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Weekly Wednesday UPdate

The Weekly Wednesday Update is our newsletter which we email every Wednesday with oral health, health and policy updates from around the state and nationally.

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12-13-17 Children's Health Can't Wait
12-6-17 Topeka City Council Approves Tobacco 21 in 8-2 Vote
11-29-17 KanCare Adult Dental Services Emphasized
11-22-17 A Time to be Thankful
11-15-17 Attend a KanCare public hearing and give your feedback
11-8-17 Thank you for a successful conference
10-25-17 Registration deadline is two days away
10-18-17 The last day to register for the OHK conference is Friday, October 27
10-11-17 Only 9 days left to register!
10-4-17 Oral Health America Advocacy Day
9-27-17 Time's Running Out
9-20-17 CHIP Thank You
9-13-17 Oral health worries for older adults and persons with disabilities
9-6-17 It's open! Register for the annual Oral Health Kansas Conference
8-30-2017 Let's discuss the opiod crisis: What's Happening in Kansas?
8-23-2017 Joint committee hears concerns from Kansans
8-16-2017 Shawnee County, Kansas raises age to purchase tobacco products
8-9-2017 The fight for CHIP is approaching
8-2-2017 Nominate someone for their outstanding leadership
7-26-2017 Pivotal Week for Healthcare in the Senate!
7-19-2017 Keep Contacting Your Senators!
7-12-2017 Help Keep Kansans Covered-Continue the Fight!
7-5-2017 Protect Medicaid Now!
6-28-2017 Help Keep Kansans Covered
6-21-2017 Act now to protect Medicaid
6-14-2017 Thank you to our first sponsors for our 2017 OHK conference in November!
6-7-2017 Share your resources and products or help sponsor the OHK conference
5-31-2017 World No Tobacco Day
5-24-2017 Join us for another oral health community forum next month
5-17-2017 Oral health screenings help improve cavities in kids
5-10-2017 Save the date for the 2017 Oral Health Kansas Conference!
5-3-2017 US House may vote to repeal ACA tomorrow ...Take action today
4-26-2017 Last week for community forums in April
4-19-2017 Oral health community forums kick off
4-12-2017 Oral health community forums begin this week
4-5-2017 Medicaid expansion fails Battle continues
3-29-2017 Medicaid expansion on Governor's desk
3-22-2017 Join the KanCare Adult Dental Coalition
3-15-2017 Grant is renewed to continue community coalition building
3-8-2017 Legislative News: schools, taxes, tobacco, and Medicaid expansion
3-1-2017 "Senior Dental Care is Not Optional"
2-22-2017 "Turnaround" week/ Medicaid expansion/ Tax policy
2-15-2017 Dental Therapist bill receives a hearing
2-8-2017 Announcing Oral Health Kansas 2017 conference!
2-1-2017 KMOM offered people the chance to share
1-25-2017 Lots of activity in the Legislative Session
1-18-2017 Launching new Fluoride in Kansas website
1-11-2017 State of the State reveals priorities

12-28-2016 2017 Policy Priorities Adopted
12-14-2016 Excellence in Oral Health Awards Presented
12-7-2016 Kansas House and Senate Leadership Elections leadership roles
11-30-2016 Topeka Community Foundation grant award
11-23-2016 Thank YOU from OHK!
11-16-2016 Oral Health Kansas to testify at KanCare Oversight Committee
11-9-2016 2016 Oral Health Kansas Conference a success!
11-2-2016 Oral Health Kansas Conference this week
10-26-2016 Registration deadline: two days left!
10-19-2016 Let's improve oral health in Kansas. Learn how at the OHK conference!
10-12-2016 Celebrate National Dental Hygiene Month
10-5-2016 Time is running out! Hotel block of rooms ends SOON!
9-28-2016 OHK Conference early bird registration deadline is 5 days away!
9-21-2016 Four days left for nominations! Excellence in Oral Health Awards deadline
9-14-2016 National conversation begins about Medicaid adult dental benefits
9-7-2016 Share your resources & products at the 2016 conference
8-31-2016 Eighth Dental Champions Class Gets Started
8-24-2016 New Study: Health consumer advocates are successful in supporting Medicaid program
8-17-2016 Volunteer Spotlight
8-10-2016 OHK staff educates children at summer program on healthy habits
8-3-2016 Can you quit lying to your dental hygienist about flossing?
