Envision 2020 is a community-driven strategic planning effort involving citizens and leaders in the Central Alabama counties of Autauga, Elmore, Lowndes, Macon and Montgomery – the River Region. Its purpose is to develop shared goals encompassing all aspects of the region’s future and to see that those goals are implemented.
River Region Healthcare Access Initiative
Our Vision: A medical home for every resident of the River Region.
Our Mission: To create the permanent relationship structure that will ensure a financially sustainable, accessible, affordable and comprehensive healthcare system for every citizen of the River Region.
Oral Health Conference - (Credit: Allison Griffin of Montgomery Advertiser)
The Oral Health Conference 2014 was held Friday September 12, 2014 at Auburn University Montgomery and featured Dr. Claude Earl Fox as the guest speaker.
Poor oral health, like other chronic health conditions, is a problem for the River Region, experts agree, and the need for attention is great. But the root causes of that poor oral health are debatable, as are the potential solutions.
The financial and social causes were addressed by a number of experts at a recent Oral Health Conference 2014, sponsored by Envision 2020 and held at Auburn Montgomery. Envision 2020 is a strategic planning group that works to find solutions for social issues in the five-county River Region.
Oral health, or the lack of it, is a community issue, said Earl Fox, M.D., the keynote speaker at the conference. Children with poor oral health are three times more likely to miss school, and in adults, problems in the mouth exacerbate other health issues such as diabetes, in addition to causing lost productivity at work, Fox said.