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Media Advisory

For immediate use:

Nov. 26, 2007

Chancellor's visit to highlight Tri-County health organization Wednesday

Media representatives are invited to attend Wednesday when Chancellor James Moeser of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill visits with Tri-County Community Health Council Inc. officials (including dental and medical practitioners) in Dunn. Part of Moeser’s Carolina Connects initiative, this visit will show how Tri-County is advancing health in a five-county area of rural southeastern North Carolina.

Wednesday (Nov. 28)
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Tri-County Family Dental Center
1508 Maple Grove Church Road

Tri-County officials will also discuss a new partnership between Tri-County and the UNC School of Dentistry. Tri-County officials meeting with Moeser will include J. Michael Baker, Tri-County Community Health Council Inc. chief executive officer; Dr. Horace Harris, Tri-County Family Dental Center director; Dr. Jason Lee, staff dentist and UNC School of Dentistry alumnus; and Dr. Venkat Prasad, Tri-County Community Health Center medical director.

Through a partnership that began in August, the School of Dentistry sends two dental residents on rotation simultaneously during four-week periods. These residents, totaling eight for the academic year, are on-site at the family dental center Monday through Thursday, returning to the school each Friday for class and clinic. The School of Dentistry administers this program through its Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) program.

In addition to the dental residents who rotate to Tri-County, the School of Dentistry has sent an estimated 48 dental students to Tri-County Community Health Center since 2000 as a part of the school’s extramural rotation program.

Tri-County Family Dental Center is a community dental center dedicated to providing affordable dental care that improves the oral health of its surrounding communities. In February, the freestanding family dental center had its grand opening; the center includes 18 operatories filled with state-of-the-art dental units. The School of Dentistry is one of the partners in Tri-County’s Community and University Partnership to Improve Dental Access. Other members of the partnership include the Golden LEAF Foundation and the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust.

UNC School of Dentistry Dean John N. Williams and Dr. Frank Brantley, director of the AEGD Program, will accompany the chancellor on this visit to the center.

Carolina Connects is an initiative begun by Chancellor Moeser in 2004 that takes university officials around North Carolina to highlight the ways in which Carolina serves the state’s people and its communities.

School of Dentistry contact: Deb Saine, (919) 966-8512, (919) 971-0983 (cell) or
Tri-County contact: Angela Robinson, (910) 567-7161 or
News Services contact: Susan Houston, (919) 962-8415 or