7-27-2016 OHK receives Aleshire Grant from Washburn University Leadership students
7-20-2016 Staff attends Bhutanese Nepali Church Health Fair in Kansas City
7-13-2016 Proposed rule would make dental coverage more affordable
7-6-2016 Excellence in Oral Health Awards nominations now open
6-29-2016 DentaQuest Foundation Kansas grassroots representative selected
6-22-2016 Kansas health clinics awarded grants to improve access to oral health
6-15-2016 New study: Failing to expand Medicaid is hurting provider networks
6-8-2016 New Nutrition Facts Label: A step in the right direction
6-1-2016 State Budget Crisis Deepens
5-25-2016 Oral Health Kansas 2016 conference announces Keynote Speaker
5-18-2016 "Feeling Good about Your Smile" workshops now begin
5-11-2016 282,000 Missouri adults to receive dental coverage
5-4-2016 Celebrate Drinking Water Week… by drinking fluoridated water!
4-27-2016 OHK Staff attends National Oral Health Conference
4-20-2016 Oral Health America release new State of Decay report
4-13-2016 Oral cancer: what you need to know
4-6-2016 KPHA Prioritizes community water fluoridation
3-30-2016 Oral Health Kansas is at the Kansas Rural Water conference
3-23-2016 ACA: Six years of progress
3-16-2016 New county health rankings released
3-9-2016 New poll: 76% of Kansans support Medicaid expansion
3-2-2016 Johnson County Oral Health Coalition distributes toothbrush kits to seniors
2-24-2016 Site visit from Michigan Coalition
2-17-2016 Nutrition labeling bill worrisome
2-10-2016 Integration of oral health and primary health care
2-3-2016 KMOM 2016 serves 1,231 people
1-27-2016 Bridge to a Healthy Kansas:a Medicaid expansion plan
1-20-2016 State of State address: No Medicaid expansion
1-13-2016 2016 Kansas Legislative Session Kicks Off
1-6-2016 Missouri approves Medicaid adult dental program
12-16-2015 Oral Health Kansas Awarded New Water Project
12-9-2015 Meals on Wheels participants win new electric toothbrushes
12-2-2015 Governors Association recognizes importance of prevention in oral health
11-18-2015 2015 OHK Conference A Success!
11-11-2015 It's Here!
11-4-2015 Only Days Away
10-28-2015 Hotel Deadline
10-21-2015 22 Days!
10-14-2015 Early Bird Registration-Time Is Running Out!
10-7-2015 The Time for Medicaid Expansion is Now
9-30-2015 Deadline Extended
9-23-2015 Registration is Open!
9-16-2015 Kansans Help Celebrate 70 Years of Fluoridation
9-9-2015 OHK Joins National Advocacy Effort
9-2-2015 Dental Champions Class VII Graduate!
8-26-2015 Kansas Town Takes Dental Care To School
8-19-2015 2015 OHK Annual Conference November 12-14
8-12-2015 Oral Health Importance for Job Seekers
8-5-2015 Nominations Now Open!
7-29-2015 The First 50 Years of Medicaid and Medicare
7-22-2015 OHK Partners to Improve Oral Health for Seniors
7-15-2015 Change the Tune
7-8-2015 OHK welcomes new Operations and Communications Manager
7-1-2015 Low-cost Tobacco Cessation training for providers in July
6-25-2015 Decisive victory for Kansans in Supreme Court ACA ruling
6-24-2015 A fond farewell at Oral Health Kansas
6-17-2015 Adopted Tobacco Tax a Missed Opportunity for Kansans
6-10-2015 A new partnership for Oral Health Kansas and Butler County
6-3-2015 Kansas Legislature continues past 100 days
5-27-2015 Kansas clinics awarded federal grants
5-20-2015 Legislative Session continues past the 90-day deadline
5-13-2015 Support KMOM-Topeka Through Topeka Gives
5-6-2015 Goodbyes and Hellos
4-29-2015 Oral Health Kansas Staff at the National Oral Health Conference
4-22-2015 Advocacy Alert: Contact Your Legislators!
