MDAC Annual Meeting


Dr. Stephen B. Thomas, director, Center for Health Equity, University of Maryland, School of Public Health is the featured speaker at MDAC‘s annual meeting on December 8, 2014. Dr. Thomas is an internationally recognized African American leader in minority health research and community engagement and has been a lead investigator of multiple studies investigating racial differences in health outcomes. He is a principal investigator for The Building Trust Between Researchers and Minorities Curriculum Team and helped create a site dedicated to this topic. Visit this page to read Dr. Thomas’s biography. For more information on MDAC‘s annual meeting, click here.


Mission of Mercy and Health Equity Festival

On September 5-6, more than 1200 patients were served during this free  2-day event at the Xfinity Center. 1800 volunteers provided $1.5M in dental services. Over 1000 patients were turned away. Watch as photojournalism students from the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism present “A Free Smile,” a video series on Mission of Mercy. This MOM and Health Equity Festival was a partnership between Archdiocese of Washington’s Catholic Charities and the University of Maryland School of Public Health’s Center for Health Equity. Visit this page to learn more about this MOM event.


Open Wide: An Inside Look Into Oral Health Books for Children by an Interprofessional Review Team

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MDAC‘s medical-dental collaboration work group convened an interprofessional group that consisted of professionals from dentistry, nursing, education, and library services, in addition to a UMB dental student, two dental hygiene students, and a graduate Doctor of Nursing Practice student and pediatric nurse practitioner. They attended three book review sessions during which they were tasked with reviewing children’s books about oral health and rated each book based on criteria created by the group. A final list of vetted books will be shared with MDAC members and the public soon.

An abstract for a poster about the book review process, evaluation tool, findings, etc. was submitted and accepted by the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Medical Library Association (MLA) for their annual meeting that took place in on October 20, 2014 in Virginia. The poster is titled Open Wide: An Inside Look Into Oral Health Books For Children By An Interprofessional Review Team. 


Congratulations 2014 Health Literacy Month Heroes!

In honor of Health Literacy Month, the Health Literacy Maryland coalition nominated and identified an individual, a team, and an organization that have shown dedication and service in addressing health literacy in the State of Maryland. These awardees addressed a serious health literacy problem and worked tirelessly to create a solution. Below are the Health Literacy Heroes!

Individual Category

Jann Keenan from the Keenan Group, Inc. – Experts in Health Literacy

Team Category

Med-Check Passport Team:

The Delmarva Foundation: Madeleine Shea, Ph.D., Disparities National Coordinating Center; Jennifer Thomas, PharmD, Delmarva Foundation

University of Maryland School of Pharmacy in Baltimore: Chanel F. Agness, PharmD, BCPS, CGP; Leah Sera, PharmD, BCPS; Regina Atim, PharmD; Peter Barakat, PharmD Candidate

University of Maryland School of Pharmacy in the Eastern Shore: Hoai-An Truong, PharmD, MPH; Lana Saad, PharmD, BS Pharm; Rosemary Botchway, MSHCA

Notre Dame of Maryland University School of Pharmacy: Regine Beliard, PharmD, BCACP; Jennifer Bailey, PharmD; Min Kwon, PharmD, BCPS; Ashley Wensil, PharmD, BCPS

Organization Category

MDAC Member Lisa Bress and Dental Hygiene Students at the University of Maryland, Department of Dental Hygiene, School of Dentistry


Dientes Sanos, Ninos Sanos

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MDAC, in partnership with United Healthcare, is launching a Spanish language multimedia campaign – Dientes Sanos, Ninos Sanos (Healthy Teeth, Healthy Kids) to educate people about the importance of oral health.

UnitedHealthcare is investing $25,000 in the campaign, which will enable MDAC to expand the campaign and reach more mothers.

Dientes Sanos, Niños Sanos will run from Sept. 15 through the end of November and will target Hispanic mothers between the ages of 18 and 34 who reside in Maryland. The campaign will include radio advertising on WLZL-FM (El Zol, 107.9) and transit advertising, as well as social media, media relations, community outreach and distribution of campaign materials including brochures and posters.

“Given the limited access to oral health care in the Hispanic community, it is essential that we reach out and provide information on how to prevent cavities and how to access care, especially for children. I am thankful that UnitedHealthcare chose to partner with us to increase the impact of this campaign,” said Margie Donohue, Executive Director of MDAC. “The goal of Dientes Sanos, Niños Sanos is to reduce oral disease among Hispanic children by increasing healthy behaviors and improving access to critically needed oral health care.” READ MORE


Dental Campaign Targets Latina Moms

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Ray Frager (September 16, 2014) – The Daily Record

The Maryland Dental Action Coalition and health insurer UnitedHealthcare are launching Dientes Sanos, Niños Sanos (Healthy Teeth, Healthy Kids), a multimedia campaign to educate Latina women with children about oral health. UnitedHealthcare is investing $25,000 in the campaign, which will enable MDAC to expand the campaign. According to the Maryland Oral Health Survey of School Children, 2011-2012, Latino children in Maryland are less likely to visit the dentist and more likely to lack dental insurance. Dientes Sanos, Niños Sanos will run through the end of November and will target mothers between 18 and 34 who reside in Maryland. The campaign will include radio advertising on WLZL-FM (El Zol, 107.9) and transit advertising, as well as social media, media relations, community outreach and distribution of campaign materials including brochures and posters. ARTICLE


 Latin Opinion Baltimore Newspaper

(September 23, 2014) Maryland Dental Action Coalition y UnitedHealthcare Lanzan una Campaña de Salud Bucal para Mujeres Hispanas Dientes Sanos, Niños Sanos para enseñar a las personas la importancia de la salud bucal.

UnitedHealthcare está invirtiendo $25,000 en la campaña, lo que permitirá que MDAC amplíe la campaña y llegue a más madres.

Según los Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades (CDC, por sus siglas en inglés), las enfermedades bucodentales son las enfermedades crónicas más frecuentes entre los niños estadounidenses. Si no se tratan, estas enfermedades pueden causar dolor e infecciones, así como problemas para comer, hablar y aprender. Los niños de familias de bajos ingresos y minorías, especialmente los de origen hispano, presentan una incidencia desproporcionadamente elevada de mala salud bucal y tienen una mayor cantidad de caries no tratadas. Según la Encuesta sobre la Salud Bucal de los Niños en Edad Escolar de Maryland 2011-2012, los niños hispanos de Maryland son menos propensos a visitar al dentista y tienen menos probabilidades de tener seguro dental.

Dientes Sanos, Niños Sanos tendrá lugar desde septiembre 15 hasta finales de noviembre y estará dirigido a las madres hispanas de 18 a 34 años de edad que viven en Maryland. La campaña incluirá la difusión por radio en WLZL-FM (El Zol, 107.9) y publicidad en la vía pública así como en los medios sociales, relaciones con los medios, divulgación comunitaria y distribución de materiales de la campaña, como folletos y carteles. ARTICLE


Maryland Health Connection Insurance Marketplace – Open!

Here are 3 things you can do right now to get ready:

Enrollment Events 

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Enrollment Timeline

Nov. 9 — Anonymous browsing begins on Consumers can use the website to learn about available plans, get an estimate of financial assistance and begin comparing their health insurance options without having to enter personal information. This feature will continue throughout open enrollment.

Nov. 15 — The first HealthConnectNow! sign-up event will be held. About 25 sign-up events are being scheduled throughout Maryland — four times the number held during the first open enrollment. Details about times, dates and locations will be announced in the coming weeks.

Nov. 16 — The call center opens to take phone applications at 855-642-8572 (TTY 855-642-8573).

Nov. 17 — All authorized insurance brokers (producers) and navigators are able to complete enrollments through the website and also provide in-person consumer assistance.

Nov. 18 – All caseworkers at local health departments and departments of social services begin enrolling consumers through the website. Medicaid applications (currently completed through SAIL) will be directed through

Nov. 19 — Self-service enrollment through the website becomes available for the first time to the general public and all other stakeholders.