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 [...]
Each February the American Dental Association sponsors National Children’s Dental Health Month. This month is a perfect opportunity for the Kentucky Oral Health Coalition, a project of Kentucky Youth Advocates, to share some information on children’s oral health, specifically around nutrition, dental sealants, fluoride varnish, and services for children with special needs. We will highlight one of these topics each week in February. We hope to pass on valuable information for parents and those who [...]
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
July 25th: Kentucky Oral Health Coalition Networking Membership Drive Event The Kentucky Oral Health Coalition officers are hosting a networking, membership drive event at 5:30 pm EDT 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 RSVP [...]
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 [...]
In the middle of the day Monday, I received an email from my husband. The subject line was “say waaa?” with a link to this story: “Survey: Ky. kids healthier than US average.” First, it is sad that someone’s first reaction to hearing that Kentucky kids are healthier than the average American kid is disbelief. Certainly we can do better as a state to both improve children’s health and improve the perceptions of children’s health. [...]
Guest Post by Dr. Jim Cecil, retired public health dentist and former State Dental Director I’ve been a dentist, an oral health and public health professional, for more than 40 years and I have to be honest, I am fed up with the state of oral health among Kentucky’s kids. When I was a student dentist at the University of Kentucky, College of Dentistry in the late 1960’s, the oral health status of children was [...]