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Surgeon General Commissions Report on Oral Health
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Office of the Surgeon General, the National Institutes of Health, and the U.S. Public Health Service’s Oral Health Coordinating Committee have announced the commission of a Surgeon General's Report on oral health. The purpose of the report will be to document progress in oral health since publication in 2000 of the first Surgeon General’s Report focusing on this topic, Oral Health in America. The new report will also describe key issues that currently affect oral health, identify challenges and opportunities that have emerged since publication of the first report, articulate a vision for the future, and call upon all Americans to take action. For more information, see the Federal Register Notice (July 27, 2018).
Webinar: August 30, 3 pm ET
Silver Diamine Fluoride: Science, Practice, and Potential
This webinar from Oral Health America will provide an overview of the science and current research of silver diamine fluoride (SDF). It will also describe Apple Tree Dental’s practical experiences in the use of SDF with children, older adults, people with special needs and other patients. Attendees will gain an understanding of how SDF can stabilize a tooth as part of a continuum of care to restore form and function with a variety of dental restorative materials. One continuing education credit is available upon successful completion. Register.
Notice of Funding Opportunity for the Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children Program (HTPCP)
The purpose of this program is to support community-based services aimed at improving the health status of children, adolescents, and families in rural and other underserved communities by increasing their access to health services. HTPCP applications must represent either a new initiative (i.e., project that was not previously in existence) within the community or an innovative new component that builds upon an existing community-based program or initiative. This program supports the Health Resources and Services’ goals to improve access to quality health care and services, build healthy communities, and improve health equity. Oral health is one of the focus topical areas. Up to 8 grants of up to $50,000 each will be awarded. The due date for applications is October 1, 2018. Cost sharing is required. For more information, access the full Notice of Funding Opportunity, please
- Go to https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=307730
- Click on “Package”
- Click on “Preview”
- Click on “Download Instructions”
Environmental Scan of Oral Health Resources for Home Visiting
The Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors Early Childhood Oral Health Committee, Home Visiting Subcommittee, conducted an environmental scan to identify oral health educational resources for home visitors and the families they serve. Oral Health Educational Resources for Home Visitors and Families: Environmental Scan: 2018 Update also addresses gaps in existing oral health resources and opportunities to promote oral health in home visiting programs.
Environmental Scan of Medical-Dental Integration in Public Health Settings
The University of Iowa Public Policy Center has recently published Medical-Dental Integration in Public Health Settings: An Environmental Scan. The report describes the results of an environmental scan to identify, categorize, and describe examples of medical-dental integration in US public health settings. Findings are intended to inform public health officials and other stakeholders about existing programs and policies that encourage coordination and integration. Topics include clinical activities that target cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and other chronic conditions in dental settings, the use of community health workers, and non-clinical approaches such as integrated insurance benefits. Oral health stakeholders can use this report as a resource for developing integrated activities. The environmental scan valso highlights areas where future research and public health efforts are needed.
Call for Applications for Dental Public Health Residency Program
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Dental Public Health (DPH) Residency Program is now accepting applications for the Class of 2019-2020. All components of the application must be postmarked by September 24, 2018 to be eligible for consideration. The program produces skilled specialists in dental public health who can work collaboratively with their public health and dental colleagues in an array of health settings to achieve improved oral health for populations. For more information about the DPH residency program, eligibility requirements, and application information, please visit the DPH Residency page.
Call for Innovation: MCHB Grand Challenges
Do you have an innovative idea to help solve a health issue affecting moms and kids today? The Maternal and Child Health Bureau invites applicants to four challenges with a total prize purse of $1.5 million. Each challenge has three phases with winners who advance to the next phase.These competitions seek low-cost, scalable, innovative solutions that improve the health of mothers and children across the U.S. Though the topics/focus of the areas of interest are not specifically oral health, these opportunities may be of interest to oral health partners in the field, especially in the areas of healthy weight and preventing opioid misuse among pregnant women. The four competitions are: