MDAC Continuing Education Course

Session 1: The Human Papilloma Virus:  How Will It Affect Your Practice?

Session 2: The Changing Landscape of Tobacco Products: “Vaping”, Smoking, and Chewing

Date: Friday, February 27, 2015

Time: 8:30-4:00pm

Riverhill Interfaith Center: The Gathering Place
6120 Day Long Lane, Clarksville, MD 21029

Jacquelyn L. Fried, RDH, MS
Associate Professor, Director of Interprofessional Initiatives, University of Maryland, Baltimore

6 CEU’s approved by the Maryland State Board of Dental Examiners

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What is Health Equity?

This three-minute motion graphic video from The Health Equity Institute in San Francisco explains how social, economic, and environmental conditions can create health inequities and how these inequities can affect health disparities.


Thank you!


A heartfelt thank you to Dr. Stephen B. Thomas for presenting at our Annual Meeting on December 8. Dr. Thomas is the director of the Center for Health Equity, University of Maryland, School of Public Health. He 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 about MDAC‘s quarterly membership meetings, 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

Book review poster_Library workshop

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. 


Maryland Health Connection Insurance Marketplace – Open!

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

Enrollment Events 

HBE enrollment events

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.