WV KIDS COUNT Plans Oral Health Initiative

West Virginia KIDS COUNT is planning a new initiative to improve the oral health of the state's children.

Executive Director Margie Hale says the Claude Worthington
Benedum Foundation has awarded a $105,500 grant for the Children's Oral Health Initiative.

Hale said Monday in a news release that the funding will be used
to develop an oral health indicator for the annual KIDS COUNT Data
Book and to publish an essay on the state of children's oral health
in West Virginia.

The goal is to educate policymakers and the public about the importance of preventive dental care for young children.

The grant also will be used to advocate for a Medicaid policy that would reimburse primary care providers for preventive dental
care for young children.

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