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Oral Health Florida Summer Newsletter 2018

Summer 2018
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Oral Health Florida is comprised of a broad-based group of agencies, institutions, organizations, communities, stakeholders, policymakers, and other individuals whose mission is to promote and advocate for optimal oral health and well-being of all persons in Florida. Our mission is accomplished through the implementation of the Florida Roadmap for Oral Health.

In this issue
  • Board Election
  • HRSA Grant for Florida
  • Annual Report Released
  • Annual Conference
  • Oral Health Study Guide
  • Research and Resources
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Board Election
Article 1
Jose Peralta, DDS was elected to the Oral Health Florida Board of Directors at its annual meeting on July 24th. He will replace Nancy Sawyer whose one-year term ended. Dr. Peralta is the Assistant Medical Director at Premier Community Healthcare, an FQHC serving Pasco and Hernando Counties. Welcome Dr. Peralta!
  HRSA Grant For Florida
The Florida Department of Health has been awarded the Grants to States to Support Oral Health Workforce Activities opportunity (HRSA-18-014). This multi-year grant includes funding for Dr. Jaana Gold and Oral Health Florida for the development of evidence-based and community-informed training materials for Florida dental providers and partners to discuss common risk factors for childhood obesity and dental caries and will disseminate these trainings and tools statewide. Oral Health Florida will be responsible for developing and conducting evidence-based community assessments and facilitating local discussions with selected communities. Additionally, the Oral Health Florida website will add capacity for housing the dental provider training and social media messaging strategies developed. 
Annual Report Released
Article 3
Oral Health Florida has released its 2017-2018 Annual Report. With a new format, our Annual Report is easier to read and includes information on funding, recent achievements, oral health data trends, and reports from our Action Teams and Committees. To check out our new report, click here.
2018 Annual Conference
Article 4
Approximately 150 individuals attended the 2018 Oral Health Florida Conference. Highlighting the day were presentations by the Frameworks Institute on Reframing Oral Health and a panel of national experts discussing various strategies for improving access to dental care. All of the presentations were recorded on Facebook Live and you can find the videos and written presentations here
We want to thank our sponsors and exhibitors. Because of their generous cash or in-kind support we are able to keep our registration fees affordable!
  • DentaQuest Foundation ($5000)
  • FL Department of Health ($5000)
  • Liberty Dental ($2500)
  • American Dental Association ($1000)
  • DentaQuest ($1000)
  • FL Dental Hygienists' Association ($1000)
  • Pew Charitable Trusts ($1000)
  • 3 M Oral Care Solutions ($600)
  • Delta Dental ($600)
  • DNTL Works ($600)
  • Patterson Dental ($600)
  • United Healthcare ($600)
  • Young Dental ($600)
Study Guide Now Available
Article 5Thanks to funding from DentaQuest, Oral Health Florida is pleased to release the "Developing a Practical Theology of Oral Health: An Inter-Religious Study Guide for African American Congregations." Authored by Rev. Dr. Dawn Riley Duval, this Study Guide was developed in response to Black congregations seeking ways to increase their awareness of and commitment to practicing a holistic health and wellness theology that includes oral health.  African American people in various congregations — i.e. mosques, churches, and multi-religious groups can use the Guide toward more deeply integrating health and wellness practices into congregational life. Comprising the guide are five lessons that are about ninety minutes each. It includes opening meditations, discussion prompts, group activities, and engaging homework. We encourage those working in African American communities to share the guide to build  awareness and public will to see oral health as a priority. 
To download the Study Guide, click here.


Research and Resources

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the first ever Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Scorecard, a central component of the Administration’s commitment to modernize the Medicaid and CHIP program through greater transparency and accountability for the program’s administration and outcomes.

The metrics included in the first Scorecard reflect important health issues such as well child visits, mental health conditions, children’s preventive dental services, and other chronic health conditions. The Scorecard also includes new federal and state accountability measures. 

Click here to view the Scorecard

NCHS Data Brief

No. 307, April 2018

Prevalence of Total and Untreated Dental Caries Among Youth: United States, 2015–2016

The Pew Charitable Trusts and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation have released the Results First Clearinghouse Database, an online resource that brings together information on the effectiveness of social policy programs from nine national clearinghouses. It applies color-coding to the clearinghouses’ distinct rating systems, creating a common language that enables users to quickly see where each program falls on a spectrum from negative impact to positive impact. As such, this database can help users easily access and understand the evidence base for a variety of programs. The database currently includes information on 2,867 programs and was last updated on July 4, 2018. For more information click here

A new dental care model, pioneered by Advantage Dental, provides high quality oral care to Medicaid recipients at 21% less than the national average by focusing on prevention. How does it work and can other states follow?  Read more

The Future of Payment for Dental Care examines the literature on dental reimbursement methods, with emphasis on paying for value (e.g., health care outcomes) rather than procedure. The report makes recommendations that would facilitate the expansion of access to dental care for those most in need and improve the oral health of the US population.

Check out the latest newsletter from the National Maternal and Child Health Oral Health Resource Center. 

The University of Iowa Public Policy Center has recently published the results of an environmental scan examining medical-dental integration in public health settings.  Click here to view the report.

Read the Center for Health Care Strategies' (CHCS) recent blog post, Getting to the Root of the Problem: Reducing Overuse of Opioids for Oral Pain. This piece offers six opportunities for Medicaid and public health agencies to address oral health-based drivers of opioid abuse and promote safe prescribing by providers.