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UK College of Dentistry Faculty Member Named Kentucky Oral Health Champion

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The Kentucky Oral Health Coalition named University of Kentucky College of Dentistry faculty member Laura Hancock Jones, D.M.D., a Kentucky Oral Health Champion. Dr. Jones received the inaugural award at the recent Kentucky Oral Health Summit.laura hancock jones large

“I am honored to be rewarded by my peers for my commitment to improving the oral health experience in our state. Tremendous gains are possible when those invested in common goals come together,” shares Dr. Jones. 

Described by colleagues as “a connector of people, concepts and ideas,” over the years she has been involved in numerous efforts working to care for low-income residents of western Kentucky. 

“My work in dental outreach focuses on stopping oral infections before they start, managing those children who are experiencing dental disease and helping families connect with dental homes. I feel compelled to be an advocate for my patients and to help the communities we serve improve their oral health knowledge,” adds Dr. Jones.

In speaking about what fuels Jones’ passion, she says, “Our team has seen a tremendous drop in oral health needs through our partnership with several school districts in western Kentucky. One partnership in particular has seen a great reduction in the number of children experiencing decay—a drop of early/urgent needs from 41% down to 23%. Over 50 children became cavity free due to the care delivered onsite.”

Published on January 13, 2016.
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