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Catalyst Policy Priorities: 2023 Legislative Session

By Brita Allen | Jan 17, 2023 | Comments Off on Catalyst Policy Priorities: 2023 Legislative Session

Policies influence our health. Ensuring that policies at the local, state, and federal levels support comprehensive health care access for all Virginians is integral to Catalyst’s mission. Catalyst engages with…

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Bridging the Gap Between Patient Experience and Provider Assumptions

By Brita Allen | Dec 15, 2022 | Comments Off on Bridging the Gap Between Patient Experience and Provider Assumptions

A new Impact Story describes a collaborative project that identified a disconnect between patients’ experiences and providers’ assumptions about barriers to dental care, as well as examples of the impact…

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Dental Assistant IIs Build Capacity and Pathways to Care

By Brita Allen | Nov 17, 2022 | Comments Off on Dental Assistant IIs Build Capacity and Pathways to Care

Two issues consistently rise to the top related to the dental workforce in Virginia: The significant waiting lists of new patients at dental clinics because of provider capacity limitations; and…

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Oral Health Equity Cannot Be Achieved Without Racial Equity

By Brita Allen | Apr 22, 2022 | Comments Off on Oral Health Equity Cannot Be Achieved Without Racial Equity

Barriers to achieving good oral and overall health do not stop with access to care. Systemic racism exists within healthcare, is linked to several social determinants of health, and contributes…

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School-Based Health Services in Virginia and the COVID-19 Pandemic

By Brita Allen | Mar 1, 2022 | Comments Off on School-Based Health Services in Virginia and the COVID-19 Pandemic

School-based health programs provide health services, like oral health, to students in schools. Schools were closed and students learned virtually during the COVID-19 pandemic, disrupting school-based health programs and impacting…

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A Case Study of a Community Health Worker Program Located in Low-Income Housing in Richmond, VA

By Brita Allen | Mar 1, 2022 | Comments Off on A Case Study of a Community Health Worker Program Located in Low-Income Housing in Richmond, VA

Community Health Workers (CHWs) are public health workers with unique understanding of the experience, language, and culture of the populations they serve to promote healthy living and to help people…

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Oral Health Knowledge, Barriers to Dental Care, and Awareness of a Medicaid Pregnancy Dental Coverage Among Reproductive-Age Women

By Brita Allen | Mar 1, 2022 | Comments Off on Oral Health Knowledge, Barriers to Dental Care, and Awareness of a Medicaid Pregnancy Dental Coverage Among Reproductive-Age Women

In this study of women at an urban health center in Virginia, pregnant women in Virginia covered through Medicaid were less likely to be aware of and use their dental…

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Promoting Support for Community Water Fluoridation

By Brita Allen | Mar 1, 2022 | Comments Off on Promoting Support for Community Water Fluoridation

Messaging about the benefits, importance, and safety of community water fluoridation (CWF) vary. This study analyzed what kinds of messages effectively influenced support for CWF. Researchers found that focusing on oral health…

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Silver Diamine Fluoride Protocol for Reducing Preventable Dental Hospitalisations in Victorian Children

By Brita Allen | Mar 1, 2022 | Comments Off on Silver Diamine Fluoride Protocol for Reducing Preventable Dental Hospitalisations in Victorian Children

Children at high-risk for cavities in this Australian study avoided hospitalizations for dental issues when they participated in a treatment regimen that included silver diamine fluoride (SDF) and other preventive measures. The…

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Oral Health in America: Advances and Challenges

By Brita Allen | Mar 1, 2022 | Comments Off on Oral Health in America: Advances and Challenges

This report outlines what we’ve learned since the 2000 Surgeon General’s Oral Health Report. It describes the improvements we’ve made as a nation in improving oral health at a population…

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