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Virginia Oral Health Coalition Update

May 2017

In This Issue
 
Upcoming VaOHC Meetings & Free Trainings

View our new online 

June 12 | Oakton 
Northern Virginia Subcommittee on Children

June 13 | Glen Allen 
Early Dental Home Workgroup
RSVP  

July 11 | Glen Allen
School Age Oral Health Workgroup 

July 12 | Oakton
Northern Virginia Oral Health Steering Committee

July 13 | Martinsville
Oral Health in Pregnancy and Early Childhood

July 20 | Abingdon
Oral Health in Pregnancy and Early Childhood

July 27 | Weyers Cave
Community Conversation: Oral Health Care for Individuals with Special Health Care Needs

July 28-29 | Weyers Cave
Practical Guide to Treating Dental Patients with Special Health Care Needs

October 12 | Oakton
Northern Virginia Oral Health Steering Committee

November 2 | Richmond
2017 Virginia Oral Health Summit 
Save the date

January 11, 2018 | Oakton
Northern Virginia Oral Health Steering Committee


Upcoming Community Events

June 14 | Glen Allen 
Federal Policy Implications for State Medicaid Programs, hosted by VCHI 
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June 24-25 | Emporia
RAM of Virginia Medical Clinic
Volunteers needed 
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We Need Your Feedback!

The Virginia Oral Health Coalition (VaOHC) strives to ensure oral health is a key component of comprehensive healthcare. We need your feedback on how we can best leverage resources, support your great work, and create a healthier Virginia.

Please complete the survey by Friday, June 16. If you have questions, please contact Sarah Bedard Holland at 804.269.8721. Thank you to the Virginia Department of Health for designing the survey. 

 
Richmond and Petersburg Area Partners Kick Off Regional Activities 

Over 70 individuals from the greater Richmond and Petersburg area gathered on May 22 to create a plan to improve the oral health of regional residents. 

As next step, a Richmond-Petersburg workgroup is forming to lead regional efforts, with VaOHC providing backbone support. The workgroup will develop and implement community-based strategies to improve health and access to care. 

If you're interested in joining the steering committee or learning more about it, contact Lauren Gray at 804.299.5506. 

To participate in any regional convening or steering committee, complete our Partnership Form or email Lauren Gray. Learn more about our regional efforts

Thanks to Richmond Memorial Health Foundation for supporting the workgroup's ongoing efforts.

Of Interest
  
Oral Health and Overall Health

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

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New Resource: Help Your Community Smile: Start or Enhance an Oral Health Program for Older Adults

One in five older adults in the U.S. has lost all of his/her teeth, affecting wellness, nutrition and quality of life. A new website from U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services' Administration offers a searchable database of nearly 200 vetted community oral health programs with "how-to" guides that can be adapted or replicated in your locality. Visit the site or view a snapshot.

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New White Paper Offers Insight into Interprofessional Oral Health Networks in Rural Communities

In rural communities across the U.S., significant disparities exist when it comes to oral health. More adults live with untreated tooth decay and children are less likely to have seen a dentist in the past year, compared to those living in non-rural areas. Interprofessional collaboration and better coordination between primary care and oral health providers can help address these gaps. This white paper from DentaQuest Institute's MORE Care initiative provides key information on developing these interprofessional oral health networks (IPOHNs). Download and share.

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Oral Health Gains National Attention as Americans Struggle to Find Care

Recent articles from the Washington Post and the New York Times highlight the relationship between oral health and poverty, rising healthcare costs, and well-being. Even though oral diseases are largely preventable, many Americans lack access to affordable dental coverage and care. 

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The American Health Care Act and Dentistry

Dr. Bicuspid's piece 6 ways the AHCA may affect your dental practice outlines the how the American Health Care Act (AHCA) impacts dentistry through Medicaid cuts, changes to essential health benefits mandates, and protections for older Americans and those with pre-existing conditions. This article from the Center for Health Care Strategies lays out 6 ways state oral health programs can address AHCA changes and further strengthen cross-sector collaboration to continue meeting the needs of vulnerable populations.

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