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                                                        WEST VIRGINIANS


                                        WHEN:  10/21-10/22, 2017(Sat. & Sun)

                                   Starts at 6 am both days (first come, first served)

                                              WHERE: Bible Center School

                                                             1111 Oakhurst Drive




West Virginia Health Right to unveil their new mobile dental unit

WV Health Right is getting ready to launch a new mobile dental unit, a three chair dental operatory that will serve low-income adults in McDowell, Clay, Logan, Boone, Roane, and Harrison counties. A ribbon cutting ceremony will occur on May 24 at 11:00 AM at the clinic. All are welcome.


Attention dental providers do you have a child that could benefit from dental sealants but do not have dental insurance or  insurance cover sealants?

Contact us for more information.


In January 2017, National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), in partnership with the CDC, announced the project “Building Capacity for Oral Health: Fluoridation Equipment in Local Communities,” designed to support communities to either replace aging water fluoridation equipment or install new equipment for CWF. This one-time funding opportunity also helped to identify the need for assistance to support core infrastructure and inform future opportunities for similar projects.

While these community water systems work to diligently maintain their equipment, aging equipment poses a challenge after many years of use, particularly for small systems where resources are scarce. NACCHO received 27 grant applications from 13 states. A total of $125,000 was awarded to the following six grantees:

  • Bowling Green Municipal Utilities, KY (pop. 125,000)
  • City of Fircrest, WV (pop. 6,500)
  • City of Kannapolis, NC (pop. 53,100)
  • Jefferson Parish Water Department East Bank, LA (pop 243,782)
  • Versailes Municipal Utility, KY (pop 6,200)

The WVOHC in close coordination with the WV Bureau of Public Health, Office of Environmental Health Services applied for this grant on behalf of the following municipalities:

City of Logan

Town of Gilbert

Town of Hartford



2017 Smile West Virginia Educational Advocacy Day

Members of the West Virginia Dental Hygienists’ Association along with faculty and students from the Student Chapters of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association at West Virginia University, West Liberty University, and BridgeValley Community and Technical College converged at the West Virginia State Capitol to participate in the 2017 Smile West Virginia Educational Advocacy Day.

Participants joined with members of the West Virginia Oral Health Coalition and were provided an overview of the legislative process and learned basic lobbying skills from a variety of healthcare and governmental relations professionals. Students also toured the West Virginia Capitol and witnessed the reading of a proclamation to name February 10 as Oral Health Day in West Virginia and to proclaim this day as Dental Hygienists’ Day.

“The goal of the project was to support an educational, legislative day for our future dental hygiene professionals” said WVDHA President Amanda Stottlemyer.  By fostering a spirit of collorbation with other health organizations, educating students on current dental public health issues emphasizing the value of early interventions to prevent oral health disparities and allowing students the opportunity share with legislators their valued role as oral health educators and health care providers we can create a generation of dental professionals to continue to advocate for oral health across the state.

This event was presented through a partnership between The West Virginia Dental Hygienists’ Association and the West Virginia Oral Health Coalition. Educational Advocacy Day was fully funded by a grant for the DentaQuest Foundation with support from the Marshall University School of Medicine Community and School Oral Health Team.



Community Water Fluoridation Recognition

Charleston, WV
September 9, 2016
Presented by:
Senator Chris Walters
Dr. Jason Roush, State Dental Director
Fifty Year Awards:
Buckhannon Water Board
Lewisburg Municipal Water
Red Sulphur PSD
                                                                   Reaffirmation Awards:
                                                                     Clarksburg Water Board
                                                                      City of Shinnston

David Walker, DDS


We are deeply saddened by the passing of Dr. David Walker who passed away on August 4, 2016 after a courageous battle with a malignant brain tumor (glioblastoma).

Dr. Walker was a graduate of Dunbar High School, Marshall University and WVU School of Dentistry. He served as the director of WVU School of Dentistry/Charleston Division, where he practiced dentistry at CAMC Memorial. Dr. Walker was was well respected throughout the dental community. Among his many achievements, the accomplishment that he was most proud of, was opening the dental clinic at Health Right in Charleston. Nearing retirement he served as State Dental Director and also saw patients at Dr. Shalhoup’s office in Dunbar. Dr. Walker retired as Professor Emeritus at the WVU School of Dentistry.

If anyone would like to share a written memory of how Dr. Walker touched their lives, the family would love to receive them. Please email


WVOHC receive grant from “Smiles Across America”


The West Virginia Oral Health Coalition is pleased to announce that we are a recipient of a $25,000 grant focusing on improving children’s oral health. The grant is funded by Oral Health America’s “Smiles Across America”, a childhood sealant program. Funds will support school-based dental programs, private dentists, and programs working in collaboration to provide dental sealants to the children of West Virginia.

