September2007 Edition
Word of Mouth
A newsletter from the Maine Dental Access Coalition
In This Issue
New MDAC Web Site Launched
Upcoming Opportunites
The Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured
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New MDAC Web Site Launched
The "to go to" place for oral health news in Maine
The newwww.mainedentalaccess.orgis now up! The site has been redesigned and updated, but if it is really going to be THE place to go we need your help. Send us your ideas for resources to add, jobs to post, links of interest,policy papers, and upcoming events.
We have addedtwo newsectionsFinding Dental Care, to give some resources to consumers who come to the site (Dental Clinics are invited to list their web sites here) , and Public Policy to reflect the growing role of the Coalition inadvocating for effective oral heath policies.
We have also added a membership page, under Who We Are. Please let us know if you want to be listed as a member of MDAC here. Individuals and organizations are welcome, the only requirement is that you believe in and will contribute to our mission"To advocate for and improve access to quality preventative and comprehensive oral health care for all Maine residents." We can also add a link to your web site here.
There are still some "coming soon" places throughout the site. These will be filled in as events unfold-- and as you help to fill in the blanks.
Allcomments, complaints, additions, subtractionsare welcome. Make this site work for you,the oral health champions of Maine.
Upcoming Opportunities
SAVE THE DATE Extending the Reach of Oral Health to Young Children:
What YOU Need to Know About Caries Risk Assessment and Behavior Management in the General Dental Practice

Saturday, October 27, 2007
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (registration 8:15)
Bangor, ME

Who Should Attend: Dentists, dental hygienists and dental assistants who work with children in general dental practice settings

About the Course:
This one-day continuing education program emphasizes knowledge and skills needed by all staff in general dentistry practices to expand their comfort level and capacity to provide care for young children, with a focus on those age 5 and younger. By refining their skills in caries risk assessment and behavior management, dental professionals can expand their practices to include younger children and have a significant impact on oral health outcomes. This course will also include a session on managing traumatic injuries to teeth and recognizing signs of child abuse and neglect.

Faculty: Drs. Howard Needleman, Man Wai Ng and Stephen Shusterman, Children's Hospital, Boston and Harvard School of Dental Medicine

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, <>

The Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured

The Kaiser Commission has just released a fact sheet on Dental Coverage and Care for Low-Income Children: The Role of Medicaid and SCHIP which is available here
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