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Innovation, Integration and Celebration – Takeaways from NNOHA Annual Conference

By Quan Williams | Nov 29, 2018 | 0 Comments

Being new to the Virginia Oral Health Coalition I was excited to attend the 2018 National Network for Oral Health Access (NNOHA) conference and learn more from our partners around the country. I was impressed by the size and scope of the conference and left with several takeaways. Innovation:  A key focus for the conference…

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Understanding Billing and Benefits for Medallion and CCC+

By Sarah Bedard Holland | Nov 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

This fall is an exciting time in Virginia as hundreds of thousands of new Virginians enroll in Medicaid health plans. As you know, nearly 400,000 Virginia adults now have access to medical coverage, thanks to Medicaid expansion. What you may not know, however, is that several Medicaid health plans (known as managed care organizations or “MCOs”)…

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2018 Virginia Oral Health Summit Speaker Q&A Series Dr. Jennifer Lee

By Lauren Sawyer | Oct 29, 2018 | 0 Comments

Ahead of the 2018 Virginia Oral Health Summit on November 8, we’ll be hearing from some of our speakers about their efforts to improve health. I recently spoke with Dr. Jennifer Lee, Agency Director for Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services, to learn more about the lead up to Medicaid expansion and the work she and her team…

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Virginia Oral Health Coalition Receives Community Award

By Lauren Sawyer | Oct 26, 2018 | 0 Comments

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. The award, given each year to an organization that has improved the lives of Williamsburg residents, recognized the incredible efforts made by VaOHC staff and community partners.…

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

By Lauren Sawyer | Oct 26, 2018 | 0 Comments

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. Dr. Allen has been…

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

By Lauren Gray | Sep 25, 2018 | 0 Comments

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…

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Integrating Oral Health in the Community with Home Visitor Trainings

By Lauren Sawyer | Sep 25, 2018 | 0 Comments

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…

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

By Lauren Sawyer | Sep 4, 2018 | 0 Comments

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…

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Partner Profile: How the Virginia Coalition of Latino Organizations is Creating an Equal Virginia for All

By Lauren Sawyer | Aug 29, 2018 | 0 Comments

Challenges facing the Latino community have been all over the news recently. To understand the efforts happening here in Virginia to ensure all communities have opportunities to succeed I sat down with Beatriz Amberman, chair of the Virginia Coalition of Latino Organizations (VACOLAO) and member of the Virginia Oral Health Coalition legislative committee, to learn…

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Why the Census Matters for Health Care

By Sarah Bedard Holland | Aug 13, 2018 | 0 Comments

In 2020 the federal government will count the roughly 330 million people in the United States (US) through the census, a tally that is mandated by the Constitution. The census occurs every ten years and requires every resident in the US to complete forms that detail household size, income, and other demographic details. The data…

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