Excellent Oral Health for ALL Virginians

In This Issue
Meet Our New Board Members
CE Opportunities
Scholarship Available, Leadership Program
Dental Benefits Webinar
Of Interest
Meet Our New Board Members!

CE Opportunities
Dental Care Approaches for Adults with Disabilities
Oct. 17-18
Chesapeake, VA
Free, two-day training for dental providers wishing to improve their skills in caring for patients with special health care needs. 10.5 CERP credits. Register today.

2014 Virginia Oral Health Summit
Save the Date!
Friday, Nov. 14
Richmond, VA

The 2014 Summit will focus on oral health in patient-centered health care. Sponsor and exhibit opportunities are still available. Registration opens in late August.
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July 2014 Newsletter

Scholarship Available for Medical-Dental Team to Participate in Leadership Training Program

smiling-dr-patient.jpgAre you a provider interested in honing your leadership skills, expanding your experience with team-based care, and exploring how oral health can be better integrated with medical care in your health care environment? 

The Virginia Oral Health Coalition (VaOHC) has partnered with the Medical Society of Virginia (MSV) Foundation to provide scholarship funding for two teams of medical and dental providers who wish to participate in MSV's innovative leadership program, evolve. Now in its second year, evolve provides clinical teams an opportunity to enhance leadership, business and innovation skills to help them meet the challenges of a rapidly changing healthcare environment. Click here to learn about evolve. Each scholarship will cover $2,500 of tuition costs for the program (if one team member is a member of MSV or the Virginia Nurses Association, the fee is discounted and the scholarship will cover the entire program cost). 

Interested teams must include at least one dentist and one physician or nurse. Applicants can be private practice or safety net providers. 

To apply, download an application and email it to Sarah Bedard Holland by Friday, August 22.  


Free Dental Benefits Webinar for Employers

VaOHC has partnered with the Virginia Business Coalition on Health to offer the free webinar for employers and business leaders,
"Dental Benefits Improve Health and Save Money" on Tuesday, August 5 at 11:00 a.m. ET. 
The webinar will highlight the importance of designing a dental benefit for workforce oral health and wellness. Participants will learn from an industry expert and hear how one Virginia employer is incorporating oral health awareness to keep employees healthy. 

Of Interest


Oral Health and Overall Health

Smile Circle 

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




CDC Campaign: Tips from Former Smokers 


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has launched an anti-smoking campaign that incorporates the negative effects of smoking on oral health, with TV ads like Brett's Story that highlight the risk of gum disease and tooth loss. 
To spread the word about this campaign, view the Children's Dental Health Project's social media toolkit

Webinar: Working Together to Manage Diabetes


The National Diabetes Education Program is hosting three, free webinars for pharmacists, podiatrists, optometrists, dentists (PPOD) and other interested care providers to provide a "quick course" on diabetes and how PPOD providers can collaborate and make cross-disciplinary treatment referrals.  


Click here to register for the webinars or view more information about the PPOD toolkit

Please visit our website for more oral health information