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Funds from Recovery Act bolster dental hygiene program

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 7, 2010) Bluegrass Community and Technical Colleges dental hygiene program recently received a $170,600 federal grant funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The Health Resources and Services Administration under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded the grant. Funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has helped fund federal efforts to expand the health profession workforce, which includes investing in equipment to enhance training for health professionals.

BCTC's dental hygiene program will use the grant to purchase four dental workstations, two x-ray machines and two sterilization consoles for the dental hygiene clinic. The expansion of the dental hygiene clinic will improve student and patient access to the clinic and increase the number of students accepted into the dental hygiene program. There are currently 48 students in the program.

One of the biggest health challenges for Kentuckians is access to dental care resulting in poor oral health, said BCTC Dental Hygiene Professor Janella Spencer. This HRSA grant will fund equipment needed to expand the dental hygiene clinic to better serve our patients and students.

BCTC's Dental Hygiene Clinic is open to the public on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays during the fall semester and weekdays during the spring semester. Student dental hygienists provide many dental services such as oral exams/screenings, radiographs, preventive and therapeutic cleanings, fluoride treatments, sealants and whitening procedures.

For information about BCTC's Dental Hygiene Clinic, please contact Clinic Coordinator Melissa C. Kemp at (859) 246-6235 or melissa.kemp@kctcs.edu

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