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Dental clinic receives grant

WOODSTOCK – The McHenry County Cooperative Dental Clinic has been awarded $40,700 to do an oral health needs assessment to address disparities in low-income children in McHenry County.

The money is from the Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation, according to a news release from the McHenry County Department of Health.

The dental clinic received foundation grants in 2007 ($255,000) and 2009 ($75,000) to provide oral health care and educate uninsured children in the county.

Joining the dental clinic in the needs assessment are Community Action Agency-Head Start, Community Health Partnership of Illinois, the Illinois Migrant Council and the McHenry Community Health Center. The University of Illinois, School of Medicine at Rockford (Health Systems Research) has been contracted to conduct the assessment, which is slated for completion in September.

Results will be used to develop an integrated strategy to increase oral health services.

For information about the Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation, visit www.ilchf.org.

– Northwest Herald

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