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Virginia Oral Health Coalition Update

April 2016

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Oral Health Integration Toolkit



The Oral Health Integration Toolkit is an online resource for health providers interested in oral health integration. The Toolkit includes sample oral health integration models, prompt questions to consider with your team, an integration checklist, and many resources you can download and use today. 

View the Toolkit and help spread the word about this new resource.

VaOHC developed the toolkit with funding from the Richmond Memorial Health Foundation, in partnership with The Daily Planet and Community Health Solutions.


Upcoming VaOHC Meetings
 
Clinical Advisory Board
Wednesday, May 11
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Topic: training providers to improve pediatric and perinatal oral health. CAB members and clinical guests welcome. RSVP required.

To RSVP for the Clinical Advisory Board meeting, contact Regina Potis

Adult Dental Access Workgroup 
Wednesday, May 31
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

To RSVP for the Adult Dental Access Workgroup meeting, contact Regina Potis.



Save the Date!

Virginia Oral Health Summit
Thursday, November 10 
The Westin Richmond

Sponsorship and exhibit opportunities are available. Contact Samantha Dorr for details. 


Please take a moment and support the Coalition's work.

 

 

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Virginia Oral Health Coalition

4200 Innslake Drive

Glen Allen, Virginia 23060

sholland@vaoralhealth.org

804.269.8720

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Older Americans Act Includes Oral Health Provisions
 
President Obama has signed into law the Older Americans Reauthorization Act of 2016, which includes, for the first time, oral health provisions. The reauthorization redefines the term "disease prevention and health promotion services" to specifically include "oral health." The law also allocates funds to oral health, enabling state agencies and Area Agencies on Aging to use funds to improve oral health in older adults. This funding has the potential to impact 12 million seniors in the U.S. who receive services from state and area agencies. 


Oral Health 2020 Update 
 
VaOHC was awarded an Oral Health 2020 (OH2020) grant from the DentaQuest Foundation in January 2016, to continue our efforts to increase diversity in the oral health network, engage new community partners and providers, and integrate oral health into person-centered care models. As part of the grant, we regularly convene workgroups to support the goals of the Virginia Oral Health Plan. The OH2020 initiative also funds four community -based organizations in Virginia to support oral health in person-centered care at the local level. 
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VaOHC staff member Katherine Libby has transitioned into a new role, supporting the the entire national OH2020 network of partners. This means great things for Virginia as she will bring new relationships, promising practices and new ideas to us, while she is sharing some of Virginia's great work with partners across the nation. Katherine's email and phone number remain the same: klibby@vaoralhealth.org and 804.269.8724.

Virginia Ranks #8 A State of Decay Report

Oral Health America recently released the report A State of Decay: Volume III the report rates each U.S. state on edentulism, adult Medicaid dental benefits, community water fluoridation, basic screening surveys and state oral health plans. Virginia ranked eighth out of all the states, with a "good" score of 83%.  

Of Interest
  
Oral Health and Overall Health

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. 
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Smiles for Life Research Awards

Smiles for Life (SFL) will award two $500 travel stipends to promote the report of oral health research. Applicants may be from any learning institution or education level and must have published or had their study accepted for publication or presentation; some aspect of SFL must be the basis of the education. Download the cover letter and application; applications are due July 1, 2016

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Webinar: Improving Oral Health Care for American Indian/Alaska Native Children

The American Academy of Pediatrics Indian Health Special Interest Group is hosting a free webinar on Tuesday, May 24 at 12:00 p.m. ET on "Improving Oral Health Care for American Indian/Alaska Native Children: The Menominee Model." Register here.

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Transportation Funding Available

The Federal Transit Administration announced funding to support the Rides to Wellness Demonstration and Innovative Coordinated Access and Mobility Grants. The goal of the grants is to find and test promising, replicable public transportation healthcare access solutions that support the following goals: increased access to care, improved health outcomes and reduced healthcare costs. Read more.

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