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Health Services Research

This research seeks to identify and understand the oral health needs of Kentuckians.

We are able to acquire funding that covers the costs of dental care providers and assisting staff to provide oral care treatment and preventative services to children in underserved areas and for some uninsured adults.

Patient Care Reimbursement for Un-insured children in Henderson County
Principle Investigator:  Laura Hancock-Jones
Sponsor:  Raymond B. Preston Family Foundations
Reimbursement to the College of Dentistry Western Kentucky Dental Outreach Team for care provided to un-insured children in Henderson County.

Kid Smile
Principle Investigator:  Robert Kovarik
Sponsor:  KY Cabinet for Health and Family Services
Funds to purchase materials necessary for the KIDS Smile Program in Kentucky’s local health departments and the Commission for Children with Special Health Care Needs (CCSHCN).
 
Mobile Dental Outreach
Principle Investigator:  Robert Kovarik
Sponsor:  KY Cabinet for Health and Family Services
Funding to assist the College of Dentistry to provide dental services thru the Dental Public Health mobile van program to underserved populations of Kentucky.

Smiling Schools
Principle Investigator:  Robert Kovarik
Sponsor:  KY Cabinet for Health and Family Services
Funding to purchase the fluoride varnish supplies to participating health departments and expenses incurred by the UK College of Dentistry to evaluate and perform activities.

Ryan White Dental Reimbursement Grant
Principle Investigator:  Ted Raybould, College of Dentistry
Sponsor: Ryan White Foundation
Assistance provided to accredited dental education programs to defray some of the unreimbursed costs associated with providing oral health care to persons living with  HIV/AIDS.