Oral Health Heroes 2013
Among the many fine examples of people doing extraordinary work to improve access to care, quality of care, and the oral health system of care, the following have been selected for this year's Oral Health Hero awards:
- The Dental Home Initiative, or more correctly the many people that now work together to provide dental homes to more children in Head Start. This effort includes ( but is not limited to) dentists and their staffs, such as - John Willis DMD the Dental Home Initiative State Leader, Donald Cassidy DMD, Bev Litchfield RDH, DHI coordinator, Bonnie Vaughan RDH and staff from Head Start and MaineCare
- Mary Repole RDH, the long time dental disease prevention coordinator for the Passamaquoddy Indian Township who worked with WIC and others to bring attention to the importance of prenatal oral care, and to bring good results for Passamaquoddy women.
- Kathryn Young LD. who, as a denturist, worked with all the dentists in Lincoln County to establish the Lincoln County Dental Clinic, which is held in her office where she serves as clinical director.
- Senator Justin Alfond who has advocated for retaining adult Medicaid service, increasing payment rates for dental services, and fighting to require insurance companies to provide family coverage for dental services that begins at birth.
Legislative Breakfast & Hero Awards
Mark your calendars for his years breakfast and hero awards will be held on March 28th at the Cross Cafeteria in the Cross Office building in Augusta. The event is from 8:30 to 10:30 AM, awards presentation begins at 8:45. Invite your legislators to come and learn about Coalition policy priorities and appreciate our heroes.
Maine gets an A for Sealant use
Maine was one of only five states to get an A from the PEW Center on the States for its use of sealants, and one of two to get the maximum number of points. This report card reflects well on the efforts of dentists and a state oral health program that promotes the upstream over-all health of our children. Next month we will look more closely at the benchmarks used in the report and what they mean for access to oral health care services and long term impact.
The Coalition press release and other coverage are here
SmilePartners: A Community Collaboration to Reduce Oral Health Disparities in Vulnerable Immigrant and Refugee Population.
The Greater Portland CarePartners program has received a one year grant to increase access to a dental home for new immigrants who don't have access to timely dental care, and to redirect spending from emergency care to preventive care in order to improve oral health outcomes and reduce disparities. The project will
1) Directly serve at least 100 new arrivals annually by adding oral health assessment to the medical assessment that is part of their resettlement process;
2) Advance oral health literacy by providing culturally tailored self-care education;
3) Facilitate access to regular bi-annual cleanings and check-ups with dental hygienists.
SmilePartners work with primary care clinics; hygienists and dentists in training at the University of New England's Dental Hygiene Program and the new Dental School; practicing hygienists who volunteer to provide community-based dental hygiene clinics; dentists who volunteer their professional services; and Community Health Workers in the City of Portland's Public Health Division.
February is National Children's Dental Health Month
2013 program posters are available for shipping. This year's NCDHM campaign's slogan ";GET A GOLD MEDAL SMILE"; is featured on both sides of the poster. The eye-catching poster features the McGrinn Twins, Flossy and Buck, along with their best friends and next-door neighbors Den and Gen Smiley, going for the gold to get a winning smile. On the reverse, pre-teens/teens are going the distance for a gold medal smile. The Posters are available in both English and Spanish and are FREE of charge. Posters are packaged in boxes of 25, 50, 100 and 500. To place an order for posters, please visit the NCDHM Web site. Poster orders will only be accepted online.
Advocacy for Public Health Professionals:
Clarifying our Rights and Responsibilities
January 25th, 10am
Karen D'Andrea, Physicians for Social Responsibility
Hilary Schneider, American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network
The Fund for a Healthy Maine: Understanding and Protecting our Largest Source of Prevention Funds in Maine
January 31st, 3pm
Steve Rowe, Former Attorney General and Speaker of the House
Dennise Whitley, Friends of the Fund for a Healthy Maine
Ed Miller, American Lung Association of New England
Other Tobacco Products Equalization:
What is It and Why is it so Important in Maine?
February 8th, 10am
Becky Smith, American Heart & Stroke Association
Tina Pettingill, Maine Public Health Association
To register contact Diane Campbell
207-622-7566 xt 230