Health board partners with HMHP in Dental Sealant Program

By William K. Alcorn


The Youngstown Board of Health aims to achieve state-mandated accreditation.

At its meeting earlier this week, the board approved a recommendation by Erin Bishop, acting health commissioner, that the city health department begin Feb. 1 working toward accreditation in case the proposed consolidation with the Mahoning County District Board of Health does not occur.

The county health department has been working about two years on achieving accreditation, which is required by the Ohio Department by 2020.

Accreditation is achieved via a process designed to enable the ODH and local health departments to meet minimum national performance standards adopted by the Public Health Accreditation Board.

In her report to the board, Bishop said the Dental Sealant Program, which the department has done independently for at least 24 years, will this year be done in conjunction with Humility of Mary Health Partners.

She said the advantage of working together is that HMHP’s dental van will be on-site to provide on-the-spot dental care. In the past, health department personnel performing the sealant program recommended dentist visits, but did not know how often their recommendations were followed, Bishop said.

Under the ODH-funded Dental Sealant Program, the city health department and HMHP will work with the Youngstown Public Schools to provide services to at-risk children who are in the second and sixth grades. Either these families cannot afford health insurance or are ineligible for Medicaid, officials said.

In other action, the board approved hiring Shannon Sellards to a Sanitarian II position effective Oct. 21. Sellards’ rate of pay is slightly more than $22 an hour or $45,959 per year.

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