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Virginia Oral Health Coalition Receives Community Award

On October 18 we were honored to receive the Williamsburg Health Foundation Annual Award for our collaborative work with partners in Williamsburg and across the state to improve health outcomes.


2018 Virginia Oral Health Summit Speaker Q&A Series Dr. Matt Allen

Ahead of the 2018 Virginia Oral Health Summit on November 8, we’ll be hearing from some of our speakers about their work to improve health. I recently spoke with featured speaker Dr. Matt Allen, a dentist and motivational interviewing expert, to learn more about the role of motivational interviewing in dentistry and health care.


Event Summary – Community Tool Box Training: Collaboration & Leadership to Improve Oral Health

Health advocates from around the Commonwealth joined the Coalition team this summer for a two-day training in Richmond. The event, “Collaboration & Leadership to Improve Oral Health,” was led by an expert from the University of Kansas Community Tool Box program, who has worked with other state and local oral health coalitions around the country to give them the tools to grow and nurture diverse stakeholder groups, develop sustainable programs, and share leadership skills to ensure engagement and ongoing participation. During the event we discussed opportunities to create change in our communities, and learned more about Community Tool Box online resource center, a free resource that equips community advocates to create social change.

Author: Lauren Gray

Integrating Oral Health in the Community with Home Visitor Trainings

Home visitors are an integral part of Virginia’s health care system; they are on the front lines of care and education, reaching rural or at-risk populations who may otherwise fall through the cracks. As members of the communities they serve, home visitors build trust with patients and families and create long-lasting, ongoing relationships with community members. 


Three messages to reinforce with parents and caregivers this back to school season

Virginia students miss nearly 1 million hours of school each year for dental problems. With the beginning of a new school year around the corner, now is a great time for health advocates and providers across the state to work together to improve oral health for all students by sharing with parents and caregivers a few recommendations on improving oral health for their children.

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