For the 11th year in a row, the Institute for Rural Health (IRH) at WKU received an $8,000 grant through a partnership with the Allen County Health Department to continue dental services in Allen County.
The IRH utilizes the funds to purchase materials, supplies, and equipment for use in the Dental Sealant Program at Allen County Primary Center and James Bazzell Middle School. Since 2004, the IRH Mobile Dental Unit staff and students in the WKU Dental Hygiene Program have provided dental exams and services to more than 2,700 children in Allen County.
Bonny Petty, the IRH Supervising Dental Hygienist, explains, “The goals of our program are two-fold. We want to provide preventive services to the 2nd and 7thgraders, but most importantly give them a positive experience with dentistry, since some of the children have never had a dental visit until they see us. We also want to provide clinical experiences for the dental hygiene students and help them develop their patient management skills when treating children.”
Learn more about the Institute for Rural Health’s outreach by visiting their website: http://www.wku.edu/irh/.
Contact: Bonny Petty, Daniel Carter, or Matt Hunt