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.
Other News From Around the State
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...
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
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
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 7TH, 2012
Westford Regency Hotel and Conference Center
Westford, MA 8:30-3:30