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May, 2012 
In This Issue:
Maine DHI
Other Maine News
Legislative Update
Planning the future for MDAC
Obesity and Oral Health
Save the Date
MDAC Quarterly Meeting
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Word of Mouth
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Maine Dental Home Initiative

Close to 60 providers attended the day long DHI training in Bangor this month. Participants learned the whys and hows providing a Dental Home to Head Start Children and how to work with Head Start and MaineCare to make it a successful experience. The keynote, Dr Man Wai Ng from Boston Children's Hospital and Harvard, was interviewed by Channel 2 news. Participants got a chance to practice their skills on 26 children in the new dental facility at the University of Maine Bangor College Center.


Pictured is one happy screening recipient, and  DHI Coordinator Bonnie Vaughan,(also Maine's 2012 RDH of the Year), Dr John Willis, DHI State Leader, and Dr Ng, Keynote Speaker. 

More pictures of the day are at our Facebook page.     

DHI clinic 





Other News From Around the State
Dr Oh & Senator Collins  

Washington County Clinic 

The 4th free dental clinic in two years was held this month in Washington County, a collaborative effort of NYU College of Dentistry, Caring Hands of Maine, Washington County Children's Program and 40 volunteers who turned to provide care for up to 750 residents of rural Washington County.  Senator Collins stopped by to show support.  More details are in this article.


Lincoln County Dental Inc. Open House

Lincoln County celebrated its new clinic in Damariscotta with an open house showcasing the facility.  Denturist Kathryn Young, LD, houses the clinic in her office in Damariscotta. She and dentist Dr Jim Olson who were instrumental in starting the clinic have been gratified by the response of local dentists who volunteer their time, more here...   

Legislative Updatelegislation
Strenuous efforts by the Maine Public Health Association, American Cancer Society, American Lung Association, American Heart and Stroke Association, Maine Equal Justice Partners, Family Planning Association of Maine, Maine Osteopathic Association, Maine Medical Association, MaineHealth and MDAC, as well as others, resulted in no program cuts to the Fund for a Healthy Maine in FY12 and reduction of the proposed $29 million cut for FY 13 down to $11 million. Overall it was still an enormous blow to the Fund. Oral health lost half, $300,000, of its Fund allocation. Cuts in the MaineCare program will mean thousands of people will lose all coverage, included the limited dental now available, and come November the adult dental may be entirely eliminated. The fate of the Affordable Care Act will determine whether or not some of the categorical cuts are allowed to take place. For a more detailed summary, Maine Equal Justice Partners has a description here.

Planning the future, progress continues
Thanks to all of you who nominated someone for the MDAC Governing Council. The Steering Committee is working with a long list of nominees and a comprehensive consideration of what skills and qualities the Coalition needs at this juncture in its development. There will be more progress to report on at the June 15th Quarterly meeting.
Obesity and Oral Health
soda The 11th Annual Obesity Conference  was held this month, entitled Price Matters! Sugar Sweetened Beverages, Taxes and Obesity -The Evidence . The connection between oral disease and over consumption of sugar sweetened beverages was discussed by luncheon speaker Jonathan Shenkin DDS.

New York City has just announced plans to ban the sale of big sizes of sugary drinks, more here 


Save the Date 

Improving Rural Oral Health Access   

7TH Annual New England

Rural Oral Health Conference


Westford Regency Hotel and Conference Center

Westford, MA  8:30-3:30



MDAC Quarterly Meeting: June 15, 2012

Change is in the air, and there is much to report!   

  • Exciting progress and outreach in nominating your new Governing Council
  • Another first: Our draft budget for the next two years -- take a look!
  • The legislative session wrap up
  • Oral Health 2014, the DentaQuest grant opportunity
  • MDAC annual conferences: Report from this year's School Sealant conference and discussion of possibilities for next year - Oral Health and Aging?
  • Report from Fluoridation Advisory Committee, possibilities in Maine Health Workforce Forum and conference planning.
  • And concrete next steps in our strategic direction

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

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