3 universites and federal agency join to improve oral health in Appalachian Kentucky

With money from the Appalachian Regional Commission and some of their own, three very different Kentucky universities will collaborate “to enhance sustainable, collaborative dental health education and care” in the state’s eastern coalfield, where both are sorely lacking, they announced in a press release.

Morehead State University, the private University of Pikeville, and the University of Kentucky‘s College of Dentistry will design the Appalachian Rural Dental Educational Partnership Plan “to train more dentists to practice in rural areas and give them the tools necessary to set up thriving dental practices in Eastern Kentucky,” the release said. The funding is $400,000 from ARC, $127,293 from UK, $82,035 from UPike and $47,873 from Morehead State.

“The majority of Eastern Kentuckians have struggled to sustain quality dental health, and one of the barriers to maintaining good dental health is poor access of quality dental care,” state Department for Local Government Commissioner Tony Wilder said. His agency handles ARC matters in Kentucky.

Said new UK President Eli Capilouto, a dentist by trade, “We know that if we can break a cycle of poor health, we can begin to break cycles of poverty. Cycles of despair can become legacies of hope. We also, increasingly, know that partnerships and greater collaboration are the best – and, perhaps, only – way to address major challenges.” He called the project a unique partnership among a federal agency, a governor and “the state’s flagship institution, Kentucky’s public institution dedicated to serving the people of Eastern Kentucky, and a critically important college with deep roots in Eastern Kentucky.” (Read more)

Previous Article
Next Article

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *