June 2019
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Featuring the latest resources to promote oral health

June 2019

The following news and resources are featured by the National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center (OHRC). 

News from OHRC


Michelle Landrum, dental hygienist liaison (DHL) project lead coordinator, accepted the American Dental Hygienists' Association (ADHA) Presidential Citation on behalf of DHLs nationwide at ADHA’s annual conference on June 23, 2019, in Louisville, KY. The citation acknowledges exemplary contributions to ADHA and the dental hygiene profession. Region 5 and Wisconsin state DHL, Diane Flanagan, also received the ADHA Award for Excellence in Dental Hygiene. This award honors Diane’s involvement in ADHA and its Wisconsin chapter, her leadership in and advancement of the dental hygiene experience, and her contributions to practice and future of the dental hygiene profession. The DHL project is a partnership between the Head Start National Center for Early Childhood Health and Wellness (NCECHW) and ADHA.
Under the DHL project, one dental hygienist from each state volunteers to help promote oral health for pregnant women and children enrolled in Head Start and children enrolled in child care. OHRC and the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors coordinate all of the oral health activities of NCECHW including the DHL project.
Congratulations to the DHLs and to Diane! We thank them all for their service and commitment to improving the oral health of pregnant women, infants, and children.
Dental hygienist liaison project

Special Care: An Oral Health Professional’s Guide to Serving Children with Special Health Care Needs (2nd ed.)

OHRC and ADHA collaborate on another partnership project: offering professional training and continuing education (CE) credits through the online curriculum, Special Care: An Oral Health Professional’s Guide to Serving Children with Special Health Care Needs (2nd ed.). This series of five modules is designed to provide oral health professionals with information to help ensure that children with special health care needs have access to health promotion and disease prevention services that address their unique oral health needs in a comprehensive, family-centered, and community-based manner. There is no charge for CE credits for those eligible. 

In the News

Call for Comments and Webinar

Definition of Health Literacy
The Department of Health and Human Services is requesting comments about a proposed update to the definition of health literacy. A Federal Register notice on the subject was published on June 4, 2019 inviting written comments to be submitted by August 5, 2019 to There will also be a webinar on Wednesday, June 26. from 12-1 pm ET to discuss the proposed new definition of health literacy, describe guidelines for the new definition, and detail how to submit comments.  

National Performance Measure for Oral Health

Improving Women's and Children's Access to Oral Health Care
The University of Washington School of Public Health featured oral health in the May 2019 Northwest Bulletin: Family & Child Health. This cumulative volume looks at issues and opportunities related to the Maternal and Child Health Bureau's national performance measure 13, oral health in children 1 to 17 and pregnant women. The bulletin is a collaboration of the Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health (MCH) at the University of Washington, Seattle; maternal and child health programs in the states of AlaskaIdahoOregon and WashingtonPublic Health - Seattle & King County; and experts in maternal and child health. The volume has four parts:
  • Oral health integration
  • Sustainable oral health innovations to reach underserved communities
  • New ways to decrease tooth decay
  • Oral health integration into prenatal care and healthy weight promotion
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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