Dental pilot program targets children from low-income families in northwestern Indiana

Dr. Martinez-Mier
Dr. Martinez-Mier

Dental hygienists will play a major role in a pilot program to prevent dental caries in children from low income families will be developed and tested in areas of northwestern Indiana that are most in need of dental services.

Funded with a $1.3 million grant from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), the pilot program will focus on children living in federally designated dental health professional shortage areas. If the program proves successful, it will serve as a model for expanding dental services to children in dental shortage areas in other parts of the state.

The pilot program is being led by Angeles Martínez-Mier, DDS, PhD, director of the IU School of Dentistry’s Division of Community Dentistry in the Department of Preventive and Community Dentistry, and James Miller, DDS, the Indiana State Department of Health’s oral health director.

More details about the pilot program are available in this Feb. 11, 2013, IU Communications news release

Feb. 18, 2013