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July 10, 2019
Volume 10, Issue 28


Nominations Now Open For Excellence In Oral Health Awards

Each year we honor individuals and organizations who are working hard to improve oral health in their communities. The awards will be presented at the Conference on Oral Health on Friday, November 8. Choose from one category below:

  • Outstanding Organization Award- An organization that is distinguished from others in excellence in promoting oral health awareness in Kansas
  • Outstanding Dental Hygienist Award - A dental hygienist that is distinguished from others in excellence, who goes beyond the call of duty and is committed to improving the oral health of Kansans
  • Outstanding Dentist Award - A dentist that is distinguished from others in excellence, who goes beyond the call of duty and is committed to improving the oral health of Kansans
  • Outstanding Community Leader Award - A community leader that is distinguished from others in excellence, who goes beyond the call of duty and is committed to improving the oral health of Kansans
  • Bob Bethell Outstanding Policy Maker Award - An outstanding policy maker that is distinguished from others in excellence, who shows support for the oral health of all Kansans
  • Outstanding Oral Health Volunteer Award - An outstanding non-dental volunteer who demonstrates a positive difference in an organization - someone who saw a problem and got involved to find a solution
  • Ron Alexander Outstanding Dental Champion Award - This award is designed to recognize the outstanding work a Dental Champion has done as a direct result of participating in the Dental Champions Leadership Program

The deadline to submit nominations is Friday, September 6. For more details and previous award winners, click here.



Oral Health Care For 65 And Older

If Medicare provided oral health care services for 65 and older, individuals would have access to good oral health and help improve their overall health. In rural areas, nearly one-fifth of residents are 65 and over. This population faces major barriers to good oral health, including cost, lack of dental coverage, and limited access to providers. In Kansas, 14% of older adults have lost all of their natural teeth due to oral disease, and thousands more have suffered from painful infections, limited ability to bite and chew, or chronic conditions that are made worse by oral disease.

Families USA created a fact sheet explaining rural seniors' barriers to oral health and the solutions policymakers can take to address them. View the information for Kansans.



Come Welcome Dr. Dayna Brinckman On July 31

We will be hosting a Welcome Reception for Dr. Dayna Brinckman on July 31. Dr. Brinckman started work as the new Dental Director at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, on May 20, 2019. She took over from Dr. Cathleen Taylor-Osborne, who had served in that role since 2014.

Join us for cake and refreshments at the Oral Health Kansas office, 712 S. Kansas Ave., Suite 412, Topeka, Kansas, 66603 from 2pm-4pm.



Kansas Advocate Featured On National Blog

Broderick Crawford is the President of NBC Community Development Corporation the community arm of New Bethel Church in Kansas City, Kansas. In this role Broderick manages over 22 projects and programs created and developed to improve health in Wyandotte County, Kansas. Broderick attended the Oral Health Kansas 2015 annual conference as a panelist. He shared the work that was being done in the Wyandotte Community to improve the health and oral health of the community. Broderick is also a member of the Wyandotte County Oral Health Coalition.

Families USA advances its mission by combining policy expertise and partnerships with community, state, and national leaders to forge transformational solutions that improve the health and health care of our nation's families. They recently interviewed Broderick about the work he and his organization are doing to improve health in the Wyandotte County area. Below is one of the questions asked and Broderick, we couldn't agree with you more! Collaboration is key to systems change.

Families USA: What challenges have you faced doing this work and being in this field in your community?

Broderick: The challenge of people. Getting people on the same page after having worked independently for a number of years and giving up independence for the greater good was a challenge. To have a significant impact, we must agree to collaborate.

To view the full interview questions, click here





Dental Hygienists Liaisons (DHL) receive the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) Presidential Citation. The citation acknowledges exemplary contributions to ADHA and the dental hygiene profession. OHK’s Dental Program Director, Kathy Hunt, is the Dental Hygienists Liaison for Kansas. The DHL project is a partnership between the Head Start National Center for Early Childhood Health and Wellness (NCECHW) and ADHA.

Under the DHL project, one dental hygienist from each state volunteers to help promote oral health for pregnant women and children enrolled in Head Start and children enrolled in child care.

Congratulations DHL's!



Reserve A Sugary Drink Display

Have you spotted our Sugary Drink Display in your community? The displays have been visiting summer lunch programs, wellness fairs and community centers!

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 a month.

Spots fill up quickly! 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? Great, email us at info@oralhealthkansas.org and we'll send you more info!



Donate Supplies For Our Sugary Drink Display

We love sending out the Sugary Drink Display as an educational resource! However, due to bumps and bruises from shipping, there are times our beverages need replacing. Sometimes there are great BOGO deals and we'd appreciate you thinking of us. If you are interested in donating a bottle or two, contact us for a list of items that may be needed at 785-235-6039 or info@oralhealthkansas.org.

Don't want to buy anything but still would like to make a donation? Click here to donate to the Sugary Drink Display!

  • Just $25 will ship a Sugary Drink Display
  • $1.88 will buy one 20 ounce bottle of Mountain Dew
  • $0.99 will buy one 16 ounce 2% Kroger brand milk



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