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Virginia Oral Health Coalition Update

April 2018

In This Issue
 
Join us May 3! 
  
Join us this Thursday, May 3, for the Spring Appalachian Oral Health Forum!

Today (April 30) is the last day
to pre-register.
Upcoming VaOHC Meetings

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May 3 | Abingdon
 
May 11 | Video Conference
 
May 14 | Manassas
 
May 21 | Video Conference
 
May 21 | Video Conference
 
May 22 | Richmond
 
June 5 | Fairfax

July 13 | Fairfax
 
August 7 | Fairfax

 
August 28 | Richmond
 
November 8 | Richmond
2018 Virginia Oral Health Summit
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A State of Decay Offers Key Findings for Virginia Seniors
 
Oral Health America's national report  A State of Decay, Vol. IV examines key indicators that  impact the oral health of older adults in all states. Virginia narrowly earned a "Good" rating with a 70% score, putting us 11 th  in the nation for our efforts to improve oral heal th in seniors.  With 1.35 million seniors living in Virginia (16% of our total population), this report illustrates Virginia's progress and identifies a need for continued action to ensure America's rapidly growing older population ages healthily and independently. 


Will Virginia Expand Medicaid?

The Virginia General Assembly convened this year without a budget because the House and Senate were unable to come to an agreement on Medicaid expansion (the House supports expansion, the Senate does not).

To address the budget impasse, Governor Northam called a special session on April 11 to address the budget, and the Virginia House of Delegates again approved a state budget that will expand Medicaid eligibility, and coverage for emergency dental extractions, to about 400,000 low-income Virginia adults. 

Now all eyes are on the Senate, which will convene to take up budget discussions on May 14. There appears to be momentum toward expansion, as two republican senators recently went on record expressing support for Medicaid expansion; however, Senate Finance Committee chair Tommy Norment remains staunchly opposed. 

While we wait for the Senate to convene, take a moment to let your senator know how you feel about Medicaid expansion. 

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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Oral Health Professionals' Guide for Working with State Legislators 

The National Conference of State Legislatures released State Legislators: Who They Are and How to Work with Them: A Guide for Oral Health Professionals to help oral health professionals and directors better understand sta te  leg islatures and oral h ealth policy-making and how to identify community partners w ho can amplify their message to legislators.
 

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CDHP Announces Multi-Generational Oral Health Initiative

Children's Dental Health Project (CDHP) announces a new initiative to explore multi-generational policy solutions that address oral health within the context of the whole family. Parents' access to dental care influences the health and stability of the entire family; CDHP will explore how oral health intersects with the economic stability of families, children's educational outcomes and other areas.

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Nurse Practitioner & Dentist Model for Primary Care

Harvard School of Dental Medicine and Northeastern University School of Nursing partnered to develop  The Nurse Practitioner & Dentist Model for Primary Care: A Guide for Implementing Collaborative Care in U.S. Dental Schools   - a person-centered care model to address patients' chronic conditions along with their oral health needs. The American Dental Education Association will hold a free webinar on May 1 at 12:00 p.m. ET to discuss this new resources and implementation steps. 
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