The funding will go to offset the costs of providing preventive care to those uninsured or underinsured children throughout the state. Eligible Children include: (1) those who do not have private dental insurance (2) those who have private dental insurance but it doesn’t cover sealants and (3) those who are not eligible to receive Medicaid/CHIP assistance. (more…)

On-Site Dental Clinic Will Benefit Thousands in WV’s Northern Panhandle

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The WV Association of Free & Charitable Clinics (WVAFCC) recently received $100,000 in second year project funding from the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation to support the activation of an on-site dental clinic at Wheeling Health Right in West Virginia’s northern panhandle.  The funding is part of a two year grant for expansion of adult dental services and education and is partnered with a grant from the Highmark Foundation.

First year grant funding was $50,000.  As a result of work incorporated in the first full year project funding to WV’s 10 Free Clinics, 8,539 dental procedures were performed on 5,512 unduplicated patients throughout 13,157 visits.  Sixteen additional volunteer dentists were recruited to expand the number of patients treated.  With increased hours of the registered dental hygienists (RDH) at two of WV’s Free Clinics, Milan Puskar Health Right in Morgantown and WV Health Right in Charleston, 400 new unduplicated patients were treated or referred throughout 61 hours of the additional volunteer dentists.

The clinics surpassed the projected Year One results for number of free clinic patients becoming better educated on the benefits of good oral health.  It was initially anticipated that 10,000 patients would be educated on these benefits. This funding made it possible for 13,157 WV Free Clinic patients to receive valuable adult dental health education.  Five thousand seventy-five (5,075) patients were predicted to receive dental treatment through expansion of services.  In the end, 5,512 free clinic patients were the benefactors of 8,539 procedures via foundation funding.

Benedum Foundation Program Officer Kim Barber Tieman said, “The Foundation is pleased to be a partner in the provision of this critical oral health program.  The free clinics are not only providing needed dental services, but they are also making the connection of good oral health to improved overall health.”

WVAFCC Executive Director Patricia Rouse Pope declared, “The WVAFCC couldn’t be more pleased to receive the continued support of the Benedum Foundation for a project so very important to WV’s Free Clinics’ mission.  First year project results exceeded our expectations.  Patient benefits, from the upcoming activation of an on-site dental clinic at Wheeling Health Right (WHR) made possible by second year project funding, will include healthier medical outcomes, patient self-esteem, and job acquisition and/or retention for them.  Fixing or preventing oral health problems can forestall other health issues, such as hypertension and heart disease, as well.” (more…)

Dr. Anthony Borgia named as WVU School of Dentistry permanent dean

dr borgiaCongratulations Dr. Borgia!

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Anthony (Tom) Borgia, D.D.S., M.H.A., who has been serving as interim dean of the WVU School of Dentistry since August 2014, has been appointed to that post on a permanent basis by Clay Marsh, M.D., the University’s vice president and executive dean for health sciences.
“Over the past year, Dr. Borgia has demonstrated the sort of leadership that characterizes Mountaineers in the 21st century,” Dr. Marsh said. “He has been bold. He believes that WVU can be a national leader in dentistry. He has dedicated himself to the students and patients served by the School of Dentistry, and most importantly, to the oral health of all West Virginians. WVU will be well served by having him at the forefront of our efforts to make the entire state healthier.”

Borgia joined WVU in 2010 and served as assistant professor and chair of the WVU Department of Endodontics, prior to taking the school’s top post.
“I truly believe that the West Virginia University School of Dentistry has all the elements to become a national leader in dental education and oral health,” Borgia said. “Most importantly, we have the very best people anywhere – excellent students, a great faculty, and a cooperative, multitalented staff – all of whom display a unity of purpose that is rare to find in any institution. I was impressed from my first day here at WVU, and I continue to be impressed with all of our people. I owe the citizens of this state a great deal and am proud to call myself a Mountaineer and to be counted among them. Everyone has been very good to me, particularly my colleagues in the Health Sciences Center and the alumni of the School of Dentistry. Working together, we have what it takes to make this School anything we want it to be and to take it to any place we want it to go.”
Borgia received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the Georgetown University School of Dentistry and completed a two-year internship in general dentistry with the U.S. Air Force. After leaving the Air Force, he joined the Procter & Gamble Company in Cincinnati, where he was tasked to conduct research in bone metabolism, specifically for the development and clinical testing of skeletal imaging agents.
He later received a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Endodontics from the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine and is board certified in endodontics. He also received a master’s degree in health administration from Suffolk University in Boston.
“As a land-grant institution, it is our charge to educate West Virginians and return them back to the Mountain State to provide high quality oral healthcare for generations of Mountaineers to come. In fact, we consider it a point of pride that more than 80 percent of the practicing dentists in West Virginia are graduates of our School,” Borgia said. “We will continue to produce highly skilled oral health professionals and to provide care to the patients who rely on us for treatment. And, we will do our part to further elevate the reputation of the Health Sciences Center and the University.”