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February 2017

March 1
Wisconsin Dentistry Examining Board
Madison, WI

April 4-5
2017 Wisconsin Health Literacy Summit
Madison, WI
April 22-23
American Association for Community Dental Programs 2017 Annual Symposium
Albuquerque, New Mexico

April 22-26
2017 National Oral Health Conference
Albuquerque, New Mexico

May 3
Wisconsin Dentistry Examining Board
Madison, WI
May 23-25
WPHA-WALHDAB Annual Public Health Conference
Wisconsin Dells, WI

June 1-2
Marshfield Clinic’s Oral-Systemic Health Conference
Wisconsin Dells, WI

June 14-19
American Dental Hygienists' Association's 94th Annual Conference
Jacksonville, FL

July 5
Wisconsin Dentistry Examining Board
Madison, WI

If you have an event you would like added to this list, please email Rachael Wolfe.

Results of the Wisconsin Dental Association member Perinatal Oral Health Survey
Healthy Smiles for Mom and Baby is a 4-year grant funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration as part of the Perinatal and Infant Oral Health Quality Improvement Project. Children’s Health Alliance of Wisconsin, along with a multidisciplinary project advisory board, is guiding development, implementation and evaluation. Healthy Smiles for Mom and Baby partnered with the Wisconsin Dental Association to survey members on current practice, knowledge and interest in continuing education related to oral health care during pregnancy to better understand the needs of active workforce members.
In total, 127 member dentists responded to the survey of which 87 percent were general dentists.
Current practice; 91 percent of responding dentists provide dental care to pregnant women of which:
  • 90 percent provide preventive and simple restorative treatments
  • 50 percent take x-rays and perform endodontic treatments or extractions (if needed)
  • 44 percent require medical consent prior to treatment
Current knowledge and awareness of practice guidelines for providing oral health care to pregnant women: Strategies identified by dentists to increase utilization include:
  • Continuing education on national guidelines for dental providers
  • Oral health education and training for medical providers
  • Strengthening referrals between medical and dental providers
The top delivery method for continuing education was in-person training with an emphasis on interprofessional opportunities to collaborate with medical providers on this topic. Click here to access the full article as published in the Wisconsin Dental Association Journal.

Alliance hires new oral health project coordinator for the WOHC
Rachael Wolfe, the Wisconsin Oral Health Coalition (WOHC) project coordinator, has hit the ground running, as she begins work on the Midwest Collaborative Initiative. Since starting at the Alliance, Rachael has started to visit state partners and learn about key WOHC priorities. Click here to read Rachael's welcome letter to the coalition.

Two vacancies on the WOHC Steering Committee
The Wisconsin Oral Health Coalition (WOHC) is seeking two individuals interested in serving on the WOHC Steering Committee in the role of “school health” and “consumer/advocate.” The school health representative should have experience mobilizing and strengthening health promotion and education activities in the school setting (i.e. school nurse). In contrast, the consumer/advocate representative should have great familiarity with consumer health needs, especially those of vulnerable populations—such as people with disabilities and frail elders (i.e. community navigator, health advocate and parent). Both the “school health” and “consumer/advocate” role will have terms that extend until October 2019, with the opportunity for renewal. 

As a WOHC Steering Committee member, you will be expected to attend a monthly conference call on the third Wednesday of every month and attend the WOHC annual conference. Additional responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  • Approving the formation of special workgroups
  • Establishing regulations for the administration and operation of the WOHC
  • Approving the use of the WOHC name and logo for sponsorship purposes
  • Planning the agenda and activities for the annual conference
  • Policy development and approval
  • Strategic planning
If you have questions or would like to nominate someone/yourself, please contact Alyssa Palmer, WOHC project manager, by email at apalmer@chw.org or by phone at (414) 337-4575. You must be an individual member of the WOHC, to be considered for the vacant positions. Click here for a current list of the WOHC Steering Committee.

Webinar: Public opinion & communication strategies from two community water fluoridation surveys in 2016
Coming on the heels of a 2016 attempt to roll-back fluoridation in Denver, the non-profit Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation funded Healthier Colorado and contracted with Resource Media to create a strategy to build public support for fluoridation. This webinar will share insights and lessons learned from the creation of a statewide communications and advocacy strategy to build support for and secure community water fluoridation in Colorado.
March 16, 2017
1:30 to 2:30 pm CST
Host: Campaign for Dental Health
Click here to register.
A Mom's guide to fluoride 
Dr. Brittany Seymour, assistant professor at Harvard School of Dental Medicine, discusses the importance of fluoride in preventing cavities. She shares her experience with a two-and-a-half-year-old girl who grew up in a community without fluoride in the water, and experienced tooth decay. Dr. Seymour provides facts about the advantages of fluoride and answers questions parents may have. Click here to read more. 

The Wisconsin Oral Health Program releases new surveillance report
The Wisconsin Oral Health Program is pleased to release the new surveillance report, Wisconsin Healthy Smiles Survey – The Oral Health of Wisconsin’s Head Start Children: 2014. The report focuses on the oral health status and disease burden of children enrolled in Head Start. Click here to access the report.

