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Virginia Oral Health Coalition Update

September 2017

In This Issue
 
Regional Forum Coming to South Hampton Roads

Join a diverse and motivated group of healthcare stakeholders on Friday, October 13 for the South Hampton Roads Oral Health Forum. Attendees will have the opportunity to view local data, participate in facilitated activities, and begin designing innovative ways to improve oral health. The Forum is free and open to all who are interested. 

Dental Care for Individuals with Special Health Care Needs - Free Provider & Caregiver Education

VaOHC is teaming up with the VDH, the Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Services, and the VDA Foundation to offer free programs for dental professionals, caregivers, and direct support professionals about dental care for individuals with special health care needs. Find us in one of these cities: 

Williamsburg | Nov. 2017
Woodbridge | Dec. 2017
Charlottesville | Feb. 2018
Petersburg | Mar. 2018
Roanoke | Apr. 2018

Visit our event calendar to view more info and to register online.

Upcoming VaOHC Meetings

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October 12 | Oakton
NOVA Subcommittee on Children

October 12 | Fairfax 
NOVA Subcommittee on Adults 

October 13 | Chesapeake
South Hampton Roads Oral Health Forum

November 2 | Richmond
2017 Virginia Oral Health Summit 

November 9 | Williamsburg
Community Conversation: Oral Health Care Access for Individuals with Special Health Care Needs (ISHCN)

November 10-11 | Williamsburg
Practical Guide to Treating Dental Patients with Special Health Care Needs

November 27 | Glen Allen
Greater RVA & Petersburg Oral Health Steering Committee

December 7 | Woodbridge
Community Conversation: Oral Health Care Access for ISHCN

December 8-9 | Woodbridge
Practical Guide to Treating Dental Patients with Special Health Care Needs
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Congress Must Act Now on CHIP Funding

Senators Graham and Cassidy failed a last-ditch effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) earlier this week. Now,  Congress is on track to miss tomorrow's (Saturday's) deadline to  fund Community Health Centers and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). CHIP funding supports affordable health and dental benefits for more than 111,000 children and 3,300 pregnant women in Virginia. Utah has already announced it will end its CHIP program if funding is not renewed by Saturday.

The Senate is considering a bipartisan deal for CHIP that provides a five-year funding extension and retains a funding bump under the ACA for the first two years. Any extension needs to be a "clean" bill with no structural changes to CHIP and no rolling back funding or eligibility requirements. 

The Community Health Center cuts pose a threat to an estimated 27 million patients, according to The National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC). The centers provide health care and oral health services at more than 2,800 sites across the country.  NACHC is urging members of Congress to support the CHIME Act/HR 3770 which calls for a five-year extension of health center funding. 

How YOU can help:
  • Add your organization to a sign-on letter by 5:00 p.m. today, September 29. The Children's Dental Health Project and the American Dental Association drafted this letter to urge Congress to refocus its energy and pass a CHIP funding extension ASAP. 
  • Call the toll free Advocacy Hotline at 1.866.456.3949 and ask your representative to co-sponsor the CHIME Act/HR 3770 and take immediate action to fix the Health Center Funding Cliff. Find directions and a script here.

Your voices helped protect ACA coverage earlier this week, and immediate action is again required to protect health services for hundreds of thousands of children and pregnant women in Virginia. Thank you for your ongoing advocacy and support!

Register for the 2017 Virginia Oral Health Summit!  

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Registration is OPEN for the 2017 Virginia Oral Health Summit on Thursday, November 2 in Richmond.  The 2017 event features presentations around the theme  Nature and Nurture: Recognizing Social Determinants of Health in Oral Health Care.  As many of you know, the Summit is an excellent forum for idea-sharing, thought-provoking discussion, and state-specific healthcare updates. 


Register by Friday, October 6 and save $30!

Featured Speaker 
Dr. Steven Woolf
Steven H. Woolf, MD, MPH,
director of the VCU Center on Society and Health, uses targeted data and mapping techniques to demonstrate health inequities and highlight how much your health is determined by your environment. His presentation "Beyond Health Care" will explore health and inequities in Virginia communities and provide attendees with an appreciation for the impact of social determinants of health and health equity on wellness.

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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Report: Mobile and Portable Dentistry Program Assessment

The Oral Health Workforce Resource Center produced the report An Assessment of Mobile and Portable Dentistry Programs to Improve Population Oral Health to assess the contributions of these programs to increased access to oral health services. The findings show mobile and portable delivery is an appropriate means to increase oral health literacy, enable access to preventive and treatment services, establish a dental home in the community, and address unmet needs of underserved populations. 

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Online Course: Bright Smiles for Babies for Medical Providers

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) has developed the course  "VDH: Bright Smiles for Babies Virginia Medical Provider Training" for medical providers who wish to participate in the Bright Smiles for Babies program. The course, provided as part of VDH's TRAIN system, provides information on the importance of early oral health care and preventive services, such as fluoride varnish applications, that can be done in the medical office. View instructions on how to set up your TRAIN account. Then, click here to log into TRAIN and search for the course ID 1065433.

The Smiles for Life curriculum offers additional online oral health education for clinical providers with CE credit. View more information about early dental care and fluoride varnish application, including in-person training opportunities, on our early dental home webpage

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Healthy People 2020 Highlights Virginia Department of Health's School-based Sealant Program

In its August bulletin, the national Healthy People 2020 program highlighted the VDH's successful push to increase utilization in its school-based sealant program. The program has reached more than half of Virginia's third graders - higher than the national average - and provides a range of preventive oral health services to kids. Kudos to our partners at VDH! 

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