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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 to racial inequities in oral health. Multi-level interventions that focuses on system change to advance racial equity can improve population-level health. This report highlights several…

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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 the care children received. This study surveyed public elementary schools in Virginia to understand the impact the pandemic had on school-based health programs and what…

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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 take greater control over their health and lives. They are trained to work in a variety of community settings to provide culturally appropriate health education,…

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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 benefit than women who had private dental insurance. A third of the women did not know the pregnancy dental benefit existed. What next? Policy: Ensure…

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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 benefits, health equity, and the safety of CWF in messages significantly predicted support. What next? Policy: Require these focused messages on communications from local systems…

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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 children, and their families, also reported improved oral health related quality of life after this treatment. SDF is a safe, minimally invasive, and low-cost tool…

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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 level, and also outlines disparities and inequities in access and affordability of care that still need to be addressed. What next? Policy: Local, state, and…

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Making the case for interprofessional education and practice collaboration to address rising rates of HPV-associated oropharyngeal cancers

By Brita Allen | Jul 22, 2021 | Comments Off on Making the case for interprofessional education and practice collaboration to address rising rates of HPV-associated oropharyngeal cancers

Cancers caused by the humanpapilloma virus (HPV) on the tongue, tonsils, mouth, and throat are rising in the US, particularly among males. The HPV vaccine, usually given to adolescents, is effective at preventing oral cancers caused by HPV. Dental professionals have an opportunity to educate patients and encourage the HPV vaccine to prevent these cancers.…

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Oral Health Care and Your Family

By Ericca Facetti | Jul 22, 2021 | Comments Off on Oral Health Care and Your Family

When you think of your child’s overall health, does their mouth come to mind? Oral health plays a critical role in the overall health of kids and adults, you can’t be truly healthy without a healthy mouth! At Virginia Health Catalyst we connect with parents, educators, and dental providers to empower families across the commonwealth…

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Improving Oral Health in Virginia’s Schools

By Brita Allen | Jul 21, 2021 | Comments Off on Improving Oral Health in Virginia’s Schools

Schools aren’t just a place for children to learn, they are a place that can address the health needs of Virginia students. In particular, school-based oral health programs can address the dental care gap many students face. School-based oral health programs address multiple barriers to health care access and support equitable health outcomes by reducing…

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