Aiming to improve oral health in rural, underserved communities, the Florida Rural Health Association has launched the Oral Health Fluoride Varnish Program with the assistance of $15,000 grant from United Healthcare.
The program will provide fluoride varnish treatments to children in Putnam and Hamilton counties. Fluoride varnish is a safe and highly effective method to prevent tooth decay.
A check presentation Wednesday at the Redland Christian Migrant Association (RCMA) Head Start program office in Palatka brought together United Healthcare Community Plan of Florida CEO Michael Lawton, FRHA director Sarah Catalanotto and several center coordinators from area RCMA Head Start programs.
The RCMA Head Start program in Palatka is the first program FRHA has partnered with to provide fluoride varnish. RCMA center coordinators said the fluoride varnish would be helpful to the families and children they serve as many families have a hard time accessing services, even with Medicaid.
FRHA annually awards an outstanding public service leader with the Wendell Rollason Achievement Award, dedicated to Wendell Rollason’s work in rural health. Rollason was the longtime executive director of RCMA.