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For Immediate Release
September 8, 2011

Contact Marla Augustine, Communications and Legislative Services, (402) 471-4047 or marla.augustine@nebraska.gov

Oral Health Town Hall Meeting to be held in Gering

Lincoln—The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is holding a town hall meeting in Gering on Tuesday, September 20th to get public input on the state’s Oral Health Plan. It will be held at the Scotts Bluff County Administration Building, 1825 10th St., from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

“Input from this meeting will help DHHS develop a State Plan that fits the needs of all Nebraskans,” said Dr. Joann Schaefer, Chief Medical Officer. “The goal of the plan is to achieve the best possible oral health care for everyone.”

This meeting is one of a series that DHHS hopes will bring together local dentists and hygienists, health officials, and members of the public who have questions or concerns about oral health information and services in Nebraska.

There will be a brief presentation on the plan by the Office of Oral Health and Dentistry, followed by an opportunity for public feedback. A summary of the plan will be available. The entire draft plan can be found on the DHHS website at http://www.dhhs.ne.gov/publichealth/Pages/dental_index.aspx. An online survey form provides an opportunity for input.

Dentists and health care workers are encouraged to attend to offer their insight on local resources and challenges in oral healthcare.

“The plan is a living document that will be shaped by the input of stakeholders, followed by the development of a broad-based coalition that will refine and implement it,” Dr. Schaefer said.

For more information about the forum, contact Jeff Sheldon, Community Health Educator in the DHHS Office of Oral Health and Dentistry, (402) 471-9747 or jeff.sheldon@nebraska.gov.

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