Maryland Dental Action Coalition

Maryland Dental Action Coalition

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month

The Maryland Office of Oral Health has many resources available for Oral Cancer Awareness Month, including a press release template, oral cancer bulletin board, a poster and a fact sheet. 

Oral Cancer Minimal Elements for Screening, Diagnosis, and Evaluation of Oral Lesions (Revised January 2014)

Oral Cancer Foundation – Actor and producer Michael Douglas has donated his time to help create a television public service announcement (PSA) on behalf of the Oral Cancer Foundation (OCF), a non-profit organization dedicated to helping those affected by the disease.  

 

The HPV Connection - The leading cause of oropharyngeal cancer is from HPV, a very small number of oral cavity cancers also occur from HPV. The HPV family contains almost 200 strains, and it is one of the most common viruses in the United States. Learn More 

CDC Grand Rounds: Reducing the Burden of HPV-Associated Cancer and Disease

The Cancer Treatment Centers of America -Anyone can get oral cancer, however some factors may increase your likelihood of developing the disease. As with many cancers, the risk of developing oral cancer increases with age. Men are twice as likely to develop oral cancer than women, with most people being over the age of 55.

More oral cancer resources are available on MDAC‘s Resources & Links page. 

 

April is Minority Health Month
#healthequity

The Children’s Dental Health Project and Families USA created a Social Media Toolkit for Minority Health Month. Please utilize their messages on Facebook and Twitter! 

 

National Public Health Week
April 7-13, 2014
#NPHW

  • Monday, April 7Be healthy from the start. From maternal health and school nutrition to emergency preparedness, public health starts at home. Let us show you around.
  • Tuesday, April 8Don’t panic. Disaster preparedness starts with community-wide commitment and action. We’re here to help you weather the unexpected.
  • Wednesday, April 9Get out ahead. Prevention is now a nationwide priority. Let us show you where you fit in.
  • Thursday, April 10Eat well. The system that keeps our nation’s food safe and healthy is complex. We can guide you through the choices.
  • Friday, April 11Be the healthiest nation in one generation. Best practices for community health come from around the globe. We have a world of public health to show you. 
  • Visit this page to access the NPHW brochure.

 

Latest News

Integration of Oral Health and Primary Care Practice

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services  - Health Resources and Services Administration
February 2014

This report is the culmination of 3 years of work aimed at advancing a national oral health agenda that promotes integration of interprofessional oral health competencies in clinical practice by primary care providers, builds oral health workforce capacity, and transforms oral health care through collaboration. 
 
Thanks to HRSA leadership, Dr. Marcia Brand, Deputy Administrator, Dr. Renee Joskow, Senior Dental Advisor, and Dr. Kathleen Klink, former Director Division of Medicine and Dentistry, for their commitment to this groundbreaking initiative.  

 

Maryland lawmakers cautious about new health exchange

The Baltimore Sun (April 5, 2014)
Meredith Cohn, Andrea K. Walker, and Erin Cox

As Maryland prepares for a major overhaul of its troubled health exchange — switching out its buggy software for Connecticut's proven technology — lawmakers and information technology experts are raising new concerns about whether there is enough oversight to prevent a second failure.

State legislators from both parties said building a successful site will take more than plugging in new software — a view echoed by technology experts. While cautiously optimistic about the switch, lawmakers don't want to see the same management problems and potential waste of taxpayer money that plagued the creation of the exchange.

"Software is the core of the exchange, but how you manage the development, implementation and testing of the software is as critical as the software itself," said Dan Schuyler, senior director of the exchange practice of Leavitt Partners, a health intelligence and health care consulting firm.

Several lawmakers also said their confidence in the exchange leadership is shaky. They want more transparency in decision-making and spending on the exchange, which has cost $129 million so far. READ MORE

 

 

Recommendation for Maryland Health Connection IT Platform

To: Maryland Health Benefit Exchange, Board of Directors

From: Isabel FitzGerald, Secretary, Department of Information Technology
Joshua M. Sharfstein, Secretary, Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Carolyn Quattrocki, Acting Director, Maryland Health Benefit Exchange

RE: Recommendation for Maryland Health Connection IT Platform

Date:  March 31, 2014

READ REPORT

 

Maryland online exchange problems cloud doctor’s vision for health care

The Washington Post (March 7, 2014)                                                                                                                         Jenna Johnson 

Peter Beilenson dreamed of bright, affordable health-care centers in working-class neighborhoods, staffed with doctors paid a flat salary — rather than per patient — and lifestyle coaches encouraging healthier living.

Tiny waiting rooms would reinforce the message that all patients would be seen quickly. A human would always answer the phone. Specialists could immediately be consulted by videoconference. And there would be free yoga.

Such common-sense approaches, Beilenson believes, will eventually drive down health-care costs. Buried in President Obama’s newly enacted Affordable Care Act, he found a way to test that theory. But because of hard-to-resolve problems with Maryland’s new online health exchange, his experiment may be in jeopardy. READ MORE

 

Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown On The Health Insurance Deadline

WYPR (March 31, 2014)                                                                                                                                             Sheilah Kast and Matt Purdy 

Thousands have been signing up for health insurance in the last few days ahead of tomorrow's sign-up deadline. Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, who has been the O'Malley-Brown administration's point man on health-care reform, offered to speak with us about it. Sheilah Kast reached him on his cell phone this morning.

The phone number for the insurance marketplace, the Maryland Health Connection, is (855) 642-8572. The special hotline number that you can use today is (800) 396-1961. 

There are more sign-up events scheduled for today, including enrollment assistance at two campuses of Anne Arundel Community College, in Arnold and in Glen Burnie, as well as this afternoon at the 1199 SEIU headquarters on Eutaw Street in Baltimore. LISTEN

 

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