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​What are local oral health coalitions?

As part of the Healthy Smiles Kentucky initiative, many communities across the state have been awarded grants to create community oral health coalitions and to support programs that increase the access of Medicaid, KCHIP and other underserved children and families to preventive and restorative dental services.

The Kentucky Oral Health Program received federal grants totaling more than $200,000 that have allowed 24 counties to create community coalitions aimed at improving dental health among children and adults throughout Kentucky.

The first series of grants awarded through the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) and the Kentucky Oral Health Program provided $10,000 in start-up funding for oral health community coalitions in the following ARC-designated distressed counties: Estill, Floyd, Hart, Johnson, Knox, Lawrence, Lewis, Magoffin, Menifee, Metcalfe, Monroe, Robertson and Whitley.

The second series of grant awards is funded through Health Resources and Services Administration's Targeted State MCH Oral Health Services Systems (TOHSS) program, which supports the state's capacity to expand preventive and restorative oral health service programs for Medicaid and KCHIP eligible children, as well as other underserved children and families. The following grantees received $10,000 of TOHSS seed funding: Anderson, Boyd, Franklin, Jefferson, Jessamine, Logan, Madison, Marshall, Pike and Woodford counties, as well as the Madisonville area and the Purchase District Health Department.

For more information, please fill out the Contact Us form, or contact the Kentucky Oral Health Program at (502) 564-3246.