South Hampton Roads Oral Health Alliance
Dental Safety Net Workgroup
Thursday, September 6, 2018, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
United Way of South Hampton Roads
2515 Walmer Ave, Norfolk, VA 23513 (directions)
Past meeting information: http://bit.ly/OralHealthAlliance
Background: The United Way and Hampton Roads Community Foundation have been working with the Virginia Oral Health Coalition over the past year to bring together local stakeholders around oral health. At our last community meeting in June, we learned about how other safety net collaboratives across Virginia are jointly asset mapping and coordinating care, considered the effects of Medicaid expansion and federal public charge policy changes, and discussed next steps for how to work together in South Hampton Roads to increase utilization of dental services. We achieved consensus that there is a need to take a two-pronged approach:
- Gather qualitative information from patients about what they believe are the most important barriers and enablers for utilizing safety net dental services; and
- Compile information about safety net clinic capacity in a central resource to find information about dental services, make appropriate referrals, and potentially combine with other data to identify areas of need.
Work Group Formation: The Coalition will convene a small workgroup to outline the specifics of this approach and take it back to the larger group for feedback and approval. The Coalition will assist the workgroup to outline an action plan to implement their desired approach, including: a timeline for implementation, leads/point persons for action items, and resources/support needed from Coalition staff to implement action plan. Workgroup members may also be asked to share data on clinic operations, referral processes, and types of services offered; facilitate access to patient/provider perspectives; and, as feasible, to participate in occasional convenings coordinated by the Coalition to receive technical assistance, training, and to learn from other oral health alliance groups around the state.
Work Group Commitment: Involves participation in bimonthly 2-hour meetings. The group may also meet in October to jump start the effort. Overall time commitment will not exceed 3-5 hrs/month to implement work plan action items. Workgroup members are also encouraged to participate in learning and information-sharing opportunities offered by the Coalition, such as the August 21-22 workshop ("Collaboration and Leadership to Improve Oral Health"), the 2018 Annual Oral Health Summit, and biannual Coalition stakeholder meetings.