West Hartford teenager hopes to bring dental exams to schools

Jan 22, 2018 by

Connecticut has made huge strides in improving access to dental care and reducing disparities over the years, but health care advocates and providers are concerned about what will happen going forward given the state’s financial challenges and potential Medicaid cuts at the federal level.

One teenager from West Hartford hopes to help more school-aged kids receive dental exams during these uncertain times. Months ago, Marwa Abdinoor, 17, decided to study the relationship between socioeconomic status and oral health for her senior research project.

As part of her project, Abdinoor plans to offer free dental exams at at least two public schools in Hartford. Abdinoor, who goes to Capital Preparatory Magnet School in Hartford, is working with Stewart Joslin, chief financial officer of the Charter Oak Health Center. Charter Oak has two community health centers in Hartford and will provide the professionals and equipment needed for the exams.

In this Sunday Conversation, The Mirror spoke with Abdinoor about her research project.

Source: West Hartford teenager hopes to bring dental exams to schools | The CT Mirror

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