West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Cabinet Secretary Karen L. Bowling announced the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has awarded the West Virginia Oral Health Program a $1.5 million Oral Disease Prevention Programs grant.
The program will receive $310,600 each year for a 5-year period.
“The new sealant project is great news for West Virginia and it will be an asset to children and families statewide by providing preventive dental services in a school-based setting,” Bowling said.
The grant funding will be used to develop and implement the West Virginia Dental Sealant Project, which will reach 109 schools during the five-year project period.
“The West Virginia Oral Health Program will work closely with the Department of Education, local dental providers and other community partners to reduce the incidence of childhood cavities through the application of dental sealants to children who might not otherwise receive preventive dental services,” said Dr. Jason Roush, dental director for the WVOHP.
For more information about the West Virginia Oral Health Program, call 1-800-642-9704 or visit http://www.wvdhhr.org/mcfh/icah/oral_health_program.asp.