Arkansas Oral Health Zone


Arkansas Oral Health - Community Clinic toothpaste donationThe Arkansas Oral Health Zone (OHZ) made possible with generous funding from the Delta Dental of Arkansas Foundation, is a statewide initiative that harnesses a community-engaged approach to breaking the cycle of pediatric dental disease and building healthier communities. The AR OHZ combines resources and programs from America’s ToothFairy: National Children’s Oral Health Foundation® with local programs, knowledge, expertise, and manpower to address the significant oral health needs of Arkansas children.

Goals of the Arkansas Oral Health Zone

  • To collaborate with ongoing oral health initiatives, schools, communities, and health professionals to prevent and reduce dental disease in Arkansas children, especially the uninsured and underserved.
  • To increase the number of underserved children who receive preventative dental services, and ensure that they are connected to a dental home.
  • To enhance understanding of dental disease as a significant public health issue among children in Arkansas.
  • To build a network of trained oral health educators and champions in Arkansas working to end suffering from preventable childhood dental disease.

Partners

The AR OHZ has engaged a wide range of partners and stakeholders in an effort to reach more vulnerable children with vital oral health services. Local stakeholders and partners include:

Arkansas Oral Health Zone Affiliates – Safety net clinics that are part of the America’s ToothFairy AR OHZ Affiliate Network haveaccess to donated products/equipment, educational materials financial grants, and community engagement programs.

Community Partners and Coalitions

E-Newsletters

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Arkansas Oral Health Zone Resources

The Arkansas Oral Health Zone is made possible with generous support from

DDAR

For more information on the Arkansas OHZ, contact:

Leigh Quarles, MPH

Arkansas Oral Health Zone Manager

lquarles@ncohf.org

(501) 203-9841

Twitter: @ARKOHZ