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Virginia Oral Health Coalition Update

June 2016

In This Issue
 
Webinar Archive: Oral Health Integration in Statewide Delivery System and Payment Reform

The Center for Health Care Strategies hosted a webinar on June 22 to explore a range of approaches to oral health integration that states are considering. Our own executive director Sarah Holland presented on Virginia's SIM initiative as well as the Oral Health Integration Toolkit.


Upcoming VaOHC Meetings
 
VA Oral Health Report Card Workgroup
Friday, July 8
10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

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Early Dental Home Workgroup
Wednesday, September 7
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

To RSVP, contact Regina Potis.



Save the Date!

2016 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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Notable National Reports 

Two recent national reports take a deep dive into the status of oral health in the United States and the role of the dental hygienist, respectively. 

The ADA's Health Policy Institute has issued a summary report Oral Health and Well-Being in the United States that summarizes 2015 data on self-reported oral health status, attitudes and dental care utilization among adults, with state-specific data tables. The findings show that cost is a major barrier to dental health, and the report suggests policymakers explore alternative designs for adult dental benefits in Medicaid and private plans, among other directives.

Additionally, the Annual Report on Dental Hygiene from the Journal of Evidence Based Dental Practice expounds upon the ways dental hygienists can contribute to integrated care, disease prevention and health promotion, and outlines how hygienists can leverage their scope of practice to lead health improvement initiatives. Annual Report chapters are available to non-journal members by purchase.

Integrating Oral Health Services in School-Based Health Centers
 
Maternal and Child Health Bureau's School-Based Comprehensive Oral Health Services program grantees have developed a framework for school-based health centers (SBHCs) to integrate sustainable, comprehensive oral health services into primary care for children and adolescents. The framework helps SBHCs assess their current level of integration and review key elements of integration, and includes relevant resources for each of these elements.

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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CDC and OSHA Changes May Affect Safety Net Clinics

CDC and OSHA have changed their recommendations for dental handpieces to state that handpieces and low-speed motors should always be heat sterilized between patients and should be wrapped, packaged or placed in a container system. Read updated recommendations from CDC (see pages 14-15) and the Board of Dentistry's standards for professional conduct.

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Online Continuing Education for Dental Professionals 
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Oral Health Youth Engagement Plan

America's ToothFairy recently rolled out the #MySmithMatters National Youth Engagement Plan with the theme "Cavities are NOT Supposed to Happen," to encourage youth to become dental health advocates. Visit MySmileMatters.org for more information.

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