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November 18, 2022
Advocates from the Maryland Dental Action Coalition joined Maryland Governor Larry Hogan (seated in glasses), Senate President Bill Ferguson (seated, center), and House Speaker Adrienne Jones (seated, far right) for the signing of
November 14, 2022
Most Americans may assume that thanks to their sacrifices, veterans have unfettered access to comprehensive health services. But that’s not the case, as Sarah A. Sherman learned when she became Director of Strategic Partnerships at the Maine Bureau of Veterans’ Services (MBVS). The agency advocates for veterans and their families.
November 3, 2022
His colleagues, who were really friends, all used the same words when they shared memories of Dr. Mark Doherty: Generous. Compassionate. A champion for oral health. A forceful and unwavering advocate for oral health access for the underserved, Mark died on October 7 at age 75. He is survived by his wife (of 53 years) Deborah, two children, five grandchildren, and three siblings. Many of his colleagues at the CareQuest Institute for Oral Health came to know his family over the years.
October 28, 2022
On September 15, the American Medical Association (AMA) voted to approve a new procedure code for the application of silver diamine fluoride (SDF) by medical professionals to arrest cavities. The addition of this code is a milestone in medical-dental integration and a step forward for oral health equity, providing access to this valuable treatment to millions of Americans who don’t see the dentist every year.
October 26, 2022
Any journey, especially one as winding, complex, and meaningful as the journey toward value-based oral health care (VBOHC), starts the same way — with a step.
October 20, 2022
When Raydiance Swanston heard about the Community Oral Health Transformation (COrHT) program launching in North Carolina, she knew it was something Mecklenburg County Pediatric Clinic had to join.
October 19, 2022
As we approach another COVID-19 winter in the United States, the health care industry is bracing itself for the possibility of another wave of infections. In preparation, in late September, the CDC issued new infection prevention and control updates, providing guidance around topics including testing, exposure, and universal personal protective equipment (PPE).
October 3, 2022
By Kelly Schroeder, RDH, MS Who is the true expert when it comes to a patient’s oral health?
September 12, 2022
There’s obviously no one solution, no silver bullet, to creating an equitable oral health system. But for Madeline Steward, MPH, a program officer at the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS), there’s one element that’s critical to the effort: trust.
August 31, 2022
It all began with an audacious aim and an audacious number. “This project started from a bold idea that we could reach millions of Americans who may not have access to a dentist by enlisting the greater health care workforce as partners in oral health,” said Shenam Ticku, BDS, MPH, instructor in Oral Health Policy and Epidemiology at Harvard School of Dental Medicine. “Our Champions can train their peers and create more advocates for oral health.”