MINNESOTA ORAL HEALTH PROGRAM
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Funding for this training is also generously provided by Delta Dental Foundation of Minnesota.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (612)224-3203.
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:
- Julie Ralston Aoki, from the Public Health Law Center
- Stacia Clinton, from Health Care Without Harm;
- Cheri Fidler and Marybeth Schlichtholz, from Rady Children’s Hospital, San Diego
- Jamie Harvie, from Institute for a Sustainable Future
- Karen Nitzkorski, PartnerSHIP4Health
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 email@example.com or 651-290-7532.
Continuing Education Opportunity for Oral Health Professionals and Oral Health Advocates
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.
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:
- Two Harbors
- St. Louis Park
- Forest Lake; and
- Hoyt Lakes
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.
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.
- Minnesota School-based Dental Sealant Program Manual
(PDF: 508KB/41 pages)
Commander Ali Danner, Minnesota’s new CDC Project Officer, will be conducting a site visit on Thursday October 18 and addressing the Coalition on Friday October 19.
What’s in a Site Visit?
Site visits are focused primarily on the current status of the 8 CDC Required Activities and their related products, sometimes called deliverables, as well as concerns and issues.
During the site visit the state oral health program will provide a summary of activities and updates on progress and challenges encountered while working toward achieving outcomes for all the required activities. It is a collegial sharing of in-person updates, accomplishments and challenges, technical reviews, and insights into the health department environment.
The Project Officer seeks ways to contribute to discussions with colleagues and partners and to emphasize Minnesota’s Oral Health Program accomplishments related to the CDC Division of Oral Health cooperative agreement funding (DP08-802). The Project officer is an advocate for the program during his visit—both to the state health department’s leadership and to the State Oral Health Coalition.
The agenda includes visiting with Commissioner Ehlinger, Assistant Commissioner Ayers, the state finance officer, Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Division, and Center for Health Promotion leadership. A site visit is an opportunity to give real meaning to the Cooperative Agreement and to strengthen our collaboration for success as we continue our joint efforts to further build on the oral health activities and successes within Minnesota.
Register for courses at http://www.mchoralhealth.org/mn/
In partnership with government, academic, community, and private individuals and organizations, the Minnesota Oral Health Program completed and launched five courses in a free online series for dental practitioners. The courses provide evidence-based content and include substantial guidance in understanding and implementing a collaborative agreement. Dental hygienists with a collaborative agreement can provide preventive care outside of traditional dental clinics in settings like schools, nursing homes and local public health departments–a key strategy to improving access to care for all Minnesotans.
The Minnesota Department of Health Oral Health Program supports a variety of statewide efforts to expand access to preventive oral health care. A federal grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration provided funding for this series and a variety of other workforce innovation initiatives that increase access to care for all Minnesotans.
Through a strategic partnership with the National Maternal & Child Oral Health Resource Center (OHRC), the Oral Health Program is able to promote the series at the national level! By hosting the series on their website and including it in publications, the OHRC supports health professionals, program administrators, educators, policymakers, and others in responding to current and emerging public oral health issues.
Content experts who contributed development of the courses:
Kathy Jo Gunvalson
Mary Lou Olsen
LPaC Alliance, Halleland Habicht