Virginia Oral Health Coalition

Excellent Oral Health for ALL Virginians

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Welcome, Esther!
Quality Conference
Integrated Health Center
Of Interest
Welcome, Esther!
Please join us in welcoming
Esther Wong Hershman as our new development coordinator. Esther has significant nonprofit experience and has worked with organizations such as the Red Cross. You can reach Esther at 804.269.8724 or

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Transforming Care through Innovation
Apr. 9-10, 2013
VHQC and VHIT have partnered to host "QualitySync II: Transforming Care through Innovation," April 9-10 in Richmond. The conference will discuss new ideas to improve healthcare delivery through innovation.
View more information about the conference.


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Read about the Coalition's accomplishments.


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March 2013 Bulletin

VCU Establishes Integrated Health Center for Nursing, Dentistry

Coalition program manager Katherine Libby (center) poses with VCU's Kim Isringhausen & Dr. Alan Dow at the center's ribbon cutting ceremony


The Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Schools of Nursing, Medicine and Dentistry are collaborating through a shared clinic that will help identify and address chronic health conditions among patients who receive dental care at VCU. 


VCU Neighborhood Partners Practice will use oral health visits as an "on-ramp" to identify and manage other major diseases, like heart disease and diabetes, and will provide patients with services such as chronic disease screenings, medication counseling and comprehensive physicals. This partnership is the first of its kind at an academic center in Virginia and is funded through a partnership with Virginia Premier Health Plan, Inc.  


Read the full press release

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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.  




VCU's Department of Pediatric Dentistry Receives National Award


On March 26, VCU School of Dentistry's Department of Pediatric Dentistry received the 2013 Affiliate of the Year award from National Children's Oral Health Foundation as part of their "America's ToothFairy" initiative. The award recognizes the school's commitment to eliminating pediatric dental disease.


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