December2007 Edition
Word of Mouth
A newsletter from the Maine Dental Access Coalition
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Maine Oral Health Improvement Plan Released!
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After many months of work by a broad cross section of oral health advocates and experts, the Oral Health Improvement Plan is out. The report looks at oral health from four perspectives:
  • Changing perceptions and increasing awareness
  • Increasing prevention and expanding access
  • Improving service delivery
  • Expanding the dental workforce
Each section identifies goals, strategies and the key partners necessary to move forward in each area. The Maine Dental Access Coalition, which published the report, will play a role in overseeing the Plan's implementation.
The report is available on line at www.mainedentalaccess.org or by calling 207-622-7566 x 218.
Governor's Task Force on Oral Health Meets
The first of twelve meetings of the Oral Health Task Force was held last month. Chair Anne Head, Department of Professional and Financial Regulation, and Judith Feinstein, Director of the Maine CDC Office of Oral Health, provided committee members with copious background materials, including advance copies of the new Oral Health Improvement Plan. For a schedule of upcoming meetings and other news about the Task force, go here.
New Legislative Session, Hard Times
legislationThe Legislature goes back into session on January 2 to face a $95 million, or more,shortfallin revenues. It's going to berough. There isn't any oral health legislation printed at this time, but we will keep you posted.

Maine Health Forum's new web site

Health Forum logoThe Maine Health Forum has a new web site with tons of information from Maine and beyond for consumers and health professionals alike. Click here to go right to the section on oral health.

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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