4-15-2015 U.S. Senate Votes to Extend CHIP
4-1-2015 Doug Bowman Joins Oral Health Kansas Staff
3-25-2015 SB 233 Could reduce in oral cancer in Kansas
3-18-2015 Scores gather to push Medicaid Expansion
3-11-2015 Hearings on Medicaid Expansion Next Week
3-4-2015 Wichita Community Forum: Still Focused on Fluoride
2-25-2015 RDP Bills Heard in House and Senate Committees
2-18-2015 Oral Health Kansas Staff Volunteers at KMOM in Salina
2-11-2015 Successful Legislative Oral Health Caucus Meeting
2-4-2015 Public Policy Priorities
1-28-2015 Make a Difference in Your Community
1-21-2015 OHK Seeking Community Coalition Coordinator
1-14-2015 2015 Legislative Session Preview
1-7-2015 OHK Receives Grant for Community Development
12-23-2014 Happy Holidays from Oral Health Kansas!
12-17-2014 New Mental and Dental Health Partnership
12-10-2014 Oral Health Education Resources for Home Visitors
12-3-2014 Oral Health Kansas Joins Tobacco Prevention Coalition
11-26-2014 Happy Thanksgiving from Oral Health Kansas!
11-19-2014 November is Home Care and Hospice Month
11-12-2014 2014 Conference a Success
11-5-2014 Victory in Salina!
10-22-2014 New York Times Addresses Kids with Autism
10-15-2014 Innovative Rural Care Models Featured at Conference
10-8-2014 Mental Health: New Topic at OHK Conference
10-1-2014 Community Conversation on Health
9-24-2014 Conference Registration Now Open
9-17-2014 Keep Fluoride in Salina!
9-10-2014 Medicaid Dental Benefits Added in Virginia
9-03-2014 CHIP Reauthorization is Cost-Effective for Families
8-27-2014 New American Academy of Pediatrics Recommendation
8-20-2014 Water Fluoridation in Wellington
8-13-2014 Water Fluoridation Battles
8-06-2014 Salina Water Fluoridation Repeal to be on Ballot in November
7-30-2014 OHK Award Nominations are Open
7-23-2014 OHK Participates in Poverty Conference
7-16-2014 AEGD Director Hired
7-9-2014 Kansas Hygienist Making a Difference for Kids with Disabilities
7-2-2014 State Adds Medicaid Adult Dental
6-25-2014 Delta Dental Foundation is the First Sponsor of the 2014 OHK Conference
6-18-2014 MLB Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn Dies of Cancer Cause: Smokeless Tobacco
6-11-2014 CHIP Reauthorization is an Urgent Need
6-4-2014 Over 60 Participate in State Oral Health Plan Summit on May 30
5-28-2014 Missouri Adds Adult Dental Benefits to Medicaid
5-21-2014 OHK Staff Present at Pew Meeting
5-14-2014 RSVP for Oral Health Summit
5-7-2014 Report Issued on ACA Dental Coverage
4-30-2014 OHK Staff Attend National Oral Health Conference
4-23-2014 Welcome Party for New KDHE Director of Oral Health
4-16-2014 Dental Champion to head the Colorado Dental Association
4-09-2014 USNOHA Convenes Advocates
4-02-2014 Autism Awareness and Resources
3-26-2014 Navigator Bill Heard in House Health Committee
3-19-2014 Navigator Bill Heard in House Health Committee
3-12-2014 Proposed 20% Rule Bill has Hearing in the Senate
3-05-2014 Kansas Mission of Mercy Sees Over 1,100 Patients
2-26-2014 HB 2372 Killed in Committee
2-20-2014 Anti-water fluoridation bill hearing is held
2-12-2014 Rescheduled Fluoride Hearing: February 19
1-29-2014 Fluoride Policy Update
1-22-2014 Three conclude OHK Board Terms
1-15-2014 2014 Legislative Session Begins
12-23-2013 Happy Holidays from Oral Health Kansas!
12-18-2013 Kansas Ranks Last in the Region
12-11-2013 Heartspring and Topeka Correctional Facility Recognized
12-04-2013 Outstanding Dentist and Hygienist Recognized
11-27-2013 Happy Thanksgiving from Oral Health Kansas!
