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February, 2012 
In This Issue:
Join us March 16
MDAC Quarterly Meeting
MDAC Gets A Facebook Page
Intern for oral health
Healthy Smiles for ME fundraiser
Legislative Updat
Maine DHI Mentor Team
Save the Date
Quick Links  
Word of Mouth
Dear Sarah,

Word of Mouth is the newsletter of the Maine Dental Access Coalition. We welcome your comments and invite your ideas for content.

MDAC is 15 Years Old! Join us in charting the next 15.

The March 16th Quarterly meeting marks our 15 year anniversary and an opportunity to think big about how the Coalition positions itself to take on new challenges in the years ahead.  The Coalition has been successful and effective in the past - help us shape an even more successful future. Your experience, ideas and energy are needed!  MARK YOUR CALENDAR TODAY, and look for more details in next month's Word of Mouth and other communications from MDAC.


MDAC Quarterly Meeting: March 16, 2012

The next quarterly meeting will be held at MCD, 11 Parkwood Drive in Augusta, at 9:00 -2:30 PM. Lunch is included and committees, which are open to everyone, meet after lunch. 


To register contact Dot Seigars at or 622-7566 x 232  



MDAC Gets A Facebook Page
facebookIt's official, MDAC has a Facebook  Fan Page. Check it out, click the button and ";like"; us! The goal of this page is to expand our outreach and have a way to share news and events that is quicker and more timely than the web site or the newsletter. We will have wall postings about upcoming events, and the latest information and research.  Once the Facebook page gets going we will give Twitter a try and you can follow us @MaineDAC


MDAC & The Maine CDC Oral Health Program Welcome UMF Intern
Logan Fray Logan Fray is a senior at the University of Maine at Farmington in Community Health, with a minor in coaching. He is a lifetime Mainer, from Jay, and a huge Boston sports fan. This semester he will be be immersing himself in oral health issues as he takes on maximizing use of social media in oral health communication and creating an infrastructure for fluoridation support. He will be dividing his time between the Coalition and the Oral Health Program.    


Ice Fishing Derby raised over $8000 for Healthy Smiles
HealthySmiles for ME logo

Healthy Smiles for ME  held its second annual Ice Fishing Derby fundraiser attracting over 400 participants and raising over $8000 to support its work in providing dental care to children in the Auburn area who have no other means of paying for treatment.

The Lewiston Sun Journal has a great picture and video of the event here.    


Legislative Update
legislation Budget discussions  continue to unfold at the State House. For the latest on the Fund for a Healthy Maine status for FY 2013 go here.
LD1666, which would have required insurance companies to cover fluoride varnish at least twice a year was voted ";ought not to pass"; in committee. 
Maine DHI Mentor Team Launch
DHI logo Friday, March 23, 2013 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

You're invited to be part of a statewide mentorship program to help general dentists assimilate infants and young children into their practice. Join Maine Dental Home Initiative (DHI) Leader Dr. John Willis and his Head Start colleagues for a training and information session focused on the how-to's of being a Head Start Dental Home Mentor. Call Dr Willis at (207) 781-2272 for more information, or email Bonnie Vaughan at 



Save the Date
Assuring Quality in School Sealant Program: Best Practices, Quality Assurance, and Program Implementation

Friday, June 1, 2012

8:30am -3:30pm

Maple Hill Farm, Hallowell, Me


This conference is designed for public health hygienists working in schools,their supervising dentists, and community dental clinics working with public health hygienists.  For more information contact Nicole Breton RDH at 


The Maine Dental Access Coalition (MDAC) is a public-private partnership focused on improving access to oral care. The Coalition's mission is ";To advocate for and improve access to quality preventive and comprehensive oral health care for all Maine residents.";
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