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July 28, 2021
Volume 12, Issue 28


New Report: Oral Health Care Of People With Special Health Care Needs

The Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors Best Practices Committee is pleased to share an updated Best Practice Approach Report, Oral Health Care of People with Special Health Care Needs. This report was the results of efforts to identify and provide information on developing successful practices that address people with special health care needs (SHCN).

Some of the Strategic Calls to Action for Improving the Oral Health of People with SHCN are:
1. Increase and improve training on how to provide care for people with SHCN for health professionals,
including as part of pre- and post-doctoral dental and medical education.
2. Offer incentives for oral health professionals to provide oral health care in communities with inadequate
access to care for people with SHCN.
3. Increase reimbursement for oral health professionals for the additional time, behavior modification, and
appointments when needed for providing oral health care to people with SHCN.

Read more information about the report here.



Anti-Racism In Dental Public Health: A Call To Action

The American Association of Public Health Dentistry (AAPHD) councils have produced a white paper in response to the events of the pandemic and the growing awareness of racism as a public health problem. In this white paper “Anti-Racism in Dental Public Health: A Call to Action”, each of the Councils - Scientific Information, Educational Affairs, Policy and Advocacy, and Practice - share their perspective on how dental public health can engage in anti-racist practices and outline action steps for AAPHD and the dental public health community to engage in. One of the agenda items is the low number of racial diversity among U.S. dentists compared to the overall U.S. population as well as a low number of diverse faculty in academic settings. Read the full white paper here.




Submit Your Nomination

The Excellence in Oral Health Awards and Ron Alexander Outstanding Dental Champions Awards nomination opened up just the other day and we already have submissions. It’s great to see that there are so many individuals in Kansas that are really making a difference in patients’ lives and in the oral health environment. You still have time to work on your nominations! The deadline is Friday, September 10 by 5pm. If you have questions you can email info@oralhealthkansas.org. To find the nomination forms, visit our website at http://www.oralhealthkansas.org/AwardWinners.html.




Job Opening At UMKC

The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) is hiring a new Director of External Rotation Sites in the Department of Dental Public Health and Behavioral Science. Individuals with experience as a Dentist or Dental Hygienist are encouraged to apply. Initial review of applications will begin August 23, 2021 and the position will remain open until filled.

Click here to find more information for the job description and information on how to apply.



Upcoming Events

  • 2021 Conference on Oral Health, presented by Oral Health Kansas, November 4 and 5. More information will be provided here.
  • Community Care Network of Kansas, Virtual Conference, September 20 - 23, 2021. Register here.




On July 23 and 24, the Kansas Mission of Mercy (KMOM) was held in Wichita. Although the number of chairs available were lower due to the Covid pandemic, the amount of hard work and caring hearts still showed through! Thank you to all the volunteers who helped make these two days possible and a special thank you to our Dental Champions Alumni who volunteered their time at KMOM.




Sugary Drink Display Sanitation

Out of an abundance of caution, we are suspending use of the Sugary Drink Display until further notice.

During this time, hand washing and social distancing is on everyone’s mind. We want everyone to have the comfort of knowing we sanitize our sugary drink displays. They are wiped down and cleaned off after they have been returned.



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