ANNAPOLIS, Md. (February 3, 2012) – On MONDAY, in observance of National Children’s Dental Health Month and in recognition of the five year anniversary of Deamonte Driver’s death, Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown will participate in two events in Prince George’s County to highlight the State’s commitment to improving oral health for children throughout Maryland.
Twelve-year-old Deamonte Driver of Prince George’s County died when he was unable to receive treatment for a toothache. The bacteria ultimately infected Deamonte’s brain and killed him. Regular dental care and a simple extraction could have saved his life. As a result of Deamonte’s death, numerous initiatives, including the grassroots Deamonte Driver Dental Project and the Deamonte Driver Dental Van Project for mobile screenings and treatment, have been launched at the County and State level to improve access to oral health for more Maryland children.
“Following the devastating loss of Deamonte Driver, Governor O’Malley and I made a commitment to expand access to high quality oral health services and do everything in our power to provide Maryland children with potentially life saving dental care,” said Lt. Governor Brown. “While we have made dental coverage available to Medicaid-eligible children and expanded health insurance to over 140,000 more children, there are still far too many who are not getting critical dental care. By working together with our partners across the state, we can do more to enhance services, improve oral health awareness, and ensure that no child in Maryland is lost to a disease that goes undiagnosed or untreated.”
The Lt. Governor will join Senator Benjamin Cardin, Congressman Elijah Cummings, County Executive Rushern Baker, the Prince George’s County Health Department and the Deamonte Driver Dental Project for a press conference at Cheverly Health Center. The event will highlight improvements in providing access to oral care through the collaborative partnerships of the Prince George’s County Health Department with the Deamonte Driver Dental Project, Prince George’s County Head Start and the Howard University College of Dentistry.
Next, the Lt. Governor will participate in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to formally dedicate the new Fortis College Dental Clinic in Landover, which began operations in August 2011. In addition to training new dental health professionals, the clinic will provide free or low-cost dental care to an estimated 2,000 individuals per year.
As Chair of Maryland’s Health Quality and Cost Council and Co-Chair of the Maryland Health Care Reform Coordinating Council, Lt. Governor Brown leads the O’Malley-Brown Administration’s efforts to reduce costs, expand access, and improve the quality of care for all Marylanders. Under the leadership of Governor O’Malley and Lt. Governor Brown, Maryland has implemented reforms that have expanded health coverage to over 310,000 Marylanders and put the State in position to maximize the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA).
WHAT: Lt. Governor Brown to Participate in Prince George’s County National Children’s Dental Health Month Press Conference
WHERE: Prince George's County Health Department
Cheverly Health Center
3003 Hospital Drive, 2nd Floor Atrium
WHEN: Monday, February 6, 2012
WHAT: Lt. Governor Brown to Participate in Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for Fortis College Dental Clinic
WHERE: Fortis College
4351 Garden City Drive, 5th Floor
WHEN: Monday, February 6, 2012