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Brushing Up On Oral Health
Industry News and Updates for Colorado
Grant Updates
ADA Foundation. The ADA Foundation is now accepting applications for its 2015 Samuel D. Harris Fund for Children's Dental Health Grant Program.  The deadline is Friday, April 10. Non-profit organizations and agencies that sponsor education programs for new parents and caregivers to reduce the incidence of early childhood caries are eligible to apply. This year, approximately 23 competitive grants of up to $5,000 each will be awarded solely for prenatal and postnatal oral health instruction for parents and caregivers. Click here for more information.
Colorado's State Innovation Model (SIM). SIM anounced the launch of the SIM Workgroup Application Process. The workgroups will consist of the following topical areas:
Health Information Technology, Data, and Quality Measures; 
Workforce Development; 
Population Health and Consumer Engagement; 
Service Delivery and Practice Transformation; 
Policy and Evaluation; and
Payers, Purchasers, and Payment Reform. 
The SIM Office developed an official application process for Leads, Co-Leads and Workgroup members. Applications for each Workgroup will be accepted through close of business, Friday April 10, 2015.  Click here for criteria and applications. 

Dental Trade Alliance Foundation. If your organization has an innovative project designed to improve oral health care for the growing number of needy Americans and would like to be considered for a grant, please review the guidelines. Each applicant must demonstrate that their innovative project will not only improve access to oral care in their immediate area, but also have the potential to grow and be implemented in other areas of the country.  Each applicant must complete the electronic 2015 DTA Foundation Grant Proposal Application FormGrant applications are due no later than May 27, 2015.
Upcoming Meetings and Collaboration Opportunities
April 9, 13, 14, 20, 22 - The DentaQuest Foundation is hosting a series of informational webinars on each of the Oral Health 2020 Targets over the next few weeks.  These target webinars will focus on regrounding us in the importance of each target, sharing a vision for how the target can be realized, hearing from the leaders in the field about what’s happening today, and wrapping up with exploring where we still need to go from here. Click on the links below to register for the webinar. 
April 14 - Medicaid - 4 pm EDT (Note: This is at the same time at a different phone number)
April 21 - Oral Health Colorado is hosting a convening on activating the grassroots. Event speakers Jennifer Messinger-Heilbronner from Metropolitan Group's public health practice, Together Colorado's Mike Kromrey and special lunch speaker Dr. Arnie Arneson will share strategies on building and engaging grassroots networks at the local level. Register here
Spring 2015 - Revisions to the Children’s Dental Rule that were approved by the Medical Services Board (MSB) on October 10, 2014, went into effect on November 30, 2014. The final version is available on the Code of Colorado Regulations website, section 8.202 “Dental Services for Children” on page 25 of the rule. The Department has decided to push out the will schedule a series of meetings as part of the Orthodontic Benefits Collaborative, with rule making estimated for summer 2015. Providers can contact DentaQuest’s Provider Services at 1-855-225-1731 (TTY 711) if they need assistance or they can visit DentaQuest’s Providers website.
May 11 - This tentatively scheduled workshop from 1-3 pm has been planned by the HCPF finance office to review the invoices and summary that were streamlined for the new Colorado Dental Health Care Program for Low-Income Seniors. Contact Chandra Vital for updates. 303.866.5506 for more information. Click here for a link to the new template.
In the News
Tooth Decay: A Silent Epidemic, Especially for Poor Kids in Colo. - Colorado Public Radio. Last month Colorado Public Radio ran an in-depth story on the child oral health crisis in Colorado and its impact on low-income Colo. The story profiles a little girl at Children’s Hospital who was surgically treated, under general anesthesia, for severe decay in her baby teeth. Her mother said it was because of too much sugar in her diet. The story mentions Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation, public will-building and Medical-Dental Integration work, with experts like Dr. Patty Braun at Denver Health, and Dr. Scott Hamilton at Children’s Hospital Colorado.  
Untreated Dental Decay is Falling Among Children - New York Times. Health "Well" blog reporter at the New York Times wrote a story about how untreated dental decay among children is falling. Click here to read the full story. 
State of Childrens' Oral Health in Colorado - 9News. 9NEWS, one of Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation media partners, ran a powerful story on the state of children’s oral health in Colorado and featured Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation and the Cavities Get Around campaign, as well included an interview with Dr. Scott Hamilton, a foundation board member and a pediatric dentist at the Cavity Free at Three Clinic at Children’s Hospital, and featured a family with a child in the OR at Children’s Hospital for severe decay. 
Working to Pprovide Care in Colorado's Dental Desert - Health News Colorado. OHCO Executive Director Deborah Foote wrote an opinion piece to update readers on the progress of providing access to oral care in rural Colorado. Click here to read the article. 
Policy and Legislative Updates
Healthcare Policy and Finance Update. In case you missed the HCPF Colorado Medicaid Dental Program updates, here is a link for review. The revisions to the Adult Dental Services rule passed its final reading for permanent adoption at the Medical Services Board (MSB) meeting on March 13, 2015 and will be effective on April 30, 2015. The final version will be made available on the Code of Colorado Regulations website. Dental updates begin on page 7
Action Alert: The Healthy Kids Colorado Survey (HKCS) is a voluntary, anonymous survey that assists schools, districts, communities, and other partners in improving the safety and positive school culture and supporting the healthy development of middle and high school students--and includes important questions on oral health. The State Board of Education is considering switching to requiring active consent which would place a significant administrative and cost burden on schools. Please contact your State School Board Members and urge them not to change the information gathering process.  Here is a link to a sample letter. 
  • The HKCS discussion has been confirmed for Wednesday, April 8, 2015, in the State Board room at the Colorado Department of Education, 201 E. Colfax Ave., #101, Denver, CO 80203.  Public Comment is scheduled to begin at 10:30am.  The HCKS discussion is then on the agenda after lunch probably sometime a bit after 2pm. If you are planning to testify, or have arranged for someone to testify and have not yet been in touch, please confirm with Alexis Weightman ( and/or Sarah Nickels ( 
In Case You Missed It...
Filling the Dental Gap Colorado Health Institute Report. Here is the link to the Colorado Health Institute report about the state's growing need for oral healthcare providers and what is being done to address the "dental desert" in Colorado. 
The National Center for Health Workforce Analysis. The organization has released a new brief entitled National and State-Level Projections of Dentists and Dental Hygienists in the U.S., 2012-2025This brief provides information on the national and state projections of the supply and estimated demand for dentists and dental hygienists from 2012 to 2025 using HRSA’s Health Workforce Simulation Model (HWSM). The brief includes a discussion of the importance of dentists and dental hygienists in the healthcare delivery system, types of services provided, and the settings in which dental health professionals provide services.
New Data on ECC and Sealants by the CDC. The CDC has published new data on tooth decay, untreated tooth decay and sealant prevalence in children.  Click here to read the full report. 
New Guidelines on Daily Intake of "Free Sugars." The World Health Organization released new guidelines recommending adults and children reduce daily intake of "free sugars to less than 10% of total calories.  Click here for the press release summarizing the guidelines. 
Americans Delaying Dental Care. The Children's Dental Health Project released survey data recently  showing that nearly 4 in 10 Americans are delaying dental visits due to concerns about the costs they would incur. The survey also shows that roughly one-third of respondents reported that either they or a family member have "a toothache or other problem with [their] teeth or gums that needs to be addressed." Click here to read the full report. 
Resources for Download
Spanish Language Fluoride Posters.Here are two different links to two Spanish language fluoride posters as PDFs. Please print and post them. 
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