September 2019
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Featuring the latest resources to promote oral health

News from OHRC

Toothbrushing at the table
The video Steps for Toothbrushing at the Table: Growing Healthy Smiles in Early Care and Education Programs has won an APEX Award for Publication Excellence from Communications Concepts that recognizes publication excellence in content, communications effectiveness, and graphic design.

OHRC, a partner in the National Center for Early Childhood Health and Wellness, has helped to produce the video. In this video, learn how to prepare, model, clean up, and store supplies, and to train staff to begin a daily toothbrushing program in Head Start and child care programs. Find supplemental resources on the video's web page. Encouraging tooth brushing in Head Start and child care programs helps promote oral health and teaches children about proper toothbrushing and a lifelong habit.
COHSII home page
OHRC, the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors (ASTDD) and the Dental Quality Alliance work in collaboration on the Center for Oral Health Systems Integration and Improvement (COHSII), now in year three of project activities. Check in via the COHSII web page to learn more about technical assistance to Maternal and Child Health Bureau-funded networks and Title V oral health programs, maternal and child oral health quality indicators, and the projects working to integrate oral health care services into primary care.

In the News

Call for Proposals

National Oral Health Conference
The 2020 National Oral Health Conference® will mark the 21st joint meeting of the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors (ASTDD) and the American Association of Public Health Dentistry (AAPHD) April 6-8, 2020, in San Diego. The planning committee for the 2020 NOHC® invites proposals:

Call for Proposals

AMCHP 2020 Annual Conference Session and Poster Proposals
The 2020 Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP) Annual Conference will be held March 21-24 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Crystal City, Virginia. The submission deadline is Friday, October 4. Those who completed submissions by this deadline will be notified of their session status by the end of November.

Call for Comments

US Preventive Services Task Force Draft Research Plan
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force posted a draft research plan on screening and interventions to prevent dental caries in children younger than 5 years. The draft research plan is available for review and public comment through October 16, 2019. 


Health Literacy in Action
The Horowitz Center for Health Literacy and the Institute for Healthcare Advancement are co-hosting the Health Literacy in Action Conference, October 10-11, at the University of Maryland College Park. View the agenda for details.

Resources for Event

World Cavity-Free Day is October 14
World Cavity-Free Future Day was launched as an initiative in 2016 by the Alliance for a Cavity-Free Future, whose mission is to address the need for greater global awareness of dental caries. In addition, the Alliance focuses on the wider issues that stem from poor dental health and raises global awareness about best practices for the prevention and management of caries and cavities. Use the 2019 resource pack to find family resources, professional resources, posters, images, infographics, a toolkit, and background information to promote World Cavity-Free Future Day in your area. 

Funding Opportunity

Inclusive Health Innovation Grants
Special Olympics announces that the 2020 Inclusive Health Innovation grant application period is now open. This opportunity is intended for mainstream (non-disability) organizations that have national-level influence. With support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, these small grants--up to $25,000 per grant for a period of performance of up to 12 months--reflect a commitment to improving access to mainstream health services in the U.S. for people with intellectual disabilities. The deadline to submit applications is November 1, 2019. Only U.S.-based organizations eligible to receive federal funding may apply for this grant opportunity. To apply, please visit the Center for Inclusive Health to find the request for applications and related documents. 

Federal Statistics

Federally-Funded Interagency Forum Publishes Report
America's Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being, an annual report of federal statistics on the health and well-being of America's children and families, is now available. The 2019 America's Children report includes measures across seven domains: family and social environment, economic circumstance, health care, physical environment and safety, behavior, health, and education. The report is published by the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics, currently comprising 23 federal government agencies involved in data collection, research and activities related to children and families. Oral health is a sub-topic of health care


Healthy Beverage Recommendations from Key National Health and Nutrition Organizations
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American Academy of Pediatrics and American Heart Association recommend breast milk, infant formula, water, and plain milk as part of a new set of comprehensive beverage recommendations for children, outlined by age (birth through age 5). View the report, infographic, and announcement.
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This publication was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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