Mohawk Valley Community Dentistry Program

Mohawk Valley Community Dentistry Program

For more information about CDP, please call 315-570-4020.

The RPCN Community Dentistry Program (CDP) has been providing school-based dental services to underserved and uninsured children throughout the Finger Lake’s region since 1995. Thanks to the Health Foundation for Western & Central New York’s CHOMPERS Grant award, RPCN was able to expand the school-based Community Dentistry Program to the Mohawk Valley in 2015.

The Community Dentistry Program focuses on dental prevention and education and provides quality, affordable, and accessible dental services right at your child’s school or Head Start site for children who may otherwise gone without dental care.

Each student who enrolls receives a free dental health/nutrition education, dental screening, toothbrush and floss. Our dentist/hygienist will also teach your child how to floss and brush their teeth the right way, what snacks are healthiest, and how plaque and the decay process happen. Parents/Guardians of children enrolled at participating schools may also sign up their child/children for preventive dental services that include:

  • Dental exam by a dentist
  • Dental X-rays
  • Dental cleaning
  • Fluoride Treatments 
  • Dental sealants (if recommended)

What’s more, RPCN’s Utica Community Health Center (Utica) and Valley Family Health Center (Ilion) provide CDP participants with Care Navigation services, assisting patients and families in search of a dental home, and facilitating insurance enrollment and/or sliding fee scale application.

The Mohawk Valley Community Dentistry Program currently provides school-based dental services in the Utica City School District. We hope to expand to other areas in the MV region soon.

Looking for forms and other resources?

Be sure to check our forms and documents page for new patient packets, sliding fee applications and more. 

CDP Staff



April Champen, DDS

Dental Hygienist

Kara Cidzik, RDH