August2007 Edition
Word of Mouth
A newsletter from the Maine Dental Access Coalition
In This Issue
Saving Smiles and Swan's Island
More on SCHIP...
Upcoming Opportunites
September Launch for MDAC website--add your name now!
September 14th Quarterly Meeting
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Saving Smiles and Swan's Island
Smiles to Swan's and Schools
Swans lunch
Thanks to Oral Health America, Watch Your Mouth was able to give two minigrants for school based oral health projects.
Saving Smiles, a Windsor based non-profit offering preventive dental services and education to schools,was able to incorporate the WYM message in their education efforts, reaching 1416 students inseven schools with dental education and providing99 dental screenings and 37 sealants along the way.
On Swan's Island the minigrant helped connect the school withhygienists from the Sea Coast Mission whoprovided an initial oral screening for all students, and who will return this fall.
One of the Island's monthly senior luncheon programs- where elders eat lunch with the school's 32 children- was devoted to oral health! Younger students created a mural with their senior friend (see photo) about all things dental, while older students interviewed the elders about what dental care was like growing up on the island. These interviews were made into a video for the library's history collection. Check it out the next time you visit the Island.
More on SCHIP
Comparison of dental coverage inSCHIP versions.
The Children's Dental Health Project has published a table comparing what finally passed in the House and Senate versions of SCHIP reauthorization. Read on for the details
Upcoming Opportunites
Health, Culture and Literacy: Solutions for Clear Health Communication

Nearly half of all Americans have trouble understanding and acting on health information, resulting in poor outcomes and billions of wasted dollars. Learn about practical strategies and tools for use in primary care, community health, and other settings. Health, Culture and Literacy: Solutions for Clear Health Communication - A one-day conference on Friday, October 26, 2007 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Freeport, Maine. Keynote by Anne Fadiman, New York Times bestselling author of "The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down." Learn from local, regional, and national experts about the latest research on adult literacy in the US; the best new tools; making your organization patient/consumer friendly; connecting with new cultures, and more. Continuing education credits and scholarships available. Sponsored by MaineHealth and numerous partners. FMI, visit
Rhonda J. Lamb, Director, MaineHealth Learning Resource Centers, 100 Campus Drive, Unit 106, Scarborough, ME 04074, (207) 885-7661, <>
MDAC website coming in September: add your name now!mdac screen
Be watching for the launch of the new MDAC web site after Labor Day. There is a new page to list our members and there is new page to help consumers find dental care. If you or your organization would like to be listed either place,and would like a link to your web site, contact MDAC@mcd.orgtoday!
Join MDAC for the September 14th Quarterly Meeting
Join us September 14,at 9:30 AM through a delicious lunch, in Augusta. Participate in a discussion about priorities for change in oral health, learn what oral health coalitions are doing in other states, vote in elections for MDAC officers for the next year and more!
For the full agenda and registration, go here
The mission of the Maine Dental Access Coalition isto advocate for and improve access to quality preventative and comprehensive oral health care for all Maine residents.
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