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So far Mahak Kalra has created 29 blog entries.

Mini-Grants Awarded in Kentucky to Surround Children with Oral Health Prevention Information

The Kentucky Oral Health Coalition (KOHC), a project of Kentucky Youth Advocates, is proud to announce a new opportunity for communities to improve oral health among children and families. The Kentucky Oral Health Coalition is partnering with the UCLA Health Care Institute (HCI) and the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood to award Community Early Childhood Councils (CECC) mini-grants up to $1,000 to conduct oral health trainings for parents in their communities using an researched curriculum and [...]

By | 2014-11-06T12:24:46+00:00 November 6th, 2014|Blog, Health|

Tricks to Keep Healthy Smiles with Halloween Treats

With Halloween right around the corner, kids are picking out their favorite costumes, porches are decorated with jack-o-lanterns, and grocery stores are lined with sweet treats to celebrate. But, let’s not forget about the damage too much candy can have on our teeth. Halloween presents a great opportunity to remind your family about the importance of keeping up good oral hygiene, especially to prevent cavities. Walgreens has five tips to keep good oral health during [...]

By | 2014-10-29T09:26:08+00:00 October 29th, 2014|Blog, Health|

Don’t Let Congress Wait Until it’s Too Late

Children’s health is the foundation of their overall development. Poor health in childhood impacts other critical aspects of a child’s life, such as school readiness and attendance, and can have lasting consequences on his or her future health and well-being. Throughout the years public health insurance programs such as Kentucky Children’s Health Insurance Program (KCHIP) have increased access to coverage among numerous Kentucky children. This can all change as funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) expires on September 30, 2015. Children without health insurance coverage [...]

By | 2014-07-10T09:29:46+00:00 July 10th, 2014|Blog, Health|

Kentucky Oral Health Coalition Annual Meeting

We need your input at the Kentucky Oral Health Coalition’s annual meeting. Join us on Friday, July 25, 2014 from 11 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. eastern time. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. The meeting will be held at the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky Training Room at 1640 Lyndon Farm Court, Suite 100, Louisville, KY 40223.  We will focus on developing KOHC’s policy agenda for the 2015 Kentucky General Assembly and discuss the next chapter of KOHC including its organizational structure. A detailed agenda will follow. Lunch will [...]

By | 2014-06-11T09:48:30+00:00 June 11th, 2014|Blog, Health|

Recent Kentucky Health Issues Poll shows place and income matter in adult dental visits

In January, Governor Steve Beshear delivered his Commonwealth address and stressed the importance of improving the health of our residents in hopes of attracting and retaining good paying jobs for the citizens of Kentucky. Governor Beshear mentioned several issues related to health including efforts to improve dental care for Kentuckians. In February, Governor Beshear also launched the Kentucky Health Now initiative, which among other priorities, sets goals to increase adult dental visits by 10% by [...]

By | 2014-04-16T13:46:57+00:00 April 16th, 2014|Blog, Health|

What You Need to Know About Children’s Dental Coverage in Kentucky

A recent poll revealed that just over half (51%) of Kentucky adults reported not having dental insurance coverage. In most instances, children have the opportunity to receive health and dental coverage through their parents’ insurance or the Kentucky Children’s Health Insurance Program (KCHIP). Does your child or children have dental coverage? With less than a week remaining for open enrollment through Kynect, Kentucky’s Health Benefit Exchange, this is your opportunity to enroll now! For many [...]

By | 2014-03-26T11:59:40+00:00 March 26th, 2014|Blog, Health|

Smoke-Free Legislation Gains Momentum

Today, the House Health and Welfare committee passed HB 173, which would make indoor workplaces smoke-free. Testimony by the lead co-sponsors of the bill, Representatives Susan Westrom and Julie Raque-Adams, highlighted the importance of this public health issue for everyone in the Commonwealth. Senator Julie Denton, who filed SB 117, a companion bill in the Senate, recalled a training she completed as a dental hygienist on tobacco and its harmful effects on every system in [...]

By | 2014-02-06T15:05:17+00:00 February 6th, 2014|Blog, Health|

Reminder – Join the KY Oral Health Coalition at O’Sheas on Baxter in Louisville on Thursday

The Kentucky Oral Health Coalition officers are hosting a networking, membership drive event at 5:30 pm ET on July 25th at O’Shea’s on Baxter Ave in Louisville. This fun event will allow members and those interested in becoming a member to network the evening before our annual meeting. Refreshments are on your own as we are working to build the sustainability of our coalition. Please come out and support the important work on the coalition! Please RSVP for this event to

By | 2013-07-24T13:20:24+00:00 July 24th, 2013|Blog, Health|

Recent Kentucky Health Issues Poll Shows Oral Health Coverage and Access Lacking in Kentucky

As a recent Master of Public Health graduate from the University of Louisville (U of L), I spent the past two years focusing on prevention as the key to alleviate health issues. However, I don’t recall having any discussions about oral health during my time at U of L. Unfortunately, oral health was not considered a “hot issue” in my program, so I wasn’t aware of the oral health problems that Kentuckians face until my recent [...]

By | 2013-05-08T11:00:00+00:00 May 8th, 2013|Blog, Health|