Coalition gets funding

The Office of National Drug Control Policy has awarded $625,000 to the Van Buren County TEA Coalition through the coalition’s fiscal agent, the Ozark Health Foundation, for education on prevention of youth substance abuse in Van Buren County.

Gil Kerlikowske, director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, announced $19.8 million in new Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program grants to 147 communities and 19 new DFC mentoring grants across the country. The awards are in addition to the $59.4 million in continuation grants simultaneously released to 473 currently funded DFC coalitions and 4 DFC Mentoring continuation coalitions. The TEA Coalition from Clinton was one of the grant recipients and will receive $625,000 in DFC grant funds to involve and engage their local community to prevent substance use among youth.

The DFC Program provides grants of up to $625,000 over five years to community coalitions that facilitate citizen participation in local drug prevention efforts. Coalitions are composed of community leaders, parents, youth, teachers, religious and fraternal organizations, health-care and business professionals, law enforcement, the media, and others working together at the local level.

Dentist gets certification

Local dentist, Donald W. Warren, DDS, has successfully completed requirements for certification in Craniofacial Dental Sleep Medicine by the American Board of Craniofacial Pain.

According to the National Institutes of Health, 50 million to 70 million Americans suffer from chronic sleep disorders. However, as many as 80 percent of patients who suffer from sleep disorders are believed to be undiagnosed. This puts them at significantly increased risk of heart attack, stroke, diabetes plus workplace accident and injuries.

Warren, who has a practice in Clinton, is one of the first dentists in the country to be certified in Craniofacial Dental Sleep Medicine by the ABDP.

Newsletter wins honor

Ozark Health received a Diamond Award from the Arkansas Hospital Association on Oct. 10 for the "Hometown Heartbeat" newsletter in the category of external publication. The newsletter was selected as one of the top health-care publications in the state of Arkansas and is one of the few that is produced exclusively in-house.