Richland, WA - When he was a young child, Juan Sencion was fascinated by dentistry and decided someday he wanted to work in a dentist’s office.
“I always loved going to the dental office for my appointments,” said Sencion, whose parents were diligent about making sure he got routine dental cleanings. “It was really interesting to me ... how the teeth work, how they function and how they affect our overall health.”
The remainder of the grant, $160,000, will fund both the oral health care services and education efforts in low-income and migrant communities.
Sencion, the child of migrant workers, said some of his favorite work for the program was researching how to help migrant families at a local farm.
For Terry Marie Fleischmann it completes a circle that started with a desire to help migrant families working in Benton and Franklin counties more than four decades ago.
At the time, a group of people started helping the children of migrant families after seeing them brought into the fields, she said. The group became the Mid-Columbia Coalition for Children, but as state and federal money for the project faded and they lost one of their main ways to raise funds, the program shut down.
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