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WKU’s Institute for Rural Health has received a $10,000 gift from the Delta Dental of Kentucky Foundation.
The gift will be used to purchase health promotion materials and dental supplies for both the preventive and adult dental care programs offered by the IRH’s Mobile Dental Unit. The preventive dental program consists of kindergarten screenings for school entry, dental sealant program for second- and seventh-grade children, and a fluoride varnish program for Head Start children within southcentral Kentucky. The adult dental care program offers limited definitive treatment (restorations and extractions) for adults at selected sites within the service area.
IRH Director Matt Hunt said the gift will be used to provide dental services for patients living in federally designated underserved and health professional shortage areas that have limited access to dental care. For the most part, the patients of the IRH’s Mobile Dental Unit lack continuity of dental care and do not have a dental home. The service area also includes a low per capita income and high rate of poverty as compared to the U.S. average. The IRH estimates it will provide more than 2,700 dental services during 2015 on its Mobile Dental Unit.
“This generous gift will allow the IRH to continue providing this valuable and much needed dental service to rural Kentuckians,” Hunt said.
Contact: Matt Hunt, (270) 745-4138