11-20-2013 Kansans honored with Excellence in Oral Health Awards
11-13-2013 Oral Health Kansas Conference features new tools and resources
10-30-2013 New National Survey Shows 4 out of 10 People Delay Dental Care
10-16-2013 One Day More to make conference hotel reservations
10-09-2013 Conference and Hotel Early Bird Deadlines EXTENDED!
10-02-2013 Health Insurance Marketplace Opens
9-25-2013 Two more days for Awards Nominations
9-18-2013 Register for the Oral Health Kansas Conference Today!
9-11-2013 Conference Registration Open
9-05-2013 Award nominations remain open
8-28-2013 Make an award nomination today!
8-21-2013 Award Nominations Open
8-14-2013 Make an Award Nomination Today!
8-07-2013 Oral Health 2014 Project Moving Forward
7-31-2013 Inaugural ECP III Class completes course work
7-24-2013 Kansas Dental Director to Lead CDC Oral Health Division
7-17-2013 Fourteen Safety-net Clinics to Help with Exchange Enrollment
7-10-2013 Challenges Remain in Implementing the ACA's Pediatric Dental Benefit
7-03-2013 ACA Pediatric Dental Benefit to Begin in 6 months
6-26-2013 Harvey County Oral Health Coalition makes a splash in the local news
6-19-2013 US National Oral Health Alliance Hosts final Colloquium
6-12-2013 Three Safety-net Clinics Receive Delta Dental Grants
6-05-2013 Record-breaking Legislative Session Adjourns
5-29-2013 Correction: Dental Champions Class 6 Begins
5-22-2013 Dental Champions Class 6 Begins
5-15-2013 Harvey County Oral Health Coalition Launches Newsletter
5-08-2013 Awards Grant to Oral Health Kansas
5-01-2013 OHK Welcomes New Board Members
4-24-2013 Surgeon General Endorses Water Fluoridation
4-17-2013 Medicaid Expansion
4-10-2013 New ECP Facebook Page
4-03-2013 Medicaid Expansion Advocacy Opportunity
3-27-2013 Medicaid Expansion Coalition Delivers Petitions
3-20-2013 KanCare Legislative Oversight Advances 
3-13-2013 Medicaid Expansion is a Sound Investment
3-06-2013 Turnaround Day: Action on KanCare Oversight
2-27-2013 Kansans Support Medicaid Expansion
2-20-2013 Anti Water Fluoridation Bill Introduced
2-13-2013 Medicaid Expansion Estimate Released
2-06-2013 Ombudsman Available to help with KanCare Challenges   
1-30-2013 KanCare Advocacy Opportunities
1-23-2013 Elder Smile Report 2012
1-16-2013 KanCare News Stories
1-09-2013 Kansas Receives a "C" on Sealants
12-19-2012 KanCare Oversight Legislative to be Introduced
12-12-2012 KanCare Set to Start January 1st
12-05-2012 New projections show more Kansans will enroll in Medicaid 
11-28-2012 New Report on ER Usage
11-14-2012 13% of Kansans Remain Uninsured
11-07-2012 Water Fluoridation Fails in Wichita
10-31-2012 KanCare Resources
10-24-2012 KanCare Moving Forward
10-17-2012 Water Fluoridation Hearing in Wichita
10-10-2012 OHK's New Fluoride Educational Website
10-03-2012 Teaming Up With Exploration Place
9-26-2012 KID Announces Essential Health Benefits Package
9-19-2012 KanCare Comment Deadline
9-12-2012 Oral Health Kansas Conference
9-05-2012 New Voter Fluoridation Guide
8-29-2012 Questions about KanCare
8-22-2012 KanCare Waiver Comment Period Open
8-15-2012 KanCare Questions Answered
8-08-2012 Fluoridation Petition Delivered
8-01-2012 KanCare Educational Forums Held
7-25-2012 New Dental Benefits
7-18-2012 Board of Regents Task Force
7-11-2012 Wichitans for Healthy Teeth Launch Tomorrow
7-03-2012 State Agencies Reorganize 
6-27-2012 Winning KanCare Bidders Announced; KanCare Public Forums Held 
6-20-2012 Comprehensive Dental Reform Act Introduced in Congress
6-13-2012 Celebrating Give Kids A Smile Day
6-06-2012 State Decides to Re-Submit the KanCare Waiver
