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Virginia Oral Health Coalition Update

November 2018

In This Issue
 
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On the Blog:

CCC+ and Medallion FAQ Blog: Learn more about our FAQS on enhanced dental benefits in CCC+ and Medallion. 
NNOHA Annual Conference Recap: Coalition program manager Quan Williams shares her experience at the NNOHA Annual Conference.

Upcoming VaOHC Meetings

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December 11 | Richmond
 
January 11-12 | Danville
 
January 25-26 | Richmond
 
February 22-23 | Springfield
 
March 15-16 | Onley
 
May 10-11 | Radford
 
November 7 | Richmond
2019 Oral Health Summit
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Congress Passes Action for Dental Health Act

This week Congress passed the Action for Dental Health Act. If signed by the President, this legislation will enable more organizations to qualify for HHS grants to improve oral health education and support outreach efforts. While this is a small step to improving access to affordable, comprehensive health care, it marks the first time in a long while that Congress has addressed oral health at all; this could serve as a starting point for Congress to take up policy solutions that address oral health coverage, care, and access in a meaningful way.

Submit Comments Opposing Changes to Public Charge By December 10

Join us in opposing the proposed changes to the public charge designation. The changes would broaden the list of health-related programs considered when determining if someone is likely to become a public charge and could force nearly  600,000 people in Virginia to choose between their health and their immigration status.  Learn more about the potential impact on the health of Virginia families and submit your comments   here . Thank you for your support on this important issue!

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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Register for Tooth Talk Roundtable

Join the Virginia Health Care Foundation on December 5 for the December Tooth Talk Roundtable. The event will feature updates on Medicaid expansion, its impact on the dental safety net in Virginia, and a panel on "innovators in integration." Register to attend the free roundtable here

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New Resource Available for Dentists on Opioid Prescribing, Pregnancy

The National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center recently released a new resource: " Prescribing Opioids for Women of Reproductive Age: Information for Dentists." The guide provides an overview of different pain management options for pregnant women, or women of reproductive age, and guidelines for prescribing opioids.

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FluidLaw.Org Launches New, Up-To-Date Website

To answer policy and legal questions on community water fluoridation across the country, the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors Network for Public Health - Eastern Region and the Public Health Law Clinic at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law relaunched FluidLaw.org. The site contains updates to fluoridation laws across the United States and serves as a resource for state and local advocates. 

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Oral Health America Celebrates National Family Caregiver's Month with Older Adult Resources

This November is National Family Caregiver's Month. To recognize caregivers' hard work, Oral Health America launched new caregiver resources highlighting the role oral health plays in overall health for older adults. The resources include tip sheets on brushing and oral hygiene for older adults, along with opportunities to recognize and thank caregivers.