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Virginia Oral Health Coalition Update

December 2016

In This Issue
 
Northern Virginia Oral Health Forum
Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017
Tysons, Virginia 

The Northern Virginia Oral Health Forum on January 26 will provide an opportunity for local stakeholders to examine regional oral health data, identify areas to target for improvement, and collaborate on potential solutions. This event is free and open to all who are interested. Early registration is recommended.


Holland Named Equity and Health Fellow

VaOHC executive director Sarah Bedard Holland is one of 18 individuals in the greater Richmond region chosen to participate in Richmond Memorial Health Foundation's (RMHF) new Equity and Health Fellowship.  The fellows are tasked with helping RMHF develop an equity and health agenda and serve as advocates for that vision.  Read the full press release and learn more about the Fellowship.


Save the Date 
Thursday, Nov. 2
2017 Virginia Oral Health Summit

Mark your calendar for Thursday, November 2, 2017, for the 2017 Virginia Oral Health Summit in Richmond.  The 2017 Summit will focus on innovative care models to meet Virginians' oral health care needs across the lifespan.  Registration will open next summer.  Contact Samantha Dorr for sponsorship options.


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Legislative Updates 

The Virginia Oral Health Coalition is monitoring several key legislative updates that affect access to oral health care. 

Governor's Budget and Medicaid Expansion
Today, Governor McAuliffe unveiled a biennial budget for 2016-2018 that does not include funds for Medicaid expansion, citing the uncertainty of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) under the Trump Administration and a "fiscally prudent approach."  The Governor stated, however, that if the ACA's Medicaid provision is not repealed in early 2017, the budget will allow him to revisit expansion next fall.  Medicaid expansion would make over 400,000 working Virginians eligible for the health coverage, which includes a limited dental benefit.

Dental Hygienists Practicing Under Remote Supervsion
Earlier this week, Delegate Orrock introduced HB 1474 to amend and reenact a bill intended to allow dental hygienists to practice under the remote supervision of a licensed dentist in safety net settings.  If passed, the amendment will effectively allow hygienists who work at safety net sites (FQHCs, free clinics and others) to deliver dental care under remote supervision. 

To learn more, join us next Wednesday, December 21 at 9:30 a.m. for our Legislative Webinar or Tuesday, January 31 for our 2017 Legislative Day.  

500 Cities Project Provides Local Data, Maps of Disease

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention launched its 500 Cities Project, which provides data on 27 chronic disease measures for the 500 largest American cities, including 11 Virginia cities.  This data also includes a downloadable, printable Map Book for every city with project methodology, adata table, and maps for each measure.  The goal of the project is to inform public health prevention activities, identify emerging health problems, and establish and track health objectives at the city level.  The data will also be available online by Spring 2017.  View the 500 Cities website and the Map Books for Virginia cities.

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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Health Affairs Features Oral Health

The December 2016 issue of 
Health Affairs titled "Oral Health & More" features articles related to oral health workforce, policy, population health, and more. 

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Free Download: Oral Health and Pregnancy Handouts 

The National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center has made available several stand-alone PDF handouts, including: 
The handouts are free to download and share. 

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Shop and Support Oral Health 

This holiday season, shop 
Amazon Smile and a portion of your proceeds will be donated to the Virginia Oral Health Coalition.  It's the same Amazon you know and love, with a little something in return.  Start shopping!

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