The Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida is pleased to announce that Chief Dental Officer Dr. Kelley Johnson, DMD has been named the Harold Slavkin Oral Health Science Education Award recipient from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR).
Nominated by Dr. Lauren Governale, Clinical Director of the Naples Children and Education Foundation Pediatric Dental Center, Johnson will be honored, Nov. 21, during the NIDCR National Conference in Washington D.C.
In her nomination, Governale praised Johnson’s success with the Oral Health America ‘Smiles Across America’ dental sealant program and the “excellent teamwork that has made many things possible in Collier County in terms of improving oral health for local children.”
“We are extremely proud of Dr. Johnson and her significant contributions, not only to the Healthcare Network, but to the overall improvement of pediatric oral health in Collier County’s most underserved children,” said Mike Ellis, CEO of the Healthcare Network.
Johnson was instrumental in establishing the dental sealant pilot program, which serves second grade students at Title I schools in Collier County. The program involves placing sealants on the teeth of second graders and “re-checks” of third graders to replace any sealants that failed.
The program is a partnership between the Healthcare Network, the University of Florida College of Dentistry and Oral Health America. Treatments are provided on school grounds aboard the Network’s Ronald McDonald Care Mobile®.
Earlier this year, Johnson helped leverage the success of the program to secure a significant grant from the Naples Children and Education Foundation (NCEF) to fund a multi-year expanded health education, health promotion and disease prevention program in partnership with Collier Public Schools.
"I am humbled and delighted,” Johnson said of the award, “I believe this award recognizes not only me as a person, but my work as an educator; specifically, my life’s work teaching and instructing our next generation, not for glory, and least of all for profit, but to educate and train basic life skills which did not exist previously.”
Annually, the Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida provides primary care for 36,000 people in Southwest Florida (25,000 are children) at 13 medical and dental service locations including the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile®.