Welcome to KDA's
 Good Vibrations  & Information Exchange! 
Issue # 35
August 26, 2022
Is summer over already?
#KDAgoodVibrations  #KDAinformationExchange  #KDAdentalCommunity

  We are dedicated to sending you good vibrations and helping our dental community share good information with each other. Submissions are FREE for EVERYONE!

We invite EVERYONE in our dental community to participate, vendors too! The name of this publication is Good Vibrations, so we are looking for positive and helpful submissions to share.

Accepting submissions. Here are the particulars: 
* This publication is sent on the last Friday of each month before noon.
* Please keep submissions to 50 words or less - you may also include one photo and one link, in addition to the 50 words (So, you will have to be creative!)
* Seriously, no negative stuff - please share positive, helpful or fun news.
* Send your submissions to melissa@kyda.org and she is gonna get the word out.
The Kentucky State Loan Repayment Program (KSLRP) is now accepting applications from health care professionals looking for help in paying off their student loan debt.
Applicants selected to participate in the competitive program agree to work full time for two years providing primary care services at an eligible practice site located in one of Kentucky’s health professional shortage areas. KSLRP participants receive tax-free student loan repayment awards in exchange for their service commitment.

Awards will now range from $20,000 to $50,000 a year — an increase from past years. Award amounts depend on applicants’ disciplines and specialties, level of loan indebtedness and sponsor commitment level.

The current application window runs for one month from Aug. 1 to Sept. 1. The deadline to submit completed application materials is Thursday, Sept. 1 at 5 p.m. ET.

Eligible KSLRP applicants include physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, certified nurse-midwives, registered nurses, dentists, registered dental hygienists, licensed clinical social workers, licensed professional clinical counselors, health service psychologists, marriage and family therapists, psychiatric nurse specialists, alcohol and substance use disorder counselors, and pharmacists. 

New program participants must begin their service commitment in January 2023.

Program guidelines and all application materials can be found online at kslrp.kyruralhealth.org.

For more information, please contact Lisa Garza (KSLRP@uky.edu; 606-439-3557, Ext. 83490).
Looking to Make a Medicaid Difference in Dentistry?
KDA is Looking for a new Medicaid TAC Member…
The KDA needs a new member to serve on its Medicaid Dental Technical Advisory Committee (TAC). This committee currently meets four times per year via ZOOM. Their meetings are approximately two hours long on Friday afternoons from 2-4 p.m. Eastern Time.

Contact KDA Executive Director, Mr. Richard Whitehouse at whitehouse@kyda.org or Dr. Garth Bobrowski, TAC Chair, at whitnic2@msn.com or go to Dental Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) - Cabinet for Health and Family Services (ky.gov) for more information.
The Kentucky Oral Health Coalition has partnered with Delta Dental of Kentucky and the Face It Movement to develop trainings and resources for oral health professionals to keep kids safe in their communities.

We have hosted the Pediatric Abusive Head Trauma for Oral Health Professionals training several times over the last two years and trained hundreds of professionals across the state. Now we are developing the next level training to build on your knowledge. 

We want to hear from you about your training interests and needs to feel confident in your ability to recognize the signs of child maltreatment and keep kids safe - and ensure your colleagues are equipped to do the same! 
Complete our brief survey to tell us what you want to see in our next training. This survey will take less than 10 minutes, and those who complete it will be entered to win a $25 gift card.

Haven't taken the Pediatric Abusive Head Trauma for Oral Health Professionals training yet? We will be offering this training virtually during TEN-4 Week on October 7th. Register now!
The Kentucky Oral Health Coalition will host a quarterly meeting on Friday, September 23, 2022, from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET.
This will be a hybrid event with limited in-person seating. CEUs are available for KOHC members. Join us after the meeting for an optional listening session for oral health professionals with Aetna Better Health of Kentucky from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM ET.

Participants of the optional listening session will receive a $25 gift card for attending. Lunch will be provided during the listening session for in-person attendees and a meal voucher will be provided for those attending virtually.
Register for the September KOHC Quarterly Meeting and Optional Aetna Listening Session.
Complete Prescriptions 3X Faster
iPrescribe®, by DrFirst, brings you the full power of e-prescribing in a simple, user-friendly app with controlled and non-controlled drug prescribing, medication history data, in-workflow prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) checking, and patient-specific out-of-pocket drug costs. 
Please support our Kentucky Dental Foundation and sign up for our specialty license plate!
If we don't use it, we're gonna lose it! We are in serious need of more registrations, or our license plate will soon be discontinued!
If you are a friend of dentistry and the KDA, now is the time we really need your support!. When you renew your license plate, ask about our specialty plate and support our Kentucky Dental Foundation. $10 of each license plate sale and each license registration renewal will be donated to the Foundation. Tax-deductible!  You DO NOT have to be a member of the KDA to purchase these plates.
KASPER Prescriber Report Cards have Returned 
It's easier than ever to read, identify high risk patients and view prescribing comparisons within your specialty. Follow the instructions in the KASPER - KOG User Guide to access KASPER, select your dental specialty, and view your report. 
        From David R. Hopkins, KY Cabinet for Health & Family Services
Here's wishing you GOOOOD VIBRATIONS!
Take care out there, eat your vegetables, take your vitamins, wash your hands for 20 seconds after everything you do and be safe.
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