West Virginia’s Response to the Rotten Truth about Oral Health

Brent Clark, Elaine Bowen, Chad Higgins, Zona Hutson, Gina Sharps, Tracy Waugh


West Virginia University Extension Service has taken steps to increase the awareness and practices of good oral health. Significant barriers exist for optimal dental health and preventive care for youth in West Virginia. The 4-H Health Initiative strengthens community 4-H clubs through joint commitment to improve the Health “H,” club reliance on youth leadership, responsiveness to youth voices, and involvement of community health resources. These efforts bring oral health education and services to school-age youth. Evaluation data suggest that the model may impact oral health behaviors.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5195/jyd.2008.295

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