Indigent health care needs, funding topic of program
MANATEE -- The League of Women Voters of Manatee County will sponsor a panel discussion Monday on indigent care needs and funding options.
Panel participants include Dr. Jennifer Bencie and Chuck Henry, administrators of the Florida Health Department in Manatee County and Sarasota County, respectively, and Manatee County Administrator Ed Hunzeker.
Speakers will take questions from the audience after presentations.
The program will take place at the Bradenton Woman's Club, 1705 Manatee Ave. W. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. for refreshments, the talks begin at noon.
Information: 729-9248, or go to lwvmanatee.org.
Manatee migrant student free dental clinic Friday
MANATEE -- The Manatee Technical Institute Farmworker Education and Services Program will conduct the Passport to Wellness Dental Project in partnership with MTI Dental Assisting Program. Schoolchildren enrolled in the School District of Manatee County Migrant Program will receive free dental care at the MTI East Campus, 5520 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Bradenton from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday.
The Passport to Wellness Dental Project will serve school-age migrant children who have limited access to routine dental care.
The project is a joint effort of Manatee Tech and the School District of Manatee County Nurses and Migrant Program. It is similar to the We Care Project in offering dental services to schoolchildren in need but the focus is on migrant children.
Both projects rely on dentists and hygienists performing pro bono. Tropicana will provide transportation and lunch to the migrant children.
MTI dental assisting students will provide pediatric teeth polishing, fluoride treatments, radiographs and oral health screening.
The event is one of two Passport to Wellness activities sponsored by Tropicana Products Inc. this year. Tropicana is committed to sponsoring the Passport to Wellness Dental Project for Migrant Children on an annual basis.
The We Care project is looking for funding. Both need professional volunteers. Interested donors, dentists and hygienists are encouraged to contact Kim Bland at 941-752-8100, ext. 2110, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
-- Herald staff reports