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Chicago Dentist Testifies on Congresswoman Kelly’s Action for Dental Health Act

May 17, 2017
Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Congresswoman Robin Kelly welcomed Chicago’s Dr. Cheryl Watson-Lowry, DDS to testify before Congress on the Action for Dental Health Act. Dr. Watson-Lowry testified before the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Health Subcommittee.

“I’m so pleased to welcome a fantastic dentist and friend, Dr. Watson-Lowry, to testify before Congress. As a Chicagoland dentist, Dr. Watson-Lowry has a deep and personal understanding of the unmet need for oral and dental health in communities around our nation,” said Congresswoman Robin Kelly, Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust. “I’m so honored to have Dr. Watson-Lowry and the American Dental Association supporting the Action for Dental Health Act. By working together and providing seed funding, we are opening the door to new innovations that will help bring dental and oral health care to all American families.”

Congresswoman Kelly introduced the bipartisan Action for Dental Health Act to help provide life-saving and life-changing oral care to the 181 million Americans who will never visit a dentist. The legislation supports grants for volunteer dental projects in underserved communities that are often rural or inner-city.

The Action for Dental Health Act is designed to encourage and reward innovation that provides high-quality dental care to American families. Congressman Michael Simpson, D.M.D (R-ID) is a co-sponsor of this legislation.

“Millions of Americans suffer pain and poor oral health because they cannot afford or cannot get to a dentist. The Action for Dental Health Act is an important first step in bringing this critical health care to underserved communities, both in rural and urban America,” said Dr. Watson-Lowry. “I thank Congresswoman Kelly for introducing this important legislation and thank the subcommittee for allowing me to testify. I hope that they will move quickly to pass this important bill.”

Dr. Watson-Lowry has been practicing dentistry in Chicago for 30 years after taking over her father’s dental practice in 1987. She is member of the American Dental Association, National Dental Association, Illinois State Dental Society, Chicago Dental Society, Odontographic Society of Chicago and the Lincoln Dental Society.

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