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.
Chair of KOHC:
Dr. 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:
Chair of Oral Health Literacy Workgroup:
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.