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Virginia Oral Health Coalition Update

March 2018

In This Issue
 
Special Legislative Session-April 11

Virginia's legislature will meet in a special session on April 11 to determine the final state budget - and the future of Medicaid expansion. Stay tuned for updates and alerts from VaOHC. And, contact your legislators and ask them to support Medicaid expansion. 
Upcoming VaOHC Meetings

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April 3 | Fairfax
 
April 10 | Richmond
 
April 12 | Roanoke
 
April 13-14 | Roanoke 
 
April 23 | Richmond

April 25 | Richmond
 
May 3 | Abingdon
 
May 11 | Fairfax
 
May 21 | Video Conference
 
May 21 | Video Conference
 
May 22 | Richmond
 
August 28 | Richmond
 
November 8 | Richmond
2018 Virginia Oral Health Summit
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Socious: Join the Oral Health 2020 Network

Join the Coalition and become a member of the national Oral Health 2020 network - a national group of stakeholders who are working together to ensure everyone has access to affordable, comprehensive oral health care.

A main feature of the Oral Health 2020 network is the online platform, Socious. Socious is a nationwide community for oral health partners and advocates. Anyone can create a free profile on Socious and access its resources. Of note, Socious members can explore a map with details of community-driven oral health initiatives from across the country, sign up for topical alerts, and access webinar archives. VaOHC staff are on Socious, and we hope you will join as well! 

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 and other social factors impact overall health and well-being. 
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2018 Profile of the Uninsured

The Virginia Health Care Foundation (VHCF) released the 2018 Profile of the Uninsured. Of note, the profile shows: 
  • Uninsured, nonelderly adults (0-64) in Virginia are more likely to have missing teeth due to decay or gum disease.
  • Uninsured, nonelderly adults in Virginia are less likely to have had a dental visit in the last 12 months than insured adults.
  • The uninsurance rate among nonelderly adults was higher in Virginia (10.3%) than the national average (9.9%).
Check out the Profile of the Uninsured on the VHCF website, including maps and accompanying information.

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Connecting Children's and Caregivers' Dental Health Habits

A recent analysis by the
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and the Colorado Health Institute shows that providing access to dental care for parents and caregivers positively affects their children's oral health.  Read more about the results of the analysis.
 
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Virginia's Rev Your Bev Day of Action - April 25 

On April 25, early care providers will join with schools, churches, and other child  advocates  across Vi rginia in celebrating
Rev Your Bev Day - an annual statewide day of action to raise awareness about the health benefits gained by children and adults when they choose water instead of sugar sweetened beverages. To learn more about Rev Your Bev, or to participate with your own Rev Your Bev celebration, visit  www.revyourbev.com

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Story Banking Resources for Oral Health Organizations

Families USA released a new resource " Engaging in Story-Based Work: What Oral Health Organizations Need to Know" to help oral health partners begin a story banking program.  This is a companion resource to their Story Bank Toolkit.

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Smiles for Life: Front Line Health Worker Modules

Smiles for Life, a national oral health curriculum,  now includes modules specifically designed for front line health workers, such as health educators, community health workers, advocates, patient navigators, and others who support community health.  The four, free downloadable modules cover oral health across the lifespan and come with an educator handbook.  Visit the Smiles for Life website, click "Teach Curriculum" and scroll down to the "Front Link Health Workers" module to view more information.

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Upcoming Events of Interest

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