Word Of Mouth: March Edition
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March 2007 A Newsletter from the Maine Dental Access Coalition
Word Of Mouth
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WYM Mini-Grant Awards Announced

The Watch Your Mouth message will reach more Maine communities through Watch Your Mouth mini- grants, made possible through funds from the Bingham Program and Oral Health America.




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Mini-Grant Recipients

The grantees are: Aroostook County Community Action Program, Healthy Communities of the Capital Area, Katahdin Valley Health Center, Old Orchard Beach Dental Health Program, Sebasticook Valley Hospital , Saving Smiles and Swans Island Schools.
The funds will allow each grantee to bring focused attention to the importance of oral health as a public health issue within their communities.


Watch Your Mouth at the Legislature
skcdc award

Our day at the Legislature followed the Valentines Day storm and closure of State government, and the roads were still wind swept and slippery. Nevertheless SKCDC, minus the children that had hoped to participate, received an award for their good work on oral health. We also had six intrepid souls who came and sought out their legislators to talk about oral health.

Every legislator received a Watch Your Mouth lunchbox filled with with WYM goodies ( golf balls, not candy) thanks to the endorsement of Senator Elizabeth Mitchell and Representative Elizabeth Miller.


Legislation Update
legislation

The following bills have been printed
LD 637 "An Act To Limit Mercury Exposure"
LD 282 "An Act To Provide Dental Care for Pregnant Women and New Mothers Receiving MaineCare Benefits"
LD 550 "An Act To Allow the Independent Practice of Dental Hygiene"
LD 553 "An Act To Allow for Corporate Ownership of Dental Practices"
LD 862 "An Act To Improve Health Care for Maine Children through the Expansion of School-based Health Care Centers"


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