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LOUISA -- The Lawrence County Smile Savers Coalition met on Tuesday, March 1 at the Conference Room of the Lawrence County Health Department.

Report was made by Ruth Riley, Director of Little Luv’s Learning Center regarding the first usage of “Mojo the Monkey” which was purchased by the coalition to be their “Ambassador of Good Oral Health.”  The learning center staff decided, upon the successful appearance of Mojo with the preschool students, that he would be used with the school age children.

He was a big hit with that group as well.  A video tape was being used for training purposes, and Mojo was included in that taping.  During the coalition meeting, Mojo was invited to appear at two special classes being presented at Fallsburg Elementary School.  It appears this “Ambassador” is going to be quite popular.

Any group wishing to use Mojo and his sidekick “Li’l Mojo” for oral health presentations may check the pair out from the Lawrence County Public Library.  Ms. Deanna Nelson, Children’s Coordinator at the library, will also be presenting programs in the pre-school to 3rd grade classes of the county elementary schools in the near future.

The group went on to discuss their tentative plan to work with current 8th grade students by doing a survey this school year, then begin a program to encourage the students to receive oral health check-ups and treatment every six months through their high school years.  The survey is already in place on a computer website, and last minute details are being put in place so the survey can begin.  Part of the program will include teeth whitening kits for the participating students, along with follow-up care by their family dentists.

Statistics for our county indicate that less than 50% of Lawrence County students are receiving regular dental care.  The focus of the Smile Savers coalition is to improve those statistics by encouraging the students to have check-ups twice yearly, and they are also investigating a plan to bring in a mobile dental health care program for those students who may not have dental insurance or who don’t have access to transportation to oral health providers.

The next meeting of the Smile Savers oral health coalition will be on Tuesday, March 29, 2011 at 5:30 p.m. at the Lawrence County Health Department conference room.  Persons interested in the dental health of the young people of our county are welcome to attend the meetings.


Rep. Joni Jenkins and First Lady Jane Beshear urge Kentucky taxpayers to participate

FRANKFORT, KY —  In an effort to support breast cancer research in Kentucky, Rep. Joni Jenkins, (D-Louisville), and First Lady Jane Beshear are asking Kentucky taxpayers to “check” a box on their income tax returns as an easy way to donate funds to help eradicate the disease.  Rep. Jenkins and Mrs. Beshear were joined by Rep. Addia Wuchner, (R-Burlington), Senator Kathy Stein, (D-Lexington), and State Auditor Crit Luallen.

Help support breast cancer research...In 2005, the Kentucky General Assembly established the creation of the Breast Cancer Research and Education Trust Fund to support and advance breast cancer research, education, treatment, screening and awareness efforts in the state. The trust fund is managed by a board of directors that awards competitive grants to eligible organizations providing breast cancer programs and services.