MVHC awarded oral health expansion grant

| June 24, 2016

COSHOCTON – MVHC is pleased to announce they received a $525,000 grant from the Health and Human Services Administration (HHSA) for the expansion of oral health care services in Coshocton.

This funding will increase the number of patients served and reduce barriers to quality dental care for Coshocton County.

Dental care remains the number one unmet health care need in Appalachian Ohio. MVHC is an experienced dental provider and currently offers limited dental services at its Coshocton site.

These funds will allow for the addition of a full-time dental provider and staff to provide access for preventative and routine dental care for the underserved adult population five days a week. They estimate they will serve an additional 2,000 individuals by 2018. Oral health problems can be a sign of illness elsewhere in the body and can also cause serious chronic illnesses. Additionally, lack of access to preventative and routine dental care for underserved populations can result in dental conditions requiring more costly emergency medical treatment.

The HHSA awarded nearly $156 million in funding to support 420 health centers in 47 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. MVHC is one of 14 health centers in Ohio to receive funding.


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