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DOH-Volusia - DOH-Volusia Earns Prudential Productivity Award

June 12, 2018

Daytona Beach - Time and a lack of dentists willing to see young children keep parents from getting dental care for their children, according to a survey conducted by the Department of Health in Volusia County (DOH-Volusia). To improve access to dental care, the department's Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program and dental clinic collaborated on an initiative that has earned the agency a Prudential Productivity Award from TaxWatch.

Recognizing that many children age 1 to 5 enrolled in WIC programs have never seen a dentist, the initiative was designed to make dental care more convenient for parents by providing it during a WIC appointment. Dental care was offered by a dental hygienist in the WIC office and included preventive dental care, dental education and referrals, as needed, to this vulnerable population. 

The collaboration has been well received by parents and has expanded to the DOH-Volusia's three WIC sites in Daytona Beach, New Smyrna Beach and Orange City. 

The initiative began in January 2016. During the first year, nearly 2,000 children age 1 to 5 years old received care. 

According to www.floridataxwatch.org, TaxWatch selects winners annually for the Prudential Productivity Awards from nominations submitted by state agencies and other organizations.

For more information on dental services offered to children, please visit volusiahealth.com/dental.

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