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Seeking Nominations for U.S. Preventive Services Task Force
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality welcomes nominations for new members to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Each year, new members are appointed to serve 4-year terms and replace those who will be completing their service. To learn more about the nomination process, how to nominate an individual for consideration, or how to self-nominate, please visit www.ahrq.gov/professionals/clinicians-providers/guidelines-recommendations/uspstf/nominate.html. Nominations must be received by May 15, 2018, to be considered for appointment with an anticipated start date of January 2019.
Call for Abstracts
The National Network for Oral Health Access will hold its annual conference November 11–14, 2018 in New Orleans. The call for abstracts is open through Tuesday, May 8, 2018. All members of the dental team are encouraged to submit an abstract, including, but not limited to, safety net dental directors, staff dentists, dental hygienists, dental program managers, executive administrators, state oral health program administrators, primary care associations, and other safety net supporters. Click here to submit an abstract.
White Papers on School Oral Health
The School-Based Health Alliance has released two school oral health related white papers, School Oral Health: An Organizational Framework to Improve Outcomes for Children and Adolescents and Confronting the Consent Conundrum: Lessons from a School Oral Health Learning Community. These documents were co-produced by the School-Based Health Alliance and the Oral Health 2020 Network. OHRC will be exhibiting at the National School-Based Health Care Convention, June 25–26, 2018, in Indianapolis, IN.
The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) has released a data brief, Prevalence of Total and Untreated Dental Caries Among Youth: United States, 2015–2016. Key facts and summary points are found in the brief. Read more about trends in prevalence and disparities in the NCHS's blog interview with the Eleanor Fleming, Ph.D., D.D.S., M.P.H., dental epidemiologist and lead author of the brief.
A new infographic from the National Academies looks at potential ways to limit sugar-sweetened beverage consumption in children from birth to age 5. Visit the page at https://www.nap.edu/resource/24910/ and then click through to read the full proceedings of the National Academies workshop on the topic.
The same strains of the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) that cause cervical cancer also can cause oropharyngeal (head and neck) cancer. Dental professionals, like pediatricians, have a vested interest in recommending HPV vaccination to their patients. Through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) developed three new fact sheets to educate dental professionals and pediatricians about head and neck cancer and HPV and how to work together to increase HPV vaccination rates. Access the fact sheets at www.aap.org/oralhealth or within the AAP HPV Champion Toolkit.
Telehealth Learning Webinar
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is sponsoring a webinar, Consultation services for treating pregnant women with opioid use disorder, on Wednesday, May 16, 2018, at 1:00 pm ET. Topics will include discussion of federal resources, CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain and Clinical Guidance for Treating Pregnant and Parenting Women with Opioid Use Disorder and Their Infants, and case studies. To learn more, visit HRSA's web pages on telehealth programs and the opioid crisis.