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Outreach in Licking County

H.O.M.E. Coach Drives Dental Efforts in Licking County

One of the College’s major outreach programs, the OSU Dental H.O.M.E. Coach played a significant role in a new initiative with the OSUCOD, Licking County Health Department (LCHD) and Newark City Schools. Since its launch in 2005, the Dental HOME Coach has traveled to more than 74 Columbus-area elementary schools, providing approximately 20,000 dental procedures for underserved children in Franklin County.

Working in collaboration with the LCHD, the mobile dental clinic visited 10 elementary schools and provided dental services to children in the Newark (Ohio) area. These children had been identified as having follow-up dental needs through the LCHD sealant program and having no dental “home.” Classroom education was also delivered at these Newark schools by our senior dental students, (see video excerpt above). College of Dentistry professor and director of the dental H.O.M.E. Coach program Canise Bean said of this new initiative, “I saw this effort in Newark as an opportunity to have a positive impact in another community outside Franklin County — and to hopefully make a difference.” One of Dr. Bean’s former students and a Newark practitioner, Dr. Benjamin Jump (’03), was very helpful and supportive in connecting the OSUCOD with the necessary resources for this initiative.