Stratton Foundation gives grant to Rural Oral Health Access Initiative

REGION – Southern Vermont Area Health Education Center announced grant funding by the Stratton Foundation to the Rural Oral Health Access Initiative for the 2019-2020 school year. The funding will benefit Currier Memorial in Danby; Wardsboro Elementary; Windham Elementary; Newbrook School; Leland & Gray; Townshend Elementary; and the Jamaica Village School.

During the past school year, Barb Hodgkins, licensed dental hygienist, has served more than 130 students onsite at these rural elementary schools. Barb will return during the 2019-2020 school year. Parents need to complete permission slips that will allow their children to receive this important health care service. In addition to basic preventive services, Barb provides parents with follow-up information regarding their child’s dental health and any recommendations for further dental care.

ROHA’s members represent Springfield Medical Care Systems, Grace Cottage Hospital, Stratton Mountain Foundation, the Vermont Department of Health, and Southern VT AHEC. ROHA strives to support in-school dental hygiene services, dental care referrals, and to keep abreast of the successes and challenges of this region-wide effort.

For more information about ROHA, please contact Marty Hammond, SVTAHEC Oral Health project coordinator, at 802-233-3840.

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