July 2018
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Featuring the latest resources to promote oral health

July 2018

The following news and resources are featured by the National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center (OHRC). 
School-Based Dental Sealant Programs

New from OHRC

School-Based Dental Sealant Programs (2nd ed.)
School-Based Dental Sealant Programs (2nd ed.) is a series of five online modules that offer continuing education credits or a completion certificate. The modules provide detailed guidelines for infection control in school-based programs; discuss tooth selection and assessment for dental sealants; review the dental-sealant-application process; and provide information about program operations, with an emphasis on the specific requirements that apply to programs funded by the Ohio Department of Health. We would like to extend special thanks to William Mass, D.D.S., M.P.H, for reviewing and updating the curriculum.

Focus on Dental Sealants: More Resources from OHRC

Explore the Redesigned Brush Up on Oral Health Page

Explore the newly redesigned Brush Up on Oral Health web page to access earlier tip sheets, organized by topic. Find the latest Brush Up at the top, browse past titles by topic, find content in Spanish, and subscribe for monthly delivery of this resource for Head Start staff to discover oral health best practices and practical tips for promoting good oral health to share with parents.

We would appreciate your feedback on Brush Up on Oral Health.

In the News

2018 NNOHA Conference Registration Now Open

Registration is open for the 2018 National Network for Oral Health Access (NNOHA) Annual Conference: Unmask Your Potential: Innovate, Integrate and Celebrate! Join NNOHA November 11-14, 2018, in New Orleans for four days of professional development, peer networking, clinical training, and the latest in safety-net dentistry news. This is the premier conference for community health center oral health programs. OHRC will be an exhibitor at the conference.

Smiles for Life Front Line Health Worker Curriculum

Smiles for Life is the nation’s most comprehensive and widely-used oral health curriculum specifically designed by and for primary care clinicians. A new set of Smiles for Life curriculum modules have been specifically created for Front Line Health Workers (FLHWs), a growing workforce that plays an important role in addressing the oral health needs of their community. Front line health workers are now recognized as key members of the health care team and include community health workers and representatives, promotores de salud, health educators, case managers, care coordinators, public health workers, community health advocates, health advisors or advocates, patient navigators, outreach workers, family resource workers, peer health promoters, and others who play supportive roles in health care.

The modules review the relationship between oral health and overall health, prevalence and impact of oral diseases, barriers to maintaining oral health, strategies to promote oral health equity, and opportunities to integrate oral health into FLHW practice. To access the FLHW modules go to Smiles for Life, click on the "Teach Curriculum" box, scroll down to Course 10 Front Line Health Workers.

MCH Leadership Competencies (4th ed.) Released

The Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA's) MCH Leadership Competencies have been revised, based on feedback from stakeholders in the field, a literature review, and input from a workgroup to reflect changes in the field as well as evolving challenges and priorities. First released in 2007, the MCH Leadership Competencies support current and future MCH leaders by defining the knowledge and skills necessary to lead in this field, thus unifying a field made up of a multitude of disciplines.

Related resource: The MCH Navigator provides state public health professionals with competency-based learning and tools to improve the health of children and families. It serves as a learning portal for MCH professionals, students, and others working to improve the health and well-being of women, children, and families. HRSA's training program will work with the MCH Navigator to update the self-assessment and the corresponding resources and trainings to reflect the recent edition of the competencies.  
OHRC services are supported by a cooperative agreement (U44MC30806) from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration.
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