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As a part of the Center of Oral Health Research in Appalachia (COHRA) we want to combat the high risk of West Virginia children developing cavities.


In 2002, a collaborative research center was formed between West Virginia University, Michigan University, and the University of Pittsburgh called the Center for Oral Health Research in Appalachia (COHRA). The goal of the Center was to identify factors that lead to oral health disparities in children and families in Appalachia. West Virginia, the only state that exists entirely within the boundaries of the Appalachian region, consistently exhibits some of the worst oral health in the nation.

Current Research

Given the the success of our work over the past 15+ years, additional funding had been awarded to COHRA to include a new part of the project, "COHRA Smile"

Learn About COHRA Smile