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Virginia Oral Health Coalition Update

August 2018

In This Issue
 
Please Sign 
Our Partner Letter for an Adult Dental Benefit in Medicaid
 
Share your organizations support for including a comprehensive dental benefit for all adults enrolled in Medicaid by signing our partner letter today! Click here to lend your organizations support and join the Coalition and Virginia organizations in advocating for comprehensive health care for all Virginians. 


Upcoming VaOHC Meetings

View our online 

September 4 | Richmond
 
September 6 | Norfolk
 
September 14 | Video Conference
 
September 17 | Video Conference
 
September 19 | Richmond
 
September 24 | Richmond
 
September 27 | Harrisonburg
 
October 2 | Fairfax
 
October 15 | Video Conference
 
October 30 | Norfolk
 
November 8 | Richmond
2018 Virginia Oral Health Summit
Save the Date
 
November 19 | Video Conference
 
December 4 | Fairfax
 
December 14 | Fairfax
 
December 17 | Video Conference

 

Check out our 
event calendar to view meeting times and exact locations for all dates listed above.

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Virginia Oral Health Coalition

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Glen Allen, Virginia 23060

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804.269.8720

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Medicaid Expansion in Ohio Creates Improved Health Outcomes

A new report from the Ohio Department of Medicaid highlights the state's success in reducing the number of uninsured adults and healthcare costs since expanding Medicaid four years ago. After expanding Medicaid to approximately 640,000 Ohioans, the number of uninsured individuals was cut in half. Of those enrolled in Medicaid, one-third reported improved health and a majority reported having insurance through Medicaid made it easier to secure and maintain employment.

The results from Ohio so far are incredibly promising as Virginia begins its Medicaid expansion process; however, Ohio Medicaid includes a comprehensive dental benefit for all adults, something that Virginia's recent expansion did not include. To see similar results in Virginia - improved health outcomes, and positive employment experiences - we must ensure Medicaid expansion includes a comprehensive dental benefit.

To share your support for a comprehensive dental benefit for all adults in Medicaid, join the Virginia Oral Health Coalition and organizations across the state by signing our partner letter

On the Blog:

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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Join the Virginia Department of Health at Health Equity Conference and Think Tank 

On October 17-18 join the Virginia Department of
Health, Office of  Health Equity, for a free conference in Richmond on health equity. The conference will
 look into the  root causes of health disparities and inequities in Virginia and will be an opportunity to hear from speakers and panelists on how to
 improve health outcomes in the  Commonwealth. Reserve your seat here

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Findings Highlight Strategies to Reduce Opioid Prescriptions for Wisdom Teeth

New findings published in the Journal of the
 American Medical Association found that a majority of those surveyed received, and filled, an opioid prescription after a wisdom tooth surgery. As Virginia Dental Association president Dr. Benita Miller highlights in a recent Richmond-Time Dispatch article, many of these opioid prescriptions are going to teens who are using opioids for the first time and may become addicted.  Learn more about the steps the Virginia Dental Association and others around the country are taking to educate providers and parents on alternative pain treatment plans to reduce opioid prescriptions.

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New Study Reviews Opportunities for Medical and Dental Integration

A new study by the University of Iowa Public Policy Center addresses opportunities to improve  health outcomes across the country through medical and dental integration in public health settings. The report, which you can read in full here, identifies and describes examples of integration already happening and aims to serve  as a guide for future integration efforts.  

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Register to Attend Virginia Association of Free and Charitable Clinics Annual Conference

Registration is now open for the Virginia Association of Free and Charitable Clinics (VAFCC) annual conference on October 21-23. This year's conference will provide professional development and insights on operational and administration topics that will be impacted by impending Medicaid expansion as well as innovative programs and best practices for patient care. To register, visit the VAFCC website.