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September, 2013  
In This Issue:
MDAC Quarterly Meeting
Symposium for Medical and Dental Health Providers
New England Rural Health Roundtable
From the First Tooth Webinar
Oral health in the news
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Dear Diane,

Word of Mouth is the newsletter of the Maine Dental Access Coalition. We welcome your comments and invite your ideas for content.
MDAC Quarterly Meetingmdac logo small
September, 20, 2013 9:00 - 2:00 at Medical Care Development, Augusta

Confused about the Affordable Care Act and the Pediatric Dental Benefit? This is your chance to learn what it means to you and those you serve. We will hear from Morgan Hynd of the Maine Health Access Foundation, and Christine Alibrandi Esq, Health Care Reform Coordinator for NE Delta Dental about this critically important change in the health care landscape. We will also learn about other Coalition plans and achievements, help develop policy priorities for the next year, network with others and more, including lunch. Please sign up with  
All One Body: Creating Optimal Health Outcomes, A Symposium for Medical and Dental Health Providers
conference logoFriday, October 18, 2013,8:00 am - 3:30 pm Morgan Hill Event Center, Hermon, Maine.


This symposium will address the integration of oral health into overall health in theory and practice.  The primary care team - primary care clinicians including physicians, nurses, PA's and pharmacists, along with dental providers must find ways to work together toward the goal of the ";triple aim"; of health care reform (improving the experience of care, improving the health of populations, and reducing per capita costs). The keynote speaker Dr. John Luther, DDS, Chief Dental Officer at DentaQuest has presented at numerous conferences on such topics as the insurance carrier's role in preventing caries in children and opportunities for medical and dental collaboration.  The day will include two plenary sessions: ";Tools for Integration"; an overview of the components of systems change, including rewards and challenges of Interprofessional training, EHR's, and oral health literacy; and ";Mouth Matters: What you didn't learn in school and never had a chance to ask,"; which will be a lively expert panel discussion including story sharing and an opportunity to ask questions and create dialogue. Breakouts will include an overview of Smiles for Life, a national curriculum for non-dental providersImpact of Medications on Oral Health, what PCP's need to tell their patients and when physicians and dentists need to talk; Oral Health Tools for Non-Dental Providers, practical knowledge to take back to the work setting; and two breakouts with two experts in oral pathology Working Together, clinical examples and case studies. (Details TBD).  

Who Should Attend:

MD's, Practice Managers, NP's, PA's, DDS's, DMD's, DA's, RDH's, EFDA's, DO's, Health Educators, Health System Administrators, Work Site Wellness, Quality Specialists, Pharmacists.


The full program and presenter details will soon be available on our web site.  


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Rural Oral Health in a
Changing Health Care Environment

New England Rural Health Roundtable's Oral Health Conference Tuesday, September 10, 2013, 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.Westford Regency Hotel and Conference Center
Westford, MA
Here for the full program


Webinar: Enhancing Your Patient's Health:  Providing Oral Health Care 


If you want training on fluoride varnish applications, or want to take a refresher training:
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