Oral Health Access Initiatives in Southern Vermont include:
The Windham County Dental Center, a collaboration between Brattleboro Memorial Hospital and the United Way, was created in 2019 to address the tremendous need for Medicaid dental services in the County.
The Bennington Oral Health Coalition, a grassroots, community-led initiative which operates under the auspices of the Greater Bennington Interfaith Services (GBICS), is focused on providing preventative school-based dental hygiene services to elementary-age children the County.
The Rural Oral Health Access Initiative (ROHA) came about as a result of Springfield Area’s 2016 Community Health Needs Assessment, which identified improving oral health access for children and adults in the area as a priority need. With members representing Springfield Medical Care Systems (SMCS), Grace Cottage Hospital, Stratton Mountain Foundation, the Vermont Department of Health, and SVTAHEC, ROHA has for three years supported the delivery of dental hygiene services in primary schools within the SMCS catchment area. Beyond cleanings, fluoride, dental varnish, and SDF application, the Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH)refers students with dental needs to the two SMCS dental clinics or to specialists if needed. In the 2019-2020 school year, RDH services were expanded to the West River Valley to include the Currier Memorial School in Danby; Wardsboro Elementary; Windham Elementary; Newbrook School; Leland & Gray Middle and High School; Townshend Elementary; and the Jamaica Village School.
ROHA’s members represent Springfield Medical Care Systems, Grace Cottage Hospital, Stratton Mountain Foundation, the Vermont Department of Health, and Southern VT AHEC. ROHA strives to support in-school dental hygiene services, dental care referrals and to keep abreast of the successes and challenges of this region-wide effort.