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NOTE: This Monday, August 17th, at 9 am, is a public meeting at HCPF about
NOTE: This Monday, August 17th, at 9 am, is a public meeting at HCPF about
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Brushing Up On Oral Health
Industry News and Updates for Colorado
Grant Updates
BBVA Compass Foundation is offering grant opportunities to nonprofits with a focus on community development/financial literacy, education, health and human services, arts and culture, environment and natural resources, and diversity and inclusion. Online applications are due September 30, 2015. Click here for more important information and webinar information. 
DentaQuest Foundation is offering a mini-grant program, #MySmileMatters, to help organizations to increase children/youth oral health literacy in schools and community. Two $3,000 and one $1,000 grants are available and applications are due Septeber 23. 
Save the Date!
August 17Because it is yet unknown whether Congress will extend federal financing for CHIP beyond September 30, 2017, the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing is hosting a public meeting this Monday morning from 9 – 10:30 am to receive feedback and advice from interested stakeholders in planning and consideration of alternative policies and models to ensure that the children and pregnant women who are covered by Colorado’s CHIP program will continue to have access to health coverage. The meeting will be held at the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, but you may also participate by phone.  If you are unable to attend the meeting but would like to submit comments, please send them by September 15, 2015.
Meeting Location: 
Department of Health Care Policy and Financing 
303 E. 17th Avenue, 11th Floor, Conference Room ABC 
Denver, CO 80203

To participate by phone:
Local: 720-279-0026 
Toll Free: 1-877-820-7831 
Participant Code: 118721# 
To follow the presentation if participating by phone visit

Send comments by mail by September 15:  
The Department of Health Care Policy & Financing Attn: Future of CHP+ 
1570 Grant Street Denver, CO 80203-1818 

For more information, contact us via email:

September 18 - Join DentaQuest from 9 – 11 am (MDT) at the Clarion Inn in Grand Junction for a Town Hall Meeting for Western slope Medicaid dental providers. Dr. James Grant, the DentaQuest Colorado Dental Director; Christie Robson, DentaQuest Provider Relations Representative; and Gail Reeder, the HCPF Dental Outreach Coordinator; and Laura Jacobs, DentaQuest Provider Relations Supervisor will be on hand to answer questions.  
Meeting Location: 
Clarion Inn 
755 Horizon Drive 
Grand Junction, CO 81506

October 9—Registration is open for Oral Health Colorado’s annual meeting. Join us for an update on the activities of Oral Health Colorado as well as a keynote presentation by DentaQuest's Patrick Finnerty, who will update you on the state of oral health for our seniors and discuss strategies being implemented by DentaQuest and its partners to include oral health benefits in Medicare. Click here to register and here for Patrick Finnerty’s biography. 
In the News
Coke Tries to Sugarcoat the Truth on Calories - New York Times - The NYT opinion pages called out Coca-Cola on its explanation about the amount of sugar in its products. Click here to read the full article. 
Strode: Oral Health Colorado Says it’s Crucial Denver Water Sticks with Fluoridation - Colorado Statesman - Deb Foote was quoted in this opinion piece about the whether to continue water fluoridation in Denver. Click here to read the full article. 
Opinion: Along with Obesity Sweet Drinks Cause Serious Dental Problems - Health News Colorado - Deb Foote wrote an article on the oral health problems sweet drinks cause, along with obesity. Click here to read the full article. 
Can You Tell Whose the Soda Addict and Whose the Meth Addict - Take Part - This disturbing article compare the teeth of meth addicts and people with cavities. Click here to read the full article. 
Fewer Colas, Fewer Cavities - Colorado Trust Foundation - Deb Foote recapped the Health News Colorado article about the impacts of colas on teeth. Click here to read the full article. 
In Case You Missed It 
Governor Hickenlooper Letter of Support of Denver Community Water Fluoridation - As Denver Water Commissioners considers its community water fluoridation policies, Governor Hickenlooper came out with a letter of support in favor of this important practice. Click here to read. 
Department of Health Care Policy and Financing July newsletter includes information on Dental Health Care Program for Low Income Seniors (now accepting clients), Provider Revalidation and Enrollment (including registration for informational webinars and FAQ’s) and Medicaid Dental Program Updates (DIDD, rate increases)
ClinicNET's August newsletter includes Provider Revalidation and Enrollment education and more. 
AAPHD July Newsletter (must have a membership to view) offers to members and non members excellent Tips for Good Oral Health During Pregnancy* from an Oral Health Care During Pregnancy: A Consensus Statement. It is a two-page handout for pregnant women. Also now available in It is now available in Chinese, Russian, Spanish and Vietnamese.
America's ToothFairy: National Children's Oral Health Launches #MySmileMatters National Engagement Plan - In preparation for the upcoming school year, America’s ToothFairy launched its #MySmileMatters National Engagement Plan.  The design of this effort is an actual timed plan for youth to engage in the #MySmileMatters Youth Movement.  We ask and hope you will share this with your network, your youth and even your own child, niece or nephew. Please download our #MySmileMatters National Engagement Plan and register your youth today to join this effort.
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