Press Release

September 28, 2017

OHCA Contacts: Jo Stainsby - (405) 522-7474

OHCA hosts 11th annual dental event at Riverside Indian Boarding School

ANADARKO – An annual dental evaluation and health screening event co-sponsored by the Oklahoman Health Care Authority (OHCA) at the Riverside Indian Boarding School recently helped about 515 students get dental exams and supplies.

The OHCA was joined by the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH), Indian Health Services (IHS), Southern Plains Tribal Health Board (SPTHB), Absentee Shawnee Tribe, Little Axe Health Center, and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma (BCBSOK) to sponsor the 11th annual event. New to the list of sponsors this year was the American Heart Association (AHA).

“It’s an honor to work alongside all of these wonderful partners and the Riverside Indian Boarding School staff to help make a positive difference in the lives of these kiddos,” said Dana Miller, OHCA Tribal Government Relations Director.  

Students received onsite dental evaluations, eye screenings, behavioral health screenings, and body mass index (BMI) measurements. They also received information discussing the effects of using tobacco on their teeth, gums and body. Students also learned how to achieve and maintain good oral health. Any follow up care needed for the students was coordinated by the Indian Health Service.   

OHCA staff extends appreciation to Colgate-Palmolive who donated toothbrushes and toothpaste, SPTHB who provided dental floss and bags, and all partners who provide education and supplies to promote healthy living.

To learn more about OHCA and its programs, please visit www.okhca.org

   

The Oklahoma Health Care Authority (OHCA) administers two health programs for the state. The first is SoonerCare, Oklahoma’s Medicaid program. SoonerCare works to improve the health of qualified Oklahomans by ensuring that medically necessary benefits and services are available. 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. Currently, there are 831,893 Oklahomans enrolled in OHCA’s programs. The agency contracts with a network of 45,423 providers. For more information, visit www.okhca.org or www.insureoklahoma.org.