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February 26, 2020
Volume 11, Issue 8



Sharing Oral Health Kansas' Impact

This is the second in a series of stories about the impact we have in Kansas. Each month we feature a new subject, and we welcome feedback and questions. Let us know what else you are curious about!

Each year staff provide workshops to a variety of audiences. In 2019, staff presented 19 workshops to a total of 470 people. We were able to share oral health insight and education to early childhood professionals, people with disabilities, nursing students, public health professionals, and others. Staff appreciate the opportunity to teach people about the importance of oral health to overall health and how to make oral health a priority for everyone. If you have an idea for a workshop or would like to request a presentation, contact us at info@oralhealthkansas.org.



Updates From The Kansas Statehouse

Tomorrow is Turnaround Day for the Kansas Legislature, marking the half way point of Legislative Session. It also is the first major deadline for legislators as they work to get bills from non-exempt committees out of their originating chamber (House or Senate). Legislators have spent most of the week on their chamber floor debating bills before the Thursday deadline. Below are quick updates on bills of interest to the oral health of Kansas:

Medicaid Expansion - There has been no movement to pass this out of the Senate Public Health & Welfare Committee.

Tobacco21/Flavor Ban - This bill passed out of House Federal and State Affairs Committee and is anticipated to be heard on the House floor this week.

KDHE Budget - The House Social Services Budget Committee recommended an additional $3 million all funds to support increased dental reimbursement rates. The Senate Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health has not worked the KDHE budget yet.

After Legislators wrap up on Thursday, they will take a brief break on the 28th and return to work on March 4th.



Make plans to attend the National Oral Health Conference!

The 21st joint meeting of ASTDD and AAPHD promises to provide attendees with the most current information on international, national, and local issues, lots of networking opportunities, information on new products and services, and a little fun in sunny San Diego! Our own Kathy Hunt will present at a round table discussion and a poster session about her innovative work to teach people with intellectual and developmental disabilities about oral health.

Weekend Workshops: April 4-5, 2020
Conference: April 6-8, 2020

Click here for the registration brochure. Click here to begin online registration. Please contact NOHC Staff at 217-529-6503 for further instructions. For more detail about the conference visit the FAQ page on the NOHC website.



Where is OHK?

February 27 & 28: Exhibiting and Presenting at the Kansas Division of Early Childhood Conference, Wichita, Kansas

Wait to see where we are in March!






On February 22, Sippy spent time at Exploration Place in Wichita visiting with kids and parents about the importance of drinking water. Exploration Place is a children’s science museum, and they celebrated Children’s Dental Health Month with special guests including dental hygiene students from Wichita State University and our very own water mascot Sippy. Sippy visited with 90 people and learned that lots of kids love to drink water!



Sugary Drink Display Reservations

Reserve your Sugary Drink Display before the months go by! Or purchase a Sugary Drink Display to have as your own!

What is a Sugary Drink Display? It's our drink display that has 10 popular beverages and shows how much sugar is in each. You can reserve a child drink display or an adult drink display for up to a month.

We will do our best to fulfill requests of less than 30 days but there is no guarantee.

There is no charge to use the Sugary Drink Display. Postage is reimbursed if you send in your receipt. All we ask is for you to fill out our survey included in the display materials and provide us with feedback about the display. Click here to make a reservation!

Interested in purchasing a Sugary Drink Display? Click here to download our brochure.



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