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Short History

In 1990, a collaborative effort formed between the University of Louisville School of Dentistry and the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry known as the Kentucky Oral Health Consortium. The Consortium, eventually renamed the Kentucky Dental Health Coalition, was involved in numerous oral health promotion projects such as the development of the Kentucky Smile Curriculum which is still used by Kentucky school teachers, active legislative advocacy, the National Governor’s Association Policy Academy on Children’s Oral Health (2001), the Kentucky Oral Health Surveys (for children, adults, elders 2001-2003) and many more.

While the Coalition became inactive in 2006, a steering committee of diverse stakeholders came together in 2010 to plan for the reinvigoration of the Coalition. Now called the Kentucky Oral Health Coalition (KOHC), the newly revitalized group is staffed by Kentucky Youth Advocates. The first coalition meeting held in March 2012 had over 70 in attendance. The group is moving forward to tackle key priorities and make a true impact in Kentucky.

Present Officers

Chair of KOHC:

Laura's Professional picDr. Laura Hancock Jones – is a general dentist working with the UK College of Dentistry Public Health Division’s Western Kentucky Dental Outreach Program based in Madisonville.  She lives in Waverly with her husband, Rowan, and three children, Abby (6), Sarah (4), and Lukas (2).   Following graduation from the University of Louisville School of Dentistry in 2003, she returned to Western Kentucky working both in private practice and public health settings prior to her appointment to the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry faculty in 2009.  Please contact Dr. Hancock if you want to learn more about “The New Drink Pyramid” campaign from the Western Kentucky Regional Dental Coalition!

Chair of School Based Oral Health Workgroup:

Eva StoneEva Stone, APRN, MSN  is the Director of Student Support Services for Lincoln County Schools in Stanford KY. Ms. Stone earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from West Virginia University and a MSN from the University of Kentucky. Before starting her current position in Lincoln County, she was the School Health Coordinator for Boyle County Schools. She has served as School Health Coordinator in Lincoln County and nursing supervisor for the Garrard County Health Department. She also works as needed for Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center and is adjunct faculty for Indiana Wesleyan University for the on-line MSN program. Eva is School Health Section chair for the Kentucky Public Health Association, Director of the Danville region for the Kentucky Coalition of Nurse Practitioners and Nurse Midwives and is a member of the National Association of School Nurses, Kentucky Nurses Association and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She lives in Danville with her husband and three daughters.

Chair of Oral Health Literacy Workgroup:

Jennifer HaschJennifer Hasch, BS, RDH – is a graduate of University of Louisville School of Dentistry.  During her time as a student at ULSD she became passionate about access to care and public health dentistry within the state.  She has participated in medical and dental missions to Jamaica and Honduras and recognizes the global similarities to Kentucky’s poorest populations.  She firmly believes the extreme need in our commonwealth makes our population a prime location for growth and opportunity.  The national pressure to improve oral health in underserved populations serves as further motivation to collaborate and innovate with workforce models and interdisciplinary groups. Jennifer is currently working as a public health hygienist for Park DuValle Community Health Center in Louisville, where she provides clinical hygiene to a largely immigrant and urban population.   At Park DuValle she has aided in recruiting and developing the hygiene department to include 3 locations.  She is an active member of the Kentucky Dental Hygienists’ Association, holding several chair positions and often volunteers hygiene services in free clinics for organizations like RAM and Sojourn.  She currently serves as a steering committee member of Smile KY.  She worked to develop an annual screening and literacy event for at risk families with the Louisville component of her hygiene association.   She is studying for the GRE and will return to UofL for her graduate degree in public health.  She is resolute in making a difference in access to care in the state, focusing on oral health literacy and prevention first.  Born and raised in Louisville, she loves the small town-big city life.  She is a second-generation U of L grad and a Cardinal fan through and through.

 

 Chair of Access to Care Workgroup:

 

2015 Kentucky Opral Health Summit

Stacy Trowbridge, PHRDH – lives in Glasgow, Ky, which is in Barren County and has been a Dental hygienist for 17 years. Stacy graduated from the Dental Hygiene program at Western Kentucky University in 1999.  She has served as the Dental Service Director and Public health Registered Dental Hygienist at Barren River district health department for 6 years as of April 2016. At BRDHD, we have a portable dental program that works with local dentists and provide preventative dental care to school aged children in our 8 county area. Stacy serves on the panel that helped get the rules and regulations passed for the Public Health Registered dental hygienist and was one of the first to receive that certificate in Kentucky. Stacy lived and worked in Louisville for the first 6 years and then moved back to Barren County working in private practice until 2010. She loves working with children and doing mission work so working with the undeserved population fulfills both of those passions. Stacy has been an active member of the KOHC since 2012.