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Virginia Oral Health Coalition Update

August 2016

In This Issue
 
Webinar Series: Recruiting for Retention Academy

Online Education Virginia's Primary Care Office (PCO) is offering the webinar series Recruiting for Retention Academy at no charge for rural and underserved communities. The series will cover forming a recruitment action plan, leveraging the local PCO office, the Conrad 30 J1 Visa Waiver program, the National Health Services Corps, and more. The eight-session online course lasts from October 2016 to March 2017. Register online using the code "Virginia-Works!" 


Interprofessional Collaborative Care
Conference in DC

The National Dental Association is hosting a free conference "New Trends for a Healthier Nation: Inter-professional Collaborative Care" in Washington, DC, on September 14; this event is appropriate for medical, dental and pharmacy professionals. View more info.


Upcoming VaOHC Meetings
 
VA Oral Health Report Card Workgroup
Thursday, September 1 
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
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Early Dental Home Workgroup
Wednesday, September 7
1:00 - 3:00 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. 


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Study: Regular Dental Care Saves Billions in Health Care Costs 

A recent study commissioned by the Dental Trade Alliance (DTA) reaffirms that regular oral health care can reduce spending on diabetic patients, pregnant women, emergency department visits, low-income children and other costly health conditions. The white paper An Unexpected Strategy for Reducing Health Care Costs (and accompanying website) includes targeted steps for health care organizations and providers, policymakers, businesses, physicians, insurers, and dental providers to more widely adopt or expand dental care. If you're interested in viewing the full study, contact the DTA
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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CE Course for Pediatric Providers Covers Key Clinical Oral Health Activities

The American Academy of Pediatrics has released an online CE course EQIPP: Oral Health which helps pediatric and family medicine clinicians to: perform an oral health risk assessment; provide oral health anticipatory guidance and education; ensure fluoride varnish application for high-risk patients; and, establish a dental home. The course is available to pediatricians, nurse practitioners and allied health professionals and meets ABFM MOC Part 4 requirements. 

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Dental Expenses are Highest Contributing Factor to Medical Debt

Recent national surveys conducted by Demos reveal that dental expenses were most frequently cited as contributing to credit card debt in low- and middle-income households - more so than prescription and emergency room costs. The article notes this may be due to the fact that many individuals lack dental coverage. Read the full article.

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CDC's HI-5 Initiative Highlights Water Fluoridation 

The CDC's Health Impact in Five Years (or "HI-5") initiative aims to highlight non-clinical, community-wide approaches that have positive health impacts, results within five years and cost-savings over the lifetime of the population or earlier. HI-5 has included water fluoridation as one of its interventions to address social determinants of health, citing its ability to save money for families and health systems and improve oral health. For most cities, every $1 invested in fluoridation saves $38 in unnecessary dental treatment costs. In Virginia, 96 percent of public water systems are fluoridated. View water fluoridation resources.

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Free Interprofessional Practice Education Modules

The course "Collaboration and Communication in Healthcare: Principles of Interprofessional Practice" is now available on YouTube. The five-module course by the University of California San Francisco covers the scope of practice for different health professionals, key skills for communication and conflict management, and other important factors. View the course.

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Clinical Practice Guidelines for Dental Sealants

In an update to previous recommendations, the ADA and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry has released evidence-based clinical recommendations for the use of dental sealants for children and adolescents. The findings show sealants are an effective prevention strategy, can be placed over non-cavitated caries lesions, and clinicians should increase their use, where appropriate. The guideline panel did not find enough evidence to recommend one type of sealant material over another.

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