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August 12, 2020
Volume 11, Issue 32



Safety In The Dental Office

Earlier this summer, Oral Health Kansas released a video showing the changes you can expect to see in your dentist’s office during the COVID-19 crisis. Dental offices have been experts in infection control for many years, and they are continuing to lead the way in ensuring both dental office staff and patients are safe during this COVID-19 pandemic.

This week the World Health Organization issued guidance for providing dental care during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is very similar to the guidance issued this summer by the Centers for Disease Control and the American Dental Association , and is the basis for the OHK video guide. Some of the headlines about the World Health Organization guidance have been provocative, but the true guidance is consistent with the messages the national and state health leaders in the United States have been giving. Most dental offices are open in Kansas, and they are taking care to keep everyone in the office safe by asking COVID screening questions, taking temperatures, adding more protective equipment for dental providers, streamlining how people wait for their appointments, and limiting the use of aerosol producing treatments.

Check out our short video on our website or our YouTube channel and share it with your friends and your networks.



Thank You Community Health Centers

This week we are celebrating National Community Health Centers! Safety net clinics provide services to individuals regardless of income or insurance. Safety net clinics also provide dental care for people who have Kan-Care (Medicaid) insurance, private insurance and no insurance. If you are uninsured, most of these clinics use a discounted fee scale based on income. Find a clinic in your area here.

Community Care Network of Kansas is comprised of community care clinics with a common goal of providing high-quality health care that is accessible to all Kansans. To find a member clinic, click here to view the list.



Addressing Health Equity In The Heartland

The Heartland Conference on Health Equity and Patient Centered Care highlights community - academic partnerships and encourages open discussion among academic health centers, community health workers, faith-based community, and community-based service organizations. This year’s goal is to provide a regional perspective on how social determinants of health impact health equity. We are excited to note one of the presenters is a Wyandotte County Oral Health Coalition member, Broderick Crawford.

The conference will be held on September 9. It’s not only virtual, it’s also free! Register now!





During the COVID pandemic, Mission of Mercy clinics have been canceled but Bill Blasing, executive director of the America’s Dentist Care Foundation (ADCF) and member of the Dental Champions Class 8 continues to stay busy! The ADCF is working hard to figure out how to still hold the Mission of Mercy clinics in 2021 amidst the COVID environment so that people who rely on these events for dental care have the access and care they need!






Submit Your Award Nominations

The Excellence in Oral Health Awards are open for nominations. Submit your nominations by Friday, September 5, 2020 by 5pm to info@oralhealthkansas.org.

The categories for nominations are:

  • Outstanding Organization
  • Outstanding Dental Hygiene Clinician
  • Outstanding Dentist Award
  • Outstanding Community Leader
  • Bob Bethel Outstanding Policy Maker
  • Outstanding Oral Health Volunteer
  • Ron Alexander Outstanding Dental Champion Award

Excellence in Oral Health Award Nomination Form
Outstanding Dental Champion Award Nomination Form

This year, we will honor the award winners during the virtual Conference on Oral Health. More details to come!



Sugary Drink Display Sanitation

During this time, hand washing and social distancing is on everyone’s mind. We want everyone to have the comfort of knowing we sanitize our sugary drink displays. They are wiped down and cleaned off after they have been returned.

Out of an abundance of caution, we are suspending use of the Sugary Drink Display until further notice.




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