November2007 Edition
Word of Mouth
A newsletter from the Maine Dental Access Coalition
In This Issue
Maine Dental Access Coalition Quarterly Meeting
Extending the Reach
Health Careers Mentors Wanted
In the Media
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Happy Thanksgiving!
Maine Dental Access Coa
lition Quarterly Meeting December 14th
The Maine Dental Access Coalition meets December 14th 9:30 -1:30 in Augusta. Join us for a discussion of MDAC priorities for change, education for legislators, updates from around the state, and more. To register contact

Extending the Reach a success!

Over 80 dental health care professionals participated in "Extending the Reach of Oral Health to Young Children" on October 27th, 2007 in Bangor.The day long event encouraged interactive learning between well-informed faculty and engaged attendees. The program, the first of a series of continuing education programs, was an activity of Maine's Oral Health Workforce Initiatives Project, and supported by a grant to the Maine Oral Health Program and the Office of Rural Health & Primary Care of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
The information covered included Behavior Management, Caries Risk Assessment and Management, Recognition of Child Neglect and Abuse, Orofacial trauma. The response to the course was overwhelmingly positive. Many attendees requested information about the future courses and made suggestions abouttopics they would like included.
Health Careers Mentors Wanted
Can you help Maine Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Network sign on e-mentors in the health professions to help Maine youth interested in learning about a health career understand "what it's like to be a ...." ??? We need your help in identifying health professionals across Maine to serve in this important role--an overview of the e-mentor role and a sign on form are attached with this email. Please consider serving as a mentor--and share this email with personal and professional lists so we can move forward the web portal and introduce Maine youth to health careers...and help support our health workforce of the future.
To get a description of the program and an application to become a mentor go here.
In the Media
The New York Times published an article last month, Boom Times for Dentists But Not for Teeth, describing the rise in untreated dental decay, particularly among low income families, and the economics of rising dental costs anddecreasing access. For the full article click 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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