Health and Family Services Cabinet
Oral Health Summit Planned for May
Dental Professionals, Interested Parties Encouraged to Register
FRANKFORT, KY (April 21, 2011) - As part of ongoing work to improve the oral health of all Kentuckians, the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) is sponsoring an Oral Health Summit, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 11, in Lexington.
“Although we fully expect dentists, hygienists and public health professionals to be involved, it is important for us to convey to the public that this summit is open to anyone who is interested in their community’s dental health,” said Dr. Julie Watts McKee, director of the Kentucky Oral Health Program. “We are reaching out to lawmakers, educators and community activists as well. If they are interested in oral health, we would like their attendance on May 11.”
The summit, which will take place at Lexington’s Downtown Hilton, will feature a number of prominent speakers including Dr. D. Lynn Mouden, Arkansas state dental director. In addition, work groups will focus on issues such as funding for Kentucky oral health initiatives; partnerships and collaboration; prevention and treatment; school-based coordination; and workforce development.
“Oral health status in Kentucky is extremely poor and we continue to have an unnecessarily high rate of toothlessness,” said DPH Commissioner Dr. William Hacker. “This not only affects self-esteem and impedes day-to-day productivity, but is linked to other health conditions that dramatically alter the quality of life. We have to reverse these trends by partnering across the community to improve access to dental care, and work toward increasing dental services by educating the public about the importance of dental hygiene.”
Register at chfs.ky.gov/kohs. Discounted hotel rooms are available at the Downtown Hilton. To receive the special group rate at the Hilton, use the code KYDPPH.