WKU's Institute for Rural Health to conduct dental outreach in McCreary County
|Date: Friday, May 30th, 2014||Return|
The gift will be used to conduct preventive dental outreach through the IRH’s Mobile Dental Unit for children served by the Christian Appalachian Project (CAP) in McCreary County. The outreach will take place at CAP’s Eagle Community Center in Parkers Lake. The preventive program will consist of kindergarten screenings, dental exams, dental cleanings, fluoride varnish treatment and dental sealants.
IRH Director Matt Hunt said the targeted patient population for its Mobile Dental Unit consists mainly of designated underserved and health professional shortage areas that have limited access to dental care, and this particular outreach is at the core of the mission of the IRH.
According to U.S. Census Data, McCreary County is one of the 20 poorest counties in the United States. Hunt reports that McCreary has been classified as a Health Professional Shortage Area for medical and dental services. As such, the 2014 County Health Rankings and Roadmaps reports McCreary County has a 20,180:1 ratio of population to dentist. Reviewing the health data for Kentucky further validates the importance of the community outreach and service learning conducted by the IRH.
Hunt said the IRH is delighted to partner with CAP for this much needed dental outreach.
Contact: Matt Hunt, (270) 745-4138.
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