October 7, 2014
OHCA Contacts: Jo Kilgore - (405) 522-7474, Jennie Melendez - (405) 522-7404
event creates smiles, healthier futures
– 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.
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."
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.
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.
learn more about how OHCA works in your community, please visit www.okhca.org.
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 www.okhca.org