Grant will help fund dental screenings for kids

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WINDHAM COUNTY — The Southern Vermont Area Health Education Center has received grant funding from the Stratton Foundation for the Rural Oral Health Access Initiative for the coming school year. The funding will benefit the following schools: Currier Memorial in Danby; Wardsboro Elementary; Windham Elementary; NewBrook School; Leland & Gray Union Middle/High School; Townshend Elementary; and the Jamaica Village School.

During the past school year, Barb Hodgkins, licensed dental hygienist, served more than 130 students on site at these rural elementary schools. Hodgkins will return during the 2019-2020 school year. Parents need to complete permission slips that will allow their children to receive this health care service. In addition to basic preventive services, Hodgkins 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. For more information about ROHA, contact Marty Hammond, SVTAHEC Oral Health Project Coordinator, at 802-233-3840.

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