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Virginia Oral Health Coalition

Excellent Oral Health for ALL Virginians

In This Issue
Register for Legislative Day
Oral Health Access Spotlight
Gov. McDonnell Eliminates Access to Oral Health Services
Report: Dental-Related ED Visits on the Rise
Of Interest

Register for Legislative Day

 

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

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 and make your voice heard!

 

Remind Virginia policy-makers that when individuals don't have access to oral health services it harms their health and Virginia's economy.  Join the Coalition at the General Assembly on Wednesday, January 30, 2013, for Legislative Day. The Coalition will handle all the logistics and provide lunch!

 

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Oral Health Access Spotlight

Dental Aid Partners of the NRV's Dental Care Day

 

  

Dr. Wallace Huff and his assistant treat a patient on Dental Care Day

 

Dental Aid Partners of the New River Valley (NRV) held a "Dental Care Day" in September to treat adult patients who were awaiting care at the Free Clinic of the NRV. With the help of local dentists and volunteers, the Day provided 235 patients with nearly $200,000 worth of care over 800 volunteer hours. 

 

Read more and view other pictures from this event

 

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Read about the Coalition's accomplishments.

 

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December 2012 Bulletin

Governor's Budget Eliminates Access to Oral Health Services

 

Governor McDonnell's budget for the upcoming fiscal year does not restore funding for Virginia Department of Health (VDH) dental clinics, which provide dental care for over 20,000 individuals, despite a clear directive from a stakeholder group convened by the Commissioner of Health to make recommendations about the long term operations of the dental clinics.

 

The stakeholder group, after much study and analysis, unanimously recommended that a 'targeted regional approach' to dental clinic operations is necessary as many VDH dental clinics are the only access point for oral health care for the underserved in their areas.  

 

Gov. McDonnell also reiterated his view that Virginia should not expand its Medicaid eligibility, forgoing tens of billions of dollars in Federal funds and denying 420,000 individuals access to medical benefits and emergency dental extractions. 

 

The Coalition and its partners understand that access to oral health services saves lives, improves well being and saves money. Please join us on January 30th for legislative day and make your voice heard as we advocate for restoration of funding for the dental clinics and to expand Medicaid for adults whose income (for a family of four) is $31,800 or below Click here to register for Legislative Day on January 30, 2013.

 

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Report: Dental-Related ED Visits on the Rise

Hospital SignThe Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project has released a statistical brief that shows a 16% increase in dental-related emergency department (ED) visits, despite the fact that EDs are largely unable to adequately treat the causes of dental pain.


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Of Interest

Oral Health and Overall Health

 

Smile CircleOral health and overall health are fundamentally intertwined. The following links present current information on how oral health is connected to overall health well-being.

 

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Interprofessional Collaboration

 

Hand shakeThe Coalition is working with health care providers throughout Virginia to ensure that oral health is an integral part of a patient's health care experience. The following links present examples of and resources for inter-professional collaboration to improve oral health.

 

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Additional Resources

Health Bites website

 

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