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We’re Hiring!

By Chloe Van Zandt | Mar 16, 2021 | Comments Off on We’re Hiring!

Program Manager Virginia Health Catalyst (www.vahealthcatalyst.org) strives to ensure all Virginians have equitable access to comprehensive health care that includes oral health. Catalyst seeks an experienced Program Manager to lead the data initiatives of our growing portfolio of collaborative, health-saving initiatives; this is a full-time, grant-funded position. Specific responsibilities and job requirements are listed below.…

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“Pandemics, Policing, and Protest: On Racism & Health” Rhea Boyd, MD Keynote Presentation – 2020 Virginia Oral Health Summit

By Sarah Bedard Holland | Feb 25, 2021 | Comments Off on “Pandemics, Policing, and Protest: On Racism & Health” Rhea Boyd, MD Keynote Presentation – 2020 Virginia Oral Health Summit
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Virginia aims to declare water a human right

By Guest Contributor | Feb 3, 2021 | Comments Off on Virginia aims to declare water a human right

California is the only state in the country with a human right to water enshrined in law that guarantees affordable access to water. Virginia could soon become the second state. On January 26, the Virginia House of Delegates approved House Joint Resolution 538 that recognizes “access to clean, potable, and affordable water is a necessary human right.” There is…

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2020 – Year in Review

By Sarah Bedard Holland | Dec 17, 2020 | Comments Off on 2020 – Year in Review

2020 was not the year any of us expected in January! However, I’m proud of the Catalyst team and the way we, and our partners, adapted to the “new normal.” We’ve met each other’s pets, learned the intricacies of Zoom, and tried our best to not talk when we are muted. We’ve also pivoted rapidly…

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Front Line Innovations – Aerosol Management Part 3

By Guest Contributor | Jul 17, 2020 | Comments Off on Front Line Innovations – Aerosol Management Part 3

Research has shown COVID-19 is transmitted through aerosols. To combat this the CDC recommends aerosol management practices for dental offices. In the last of a three-part blog series Dr. McAllister Castelaz, the dental director at Horizon Health Services Ivor Dental Center shares how aerosol management coupled with minimally invasive dentistry is reshaping dental care. View…

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Front Line Innovations – Aerosol Management Part 2

By Guest Contributor | Jul 16, 2020 | Comments Off on Front Line Innovations – Aerosol Management Part 2

Research has shown COVID-19 is transmitted through aerosols. To combat this the CDC recommends aerosol management practices for dental offices. In part two of a three-part blog series Dr. McAllister Castelaz, the dental director at Horizon Health Services Ivor Dental Center shares how aerosol management is reshaping dental care. View part one of the series…

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Front Line Innovations – Aerosol Management Part 1

By Guest Contributor | Jul 15, 2020 | Comments Off on Front Line Innovations – Aerosol Management Part 1

Research has shown COVID-19 is transmitted through aerosols. To combat this the CDC recommends aerosol management practices for dental offices. In the following three-part blog series Dr. McAllister Castelaz, the dental director at Horizon Health Services Ivor Dental Center shares how aerosol management is reshaping dental care. Aerosol and aerosol management is top of mind…

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Why I Apply Fluoride Varnish in my Practice

By Guest Contributor | Jul 1, 2020 | Comments Off on Why I Apply Fluoride Varnish in my Practice

As a family physician, I have the unique opportunity of caring for my patients from childhood through adulthood. This means I see firsthand the positive impact early oral health habits can have on a person’s life, from a healthier childhood smile, to a healthier adulthood. Over the years we have learned that oral health impact…

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Front Line Innovations – Racial Equity in Virginia

By Guest Contributor | May 29, 2020 | Comments Off on Front Line Innovations – Racial Equity in Virginia

At the 2019 Virginia Oral Health Summit author Tamara Lucas Copeland spoke with Dr. Vanessa Walker Harris, who now serves as a Virginia Deputy Secretary of Health about the intersection of race and health. I encourage you to relisten to their conversation now through the lens of the COVID-19 crisis and the inequities it has…

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Front Line Innovations – Policy Changes to Improve Oral Health

By Guest Contributor | May 22, 2020 | Comments Off on Front Line Innovations – Policy Changes to Improve Oral Health

COVID-19 has fundamentally changed the face of oral health care. Virginia Health Catalyst is highlighting innovations in oral health through the Front Line Innovations blog series. This week’s blog from Pat Finnerty, Catalyst’s policy committee chair and a former director of the state’s Medicaid program looks at federal policy innovations to improve access to oral…

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