Wisconsin loan program helps Door County dentist fulfill passion
The Health Professions Loan Assistance Program (HPLAP) was established in 1988 for physicians, psychiatrists, dentists, dental hygienists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and certified nurse midwives in Wisconsin, who can receive up to $50,000 in education loan assistance. To be eligible, providers must work full time in a federally designated Health Professional Shortage Area. The program has helped more than 400 medical providers pay off some of the monumental debt that accompanies their education and training. Click here to read Dr. Patti Sigl’s story on how HPLAP helped her pursue her passion of working with low-income children and adults without access to dental care. 

Governor Scott Walker's proposed budget calls for an additional $279.4 million into Medicaid  
Governor Walker’s budget would put an additional $279.4 million of general purpose revenue into Medicaid for the 2017-19 biennium. This is a lower amount than the $452.6 million that the Department of Health Services asked for in its budget request last fall. Governor Walker’s budget attributed the lower request to re-estimates of enrollment, service utilization and inflation. Click here to read the Department of Health Services’ budget request. Click here for other highlights of Governor Walker’s proposed Wisconsin budget.

Children's dental clinic could be coming to Madison's Allied Drive Boys & Girls Club 
Boys & Girls Club of Dane County CEO, Michael Johnson, said the organization wants to add a dental clinic to its Allied Drive location on Madison's west side. The clinic would be modeled after other successful clinics in Stevens Point and around the country. The Boys & Girls Club of Dane County has received money from Delta Dental of Wisconsin to partner with the Madison Dental Initiative to draw up plans for the clinic. The Madison Dental Initiative (MDI) has a similar clinic set up in the Salvation Army downtown. Click here to read more.

Survey: Wisconsin ranked second for best dental health
WalletHub’s data team compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 23 key indicators of dental health. Its data set ranged from “share of adolescents who visited a dentist in the past year” to “dental treatment costs” to “share of adults with low life satisfaction due to oral condition.” Based on these data sets, Wisconsin ranked second for best dental health, with Minnesota ranking first. Click here for the full report.

FDA says inconsistent amounts of toxic substance found in teething tablets 
The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said in a January 27 news release that it found “inconsistent amounts of belladonna, a toxic substance, in certain homeopathic teething tablets” and urged consumers not to use them. Click here to read more. 

National Oral Health Conference registration now open
On-line registration is now open for the 2017 National Oral Health Conference to be held April 24-26 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Take advantage of the early-bird registration rates until March 17. Plans have also been finalized for two days of pre-conference sessions (April 22-23). Click here for the registration brochure. To begin your online registration, click here

Congress proposes two Affordable Care Act replacements 
Last week, members of the Senate announced two proposals for a replacement to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The ACA established the essential health benefits (EHBs) that must be included in private insurance packages. Oral health care is included in pediatric services as an EHB. Both ACA replacement proposals would change children’s dental coverage and provide families with few protections for affordable dental coverage. Neither proposal offers guidance on what should be included in children’s coverage, and dental coverage will not necessarily need to be offered. Click here to read more.
Schuchat to become acting CDC director
Dr. Anne Schuchat, principal deputy director for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), will take over as acting head of the agency. The CDC confirmed that Schuchat will succeed outgoing director Dr. Tom Frieden. Schuchat has been with the CDC since 1988 and has served in her current role since 2015. Schuchat will remain as director until a replacement is named by Tom Price, the Health and Human Services Secretary. 

2017 Wisconsin Health Literacy Summit 
On April 4-5, Wisconsin Health Literacy is hosting the 2017 Wisconsin Health Literacy Summit. The theme is Health Literacy: A Critical Link in Patient Engagement. The summit will include seven general sessions, twenty-six breakout workshops, and a poster presentation with information to improve chronic disease management, patient engagement and satisfaction, clinical outcomes, health insurance literacy and better engagement of people in their health care. April 4 will include a day long workshop on improving prescription drug labels to help patient understanding. Click here to read more about the Wisconsin Health Literacy Summit. Click here to register for the Wisconsin Health Literacy Summit.
FREE pre-recorded webinar: Medical Oral Health Coverage for Older Adults and People with Disabilities 
Presented by the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors (ASTDD) Healthy Aging Committee in collaboration with the National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities (NASUAD), the webinar discusses the results of a survey the NASUAD administered to its network of state agencies and a review of state coverage policies. The study was developed to review current programs providing oral health services, understand access and utilization, recognize existing collaborations for outreach to beneficiaries, and identify challenges with oral health policy across state agencies. Click here to access the webinar.
FREE pre-recorded webinar: Silver Diamine Fluoride: A Game Changer in Managing Caries in High-Risk Populations? 
The Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors (ASTDD) webinar summarizes the clinical evidence for silver diamine fluoride (SDF), which has been used for caries management in other countries for more than 80 years as a topical agent to arrest or prevent dental caries. SDF just gained acceptance by the United States Food and Drug Administration in 2014. The webinar discusses the probable mechanisms by which SDF works, the clinical indications of SDF, and clinical and public health recommendations for using SDF based on scientific literature. Click here to watch the webinar.
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