Oral Health Program Newsletter - Minnesota Department of Health

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MDH sponsors Continuing Education for Oral Health Professionals and Advocates for Oral Health

You are invited to Normandale Community College's May 17, 2013 continuing education course designed for professionals who want to learn more about School-based Care, and in particular school-based oral health care. For detailed course information visit the NCC Continuing Education and Customized Training site.

The morning session is open to all professionals and the afternoon session is open to dental hygienists (DH) and advanced dental therapists (ADT) who currently practice in a school-based setting or to DHs or ADTs who have a strong plan to work in a school-based or school-linked setting.

Please note that registration for the afternoon session must be made through Clare Larkin via telephone or email, not through the Normandale Continuing Education Department. Attendees must attend the morning session in order to attend the afternoon session.

Contact Clare Larkin RDH MEd, Faculty in Dental Hygiene, Normandale Community College by calling 952.358.8636 or by email at clare.larkin@normandale.edu

Funding for this training is also generously provided by Delta Dental Foundation of Minnesota.

New Funding Opportunities for Minnesota School-Based Sealant Programs

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) Oral Health Program, and Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation are excited to announce two new funding opportunities for Minnesota School-based Sealant Programs called “smiles@school”.

The purpose of these Request for Applications (RFAs) is to 'raise Minnesota’s grade' on sealant rates for children who are at highest risk for dental disease. Interested applicants are encouraged to review both RFAs and apply for either or both opportunities. The two RFAs, funding guidelines, and requirements are designed to work in concert to improve children's oral health through evidence-based prevention activities.

Applications to the Minnesota Department of Health are due April 18, 2013.

For more information about the Minnesota Department of Health Oral Health Program funding opportunity please contact Charity Kreider at charity.kreider@state.mn.us or by calling (651)201-5723

Please look for Delta Dental of Minnesota's Request for Application coming soon! Applications to Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation will be due May 1, 2013.

For more information about the Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation funding opportunity please contact Sharon Oswald, Foundation Program Manager at soswald@deltadentalmn.org or by calling (612)224-3203.

Webinar: Reducing Sugary Drinks in Healthcare Facilities April 3, noon-1:15pm CT

This webinar will introduce the Minnesota Healthy Beverages in Healthcare Toolkit, a new set of resources geared to support efforts to develop and build healthy beverages programs in Minnesota healthcare facilities. Participants will learn why growing numbers of hospitals are taking steps to reduce sugary drink consumption within their facilities. They will also learn about strategies and tools being used by these institutions, drawing on examples from hospitals around the country as well as highlighting work in Minnesota. Finally, they will learn about an opportunity to receive free, individualized technical assistance to help them start a conversation about developing a program for their own institution or one in their community.

Speakers:  The webinar will feature a panel of speakers, including:

This webinar is designed for SHIP and CTG grantees, healthcare and public health professionals, obesity prevention advocates, and others concerned about obesity and chronic disease prevention. Participants will learn about:

  • The Minnesota Healthy Beverages in Healthcare Toolkit, a new, free resource
  • Why and how a growing number of hospitals are implementing programs to promote healthy foods and beverage choices within their own facilities
  • An opportunity to receive free, individualized technical assistance to start a conversation about sugary drinks within their organizations

Registration is free, but you must register to attend.  Register online at: https://networkforphl.webex.com/

Financial support for the Minnesota Healthy Beverages in Healthcare Toolkit was provided by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota. Financial support was also provided by the Minnesota Cancer Alliance with funding from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Cooperative Agreement Number 5U55DP003045). The contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention

For questions or more information, please contact Julie Ralston Aoki, Staff Attorney, Public Health Law Center, at julie.ralstonaoki@wmitchell.edu or 651-290-7532.

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Continuing Education Opportunity for Oral Health Professionals and Oral Health Advocates

Added 03/08/13
Please join us on Friday May 17, 2013 at Normandale Community College as oral health professionals and advocates gather to learn more about “School-based Health Care—an Oral Health Professional’s Prevention Toolkit.”   more...

February Focus on Children's Oral Health

Added 02/27/13

Although tooth decay can be prevented, it still affects more children in the United States than any other chronic infectious disease. This month, CDC’s Division of Oral Health is focusing on children’s oral health. We encourage parents and caregivers to play an active role in protecting their children’s teeth by teaching them good oral health habits. Learn how to ensure good oral health for your children.

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2011 Water Fluoridation Appreciation Award

Added 02/20/13

The Minnesota Dental Association in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Health, Oral Health Program and Drinking Water Protection Section presented Minnesota communities with the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors (ASTDD) 2011 Water Fluoridation Appreciation Award. The award recognizes those water systems that have adjusted the fluoride concentration in drinking water and continued to optimize their fluoridation procedures for 50 years or more.

The MDH Oral Health Program congratulates these communities for their outstanding performance in providing safe, dependable drinking water for their community. The following communities received the awards:

  • Fridley
  • Two Harbors
  • St. Louis Park
  • Forest Lake; and
  • Hoyt Lakes
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A Public Health Journal presents:
Oral Health is Total Health

Added 01/03/13

Tune in Wednesday, January 9th at 8:00pm on Metro Cable Network (MCN) Channel 6 to watch Commissioner Ehlinger and Merry Jo Thoele, Dental Director, Minnesota Department of Health, discuss why oral health is critical to overall health. Oral health is fundamental to life because it:

  • Shares risk factors with chronic illnesses
  • Affects children’s growth, development, and ability to learn
  • Determines what foods we eat and whether we smile
  • Affects our very sense of self-worth and confidence
  • Can be harmed by oral disease and if left untreated can lead to death

A Public Health Journal (APHJ) is a cable television program hosted by Dr. Ed Ehlinger, Commissioner of Health. APHJ is produced by the Metro Cable Network (MCN) Channel 6, Minnesota Department of Health, and the Hennepin County Human Services and Public Health Department. Sponsors include the University of Minnesota Boynton Health Service, Minnesota Public Health Association, and the Twin Cities Medical Society. Each week Dr. Ehlinger and his guests discuss a variety of health issues and solutions. The program airs on Wednesday evenings at 8:00 PM on Metro Cable Network Channel 6.

Minnesota School-based Dental Sealant
Program Manual is Now Available!

Added 01/03/13

The Minnesota School-based Dental Sealant Program Manual is now available! This is a free resource for new and existing school-based dental sealant programs to provide guidance and standardize their policies and procedures. Each organization can customize their program manual with information specific to their particular program. Many thanks go to Children’s Dental Services who has co-authored this document. Go to our Sealant Program page for more information about this program.

Updated Wednesday, September 04, 2013 at 12:23PM