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Iowa to receive funding for I-smile dental program

AP) _ IOWA PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS HAVE RECEIVED A $1.8 MILLION FEDERAL GRANT TO HELP ENSURE CHILDREN AND SOME ADULTS GET ADEQUATE DENTAL CARE.

THE MONEY FROM THE U.S. CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION WILL BE USED TO EXPAND A SCHOOL-BASED DENTAL PROGRAM CALLED I-SMILE DENTAL HOME INITIATIVE AND TO MONITOR AND EVALUATE THE STATE'S DENTAL PUBLIC HEALTH PROGRAM.

I-SMILE HELPS IOWA'S CHILDREN CONNECT WITH DENTISTS WHO PROVIDE TREATMENT AND EVALUATION. OTHER HEALTH PROFESSIONALS INCLUDING DENTAL HYGIENISTS, PHYSICIANS, NURSE PRACTITIONERS, REGISTERED NURSES, PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS, AND DIETITIANS ARE A PART OF A LARGER NETWORK PROVIDING ORAL SCREENINGS, EDUCATION, GUIDANCE, AND PREVENTIVE SERVICES AS NEEDED.

SINCE I-SMILE BEGAN, 62 PERCENT MORE LOW-INCOME IOWA CHILDREN HAVE RECEIVED DENTAL SERVICES.

IOWA IS ONE OF 18 STATES TO RECEIVE CDC FUNDING.

 

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