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Local effort to provide dental care for every child spreads

"I grew up in a family that didn’t have access to dental care. It was a luxury that my parents could not afford. This resulted in cavities that could have been prevented.

Today, many families in Oregon are in a similar predicament. In fact, many children have rampant decay, which is defined as seven or more teeth rotting down to the gums. The statistics are sobering: 17,000 children between the ages of 6 and 9 in our state have rampant decay, and one in five children has untreated decay. Poor oral hygiene leads to larger health issues, children missing school and added financial stress on families."

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Tax-Aide Interview on KKNU

United Way and AARP sat down with Tracy Berry from KKNU to discuss Tax-Aide services for 2017. Click here to listen. 

United Way of Lane County Aims to Improve Oral Health

EUGENE, Ore. -- A team of volunteers spent their MLK day trying to improve the smiles of thousands of kids by putting together dental kits. 

It’s all part of an effort by the United Way and local bike trailer company Burley.

Oregon's childhood dental disease rates are some of the highest in the country, so the team set out to provide resources for kids and their families.

Listen to complete coverage on KEZI

With Funding from United Way Local Program Helps Children and Parents Prepare for Kindergarten

For kids and parents, starting kindergarten can be difficult.

A program in a number of Lane County elementary schools created by a Eugene researcher is improving the school readiness of young children, easing the transition into kindergarten.

"Some kids are really shy and anxious," said Katherine Pears, creator of the Kids In Transition To School program. "They're crying, withdrawn, scared. But we're able to get them to; by the time they go into kindergarten, they're walking in like they know the place."

Read the complete article on the Register-Guard.

Leaders and community members assess 2015 health survey

After a year-long process, the results from the 2015 Lane County Community Health Assessment survey are in.

Tuesday night, health leaders and community members gathered to look at what matters most to residents when it comes to health services.

Watch coverage on KVAL

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