Posts by Lauren Sawyer

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

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

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

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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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…

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

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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Communicating the Importance of Dental Care During Pregnancy

Expectant mothers have a lot to keep track of, and misperceptions on the importance and safety of dental care during pregnancy can push oral health care to the bottom of the list. Medical professionals and family educators can drive home the value of dental care and increase the chance a woman will visit the dentist…

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