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Nebraska’s Children Receive Dental Care From UNMC College of Dentistry

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As the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry (UNMC COD) continues to explore new ways to provide access to dental care for Nebraska residents, treating the state’s children has always been a priority.

Photo by Margaret Cain, courtesy of UNMC COD.

Since 2001, UNMC COD has treated more than 5,600 children and provided services valued at more than $3 million to low-income and underserved children through Children’s Dental Day events, held annually in February at the college, and in June in communities in the Nebraska panhandle.

It’s something Terry Krohn, M.Ed., Dental Program Manager for Two Rivers Public Health Department in Holdrege, NE, appreciates. 

Ms. Krohn has accompanied children from seven South Central Nebraska counties to Children’s Dental Day events in Lincoln for 12 years. “The college has proven a reliable source of oral care for citizens, especially its children,” she says.

A new Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) grant also allows the college to provide care to Nebraska youth. Through the grant, the college provides dental care to inner-city youth in their schools through partnerships with Omaha Public Schools and Building Healthy Futures, a local nonprofit agency aimed at improving the health of underserved youth. 

This new partnership strengthens existing efforts established by a previous HRSA grant allowing the college to annually provide dental care to approximately 3,000 rural pediatric patients living in Columbus, Macy, Hastings and Grand Island, NE.

Both urban and rural sites can access pediatric dental residents and faculty through telehealth efforts that UNMC COD hopes will have a marked impact on the patients it serves.

Courtesy of Janet M. Guthmiller, D.D.S., Ph.D., and Lisa Spellman, University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry 

Published on February 10, 2016.

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