Virginia Oral Health Coalition Update

October 2018

In This Issue
Register by November 1 for Virginia Oral Health Summit
November 8 | Richmond

Registration ends November 1.

Don't miss the opportunity to attend the 2018 Virginia Oral Health Summit on November 8 in Richmond and hear from health equity scholar Dr. Camara Jones and motivational interviewing expert Dr. Matt Allen, and community leaders who will discuss health in vulnerable populations, the importance of fluoridated water and more!

On the Blog:

Virginia Oral Health Summit Speaker Q&A Series Dr. Jennifer Lee:  Hear from DMAS Director Dr. Jennifer Lee about Medicaid expansion rollout ahead of her talk at the  Summit
-  Virginia Oral Health Coalition Receives Community Award: VaOHC was honored to receive the Williamsburg Health Foundation Annual Award. Learn more about the award and oral health integration efforts in Williamsburg.
-  Virginia Oral Health Summit Speaker Q&A Series Dr. Matt Allen: Learn more about motivational interviewing from one of our featured Summit speakers. 

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VaOHC Provides FAQs for CCC+ and Medallion Dental Benefits

In Virginia, Medicaid will only reimburse comprehensive dental services for pregnant women and children, and very limited dental services for adults. However, many of the insurance plans covering medical costs for Medallion 4.0 and CCC+ health plans, also known as Managed Care Organizations (MCOs), will also reimburse some "enhanced" dental services for adults enrolled in their medical coverage. These reimbursable, enhanced dental services vary by MCO. To help providers and patients understand the different coverage options, the Virginia Oral Health Coalition has developed FAQs for enhanced dental benefits in CCC+ and Medallion.

Virginia Recognized As National Leader in Oral Health Programs

Virginia underscored its status as a nationally-recognized leader for oral health programs following the Virginia Department of Health's (VDH) grant awards from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA). 

Under the leadership of VDH Dental Health Programs Manager Tonya Adiches, VDH and partners will leverage CDC funding to increase school-based sealant programs by 5% and help localities to maintain or begin community water fluoridation through education, grants, and public awareness. The HRSA award will improve electronic health records in safety net clinics to promote integration and data collection practices. Learn more about the grants.

Stakeholders can support VDH's work be continuing to lift up grant priorities and participate in grant-funded activities. Notes Adiches, "We would not be successful without the help of our local, regional, and statewide partners and all of the great work they do on our behalf to serve the citizens of the Commonwealth."

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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Virginia Department of Health's State Office of Rural Health Now Accepting Grantee Applications

The Virginia Department of Health's State Office of Rural Health (VA-SORH) is now accepting grantee applications for the FY 2019-20. VA-SORH provides grants to a number of nonprofits, public agencies, and tribal organizations to meet the needs of rural health communities and providers in the Commonwealth. The grant period will close on November 30; for questions or more information contact Ashley Clark.

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Campaign for Dental Health Launches New Community Water Fluoridation Resource Page

The Campaign for Dental Health created a new resou rce page on community water fluoridation designed specifically for water facility personnel to share with their customers. The page includes information to help respond to questions from community members including information on the safety of community water fluoridation and the benefits it has for community health. Share this new resource in your community to address misconceptions around water fluoridation.

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Celebrate Dental Hygienists During Dental Hygiene Month

October is National Dental Hygiene Month, an opportunity to celebrate the work dental hygienists do, and help raise awareness about the importance of good oral health. Join the American Dental Hygienist Association's social media campaign to highlight the role dental hygienists play in good oral health.