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January, 2013  
In This Issue:
Oral Health Heroes 2013
An A for Sealant Use
February is National Children's Dental Health Month.
Give Kids a Smile Day
MDAC Quarterly Meeting
Quality Counts Conference 2013
MDHA Conference.
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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
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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 
youth poster 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.


MPHA Webinars
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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   

Register Now for Give Kids a Smile Day
give kids a smile Give Kids A Smile will be celebrated nationally on February 1, 2013, when thousands of dentists participate by providing screenings, cleanings, sealants and other treatments to underserved children. For many children, this is an opportunity to find a permanent dental home, and for dentists, it is a great way to be involved in helping the local community. Register online by November 9, 2012 to be considered for free product donation. The Web site also has information on how to get involved with the Give Kids A Smile program or expand an existing program and includes materials such as a Program Planning Guide.


Save the Date MDAC Quarterly Meeting  mdac logo small
March 15, 2013 9:00 - 2:00 at MCD, 11 Parkwood Dr, Augusta. Contact  for more information. 
Save the Date: Quality Counts Conference 2013
April 3, 2013 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Augusta Civic Center. ";Aligning Maine's Forces to Become the First State to Reach the Triple Aim of Population Health, Cost Reduction and Care Experience.";
Save the Date: MDHA Conference 

The Maine Dental Hygienists' Association (MDHA) has its Annual Spring Fling Conference meeting on Friday & Saturday, April 26 & 27, 2013



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.";