5-30-2012 Wichita is the 4th Largest City without Water Fluoridation
5-23-2012 Legislative Advocate Has Been Lost
5-16-2012 CMS Opens KanCare Waiver Comment Period
5-09-2012 Nineteen Graduate from the Dental Champion Leadership Program
5-02-2012 Veto Session Legislative Update
4-25-2012 HR 6026 Tobacco Harm Reduction
4-18-2012 Dental Benefits as Value Added Services in Medicaid
4-11-2012 April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month
4-04-2012 Grant Provides Services to Children/Youth with Special Health Care Needs in Specialty Clinics
3-28-2012 US Supreme Court Takes up the ACA
3-21-2012 HB 2631 Passed by Senate
3-14-2012 OHK Launches Legislative Oral Health Caucus
3-07-2012 Medicaid & Managed Care Summit
2-29-2012 A Costly Dental Destination
2-22-2012 Deamonte Driver Five Year Anniversary
2-15-2012 Two is Too Late
2-08-2012 Harvey County Toothbrush Exchange
2-01-2012 February is Children's Dental Health Month
1-25-2012 Dental Hubs are a Public-Private Partnership that Works
1-18-2012 Dental Apps for iPhones & iPads
1-11-2012 How to Reduce Inflammation at Home
1-04-2012 Oral Health Kansas Public Policy Priorities
12-28-2011 Happy New Year
12-21-2011 Happy Holidays & Update on the Affordable Care Act
12-14-2011 Oral Health Kansas Receives National Media Award
12-07-2011 Deadline Changing Planning for a Health Benefits Exchange
11-30-2011 Tobacco and Baseball
11-23-2011 Happy Thanksgiving
11-16-2011 Essential Health Benefits Regional Listening Session
11-02-2011 Board of Regents Establishes Oral Health Taskforce
10-26-2011 Affordable Care Act Implementation Update
10-19-2011 Healthy Celebrations for Healthy Teeth & FHSU to Offer RDP Training Program
10-12-2011 Kansas Expands Dental Hygiene Services to Specialty Clinics for Children and Youth with Special Needs
10-05-2011 KU Med School Researchers Receives an NIH Grant
9-28-2011 Mapping the Rural KS Dental Workforce
9-21-2011 2011 Excellence in Oral Health Award Winners
9-14-2011 Conference Handouts
9-07-2011 Conference Featured Speakers
8-31-2011 Featured Conference Speaker- Dr. Helgeson
8-24-2011 Featured Conference Speaker- W Mitchell
8-17-2011 Ad Council to Take on Oral Health
8-10-2011 Medicaid Reform Forum Wrap Up
8-03-2011 Medicaid Reform Online Input
7-27-2011 Kansas Bureau of Oral Health's School Screening Data Released
7-20-2011 Smoking Ban Support
7-13-2011 OHK Excellence in Oral Health Awards
7-06-2011 Interim Legislative: Adult Dental Services
6-22-2011 Graphic Images to Deter Smokers Released
6-15-2011 Choose Water Instead of Pop, Soda, Sports Drinks or Caffeine Drinks
6-08-2011 PEW Report Card and Water Fluoridation
6-01-2011 Kansas-Test Market for Tobacco Sticks
5-25-2011Legislative Session Update
5-18-2011 CDC Division of Oral Health Releases Strategic Plan
5-11-2011 Text 4 Baby
5-04-2011 Miles of Smiles
4-27-2011 Dental Champions Leadership Program Class 5
4-20-2011 National Child Abuse Prevention Month
4-13-2011 Dental Care for People with Autism
4-06-2011 Conference Topics
3-30-2011 Delta Dental Grant
3-24-2011 Affordable Care Act Anniversary
3-16-2011 Clean Indoor Air Act Hearing
3-09-2011 Second Dental School to Open in Missouri
3-02-2011 New Oral Health Coalition in Harvey County 
2-23-2011 Clean Indoor Air Act
2-16-2011 Effects of Smokeless Tobacco
2-09-2011Kansas Statewide Tobacco Survey
2-03-2011 February is Children's Dental Health Month
1-26-2011 Summary of KMOM 2011
1-19-2011 Kansas Mission of Mercy 2011
1-12-2011 New Recommended Fluoride Levels
1-05-2011 Weekly Wednesday Update Survey


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