News Release

October 7, 2014

OHCA Contacts: Jo Kilgore - (405) 522-7474, Jennie Melendez - (405) 522-7404   

Riverside Dental event creates smiles, healthier futures 

ANADARKO – More than 480 students of the Riverside Indian Boarding School received dental evaluations and oral health supplies during a recent back-to-school event co-sponsored by the Oklahoma Health Care Authority (OHCA). The students were provided the dental services and products at no out-of-pocket expense. Efforts to improve oral health and provide health education at the Anadarko school have been making a positive difference in the lives of children since the first event took place in 2009. 

"The Oklahoma Health Care Authority is honored to be involved in providing these health care services and products at Riverside," said Nico Gomez, CEO of OHCA. "Through this unique collaboration of state, federal, tribal and private partners, we not only give the students the tools they need for better oral and physical health but the knowledge to use them effectively." 

OHCA’s Tribal Relations unit participated in this fifth annual event, in cooperation with Indian Health Services (IHS), the Oklahoma City Area Inter-Tribal Health Board (OCAITHB), the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OKSDH) and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma (BCBSOK). The Tribal Relations unit appreciates the continued support of the Colgate-Palmolive Company who generously donated dental products for this year’s event. OCAITHB provided dental floss and bags, and BCBSOK supplied each student with a free backpack. 

Since inception, this event has provided donated dental products such as toothbrushes, toothpaste and dental floss to the Riverside students. Students also receive instruction on how to achieve and maintain good oral health. In addition to the onsite dental evaluations, each student will receive follow-up care at the Anadarko Indian Health Center, operated by IHS. 

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About OHCA

The Oklahoma Health Care Authority (OHCA) administers two key health programs for the state. The first is SoonerCare, Oklahoma’s Medicaid program. SoonerCare works to improve the health outcomes of Oklahomans by ensuring that medically necessary benefits and services are responsive to the health care needs of our members. Qualifying Oklahomans include certain low-income children, seniors, the disabled, those being treated for breast or cervical cancer and those seeking family planning services. The second program OHCA operates is Insure Oklahoma, which assists qualifying adults and small business employees in obtaining health care coverage for themselves and their families. OHCA strives to educate and engage our current 818,100 members regarding personal responsibilities for their health services utilization, behaviors, and outcomes in partnership with a state-wide network of 39,614 providers. For more information, visit or