Dr. Deborah A. Campbell to receive inaugural ‘Head Start Oral Health Champion’ Award for work with Head Start/Early Head Start children

Pennsylvania Head Start Association and the Healthy Smiles Task Force will honor the dentist on Nov. 2 at Community Services for Children in Allentown

ALLENTOWN – Lehigh Valley Health Network’s vice chair of dental medicine will be honored Thurs., Nov. 2, for her ongoing commitment to children’s oral health.

Dr. Deborah A. Campbell has donated her time since 2013 to ensure children and families in the Head Start/Early Head Start of the Lehigh Valley programs receive dental screenings and referrals for follow-up care.

Pennsylvania Head Start Association and Healthy Smiles Task Force will present Campbell with the inaugural Head Start Oral Health Champion Award “for her outstanding service and commitment to children’s oral health” at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Community Services for Children.

The event, which will take place as part of a task force meeting, will be in the Training Institute of the Fowler Building, which is on CSC’s campus at 1520 Hanover Ave., Allentown.

Campbell began partnering with Head Start and Early Head Start when Lehigh Valley Health Network received a dental grant called Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children. Since then she has donated her time to provide dental screenings and exams to pregnant women and children birth to age 5, as well as on-site dental and oral hygiene education to children and families. She serves more than 200 children each year, helping alleviate fears regarding going to the dentist and linking children to dental providers if they need ongoing dental care and treatment.

Community Services for Children is a regional leader in early childhood education, affecting the lives of 40,000 children annually. Its Head Start program is recognized as a national center of excellence.