Children's Health Insurance - E-News from Rhode Island KIDS COUNT
September 12, 2013
Launch of TeethFirst! - Early Dental Visit Initiative
On September 11, 2013, Rhode Island KIDS COUNT participated in the launch of TeethFirst!, a bilingual early dental visit initiative. The focus of TeethFirst! is to promote early dental visits and increase oral health literacy among families, health care providers, and community organizations. It is a project of the RI Oral Health Commission, with Rhode Island KIDS COUNT serving as the lead agency and project manager.  

Free resources for parents and families, dental providers, health care providers, and community organizations regarding early dental visits are available in both English and Spanish. Learn more about this exciting new children's oral health campaign by visiting and
Rhode Island's Options for Affordable Health Coverage - New Fact Sheet Released
HCP Sheet Sept 2013

The RI Health Coverage Project, a joint initiative of Rhode Island KIDS COUNT and The Economic Progress Institute, released a new fact sheet that outlines options for affordable health coverage that will be available through Medicaid and HealthSource RI beginning January 1, 2014.

This fact sheet references actual Rhode Island occupations and salaries, and provides an easy-to-read chart that details various coverage scenarios (options, affordability, and possible tax credits or cost-sharing subsidies). Be sure to check it out by clicking here.

New Children's Oral Health Report
The RI Department of Health's Oral Health Program recently released a report titled The Oral Health of Rhode Island's Preschool Children Enrolled in Head Start Programs. 

Key findings include:
  • Dental decay is a significant public health problem for Rhode Island's children in Head Start programs: a
    third of children have decay experience in their primary teeth. 
  • Many children in Rhode Island Head Start programs do not receive the dental care they need: a quarter of
    children have untreated tooth decay. 
  • More minority children than non-Hispanic White children have untreated decay. 

For more data about the oral health of Rhode Island children, please see the Access to Dental Care indicator from the 2013 Rhode Island KIDS COUNT Factbook.

Save the Date: Celebration of Children's Health Luncheon
Rhode Island KIDS COUNT's annual Celebration of Children's Health Luncheon will be held on Monday, November 4th, 2013 from 12:00 to 1:30 pm at the Providence Marriott on Orms Street. The formal invitation will follow, but please note it in your calendar.

For more information, please contact Katy Miller, Communications Coordinator, Rhode Island KIDS COUNT.
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In This Issue
starLaunch of TeethFirst! - Early Dental Visit Initiative
starRhode Island's Options for Affordable Health Coverage - New Fact Sheet Released.
starNew Children's Oral Health Report
starSave the Date: Celebration of Children's Health Luncheon
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