The Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation recently made a generous grant of $10,000 in support the Healthy Kids Outreach Program (HKOP) of Mercy Foundation, Roseburg, OR. The funds will be used to support HKOP programs that provide dental prevention screenings and services for students in Douglas County, as well as oral health education and connections to care.
“Dental care and oral health education are key components of the HKOP program,” said Trina Gwaltney, HKOP program manager. “This funding from the Cow Creek Foundation will allow our team to continue serving students with dental screenings and help connect them, and their families, to ongoing dental care.”
Research supports that good dental hygiene early in life helps reinforce healthier lifestyles among adults. Through the HKOP program, dental care assessment clinics are offered twice a year to K-12 students. Students found to have urgent dental needs receive help to make an appointment for immediate care with a dental provider. An interactive Dental Learning Lab provides hands-on oral health education.