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.
“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.