July 2019
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Featuring the latest resources to promote oral health

New from OHRC

Promoting oral health in schools: A resource guide
Promoting Oral Health in Schools: A Resource Guide (fourth edition). This guide, designed for health professionals who work in or with schools to promote oral health for children and adolescents, features descriptions and links to materials on care, dental sealants, education, fluorides, program development, surveillance, and federally funded project final reports. It also includes descriptions of organizations that can provide additional support for activities to promote oral health in schools. 

More Resources on Schools and Education

Opioids and children and adolescents
Opioids and Children and Adolescents: Information for Oral Health Professionalsprovides best practices for care on drugs to recommend before prescribing opioids and information about prescribing opioids with caution and being aware of the potential for misuse or abuse. It also discusses the importance of understanding laws, policies, and recommendations.


This paper is a companion to the 2018 OHRC release of Prescribing Opioids for Women of Reproductive Age: Information for Dentists, a paper which provides an overview of pain management for dental procedures for women of reproductive age and discusses pharmacological considerations for pregnant women.
For easy access to these papers and related resources used in their development, OHRC has developed Resource Highlights: Opioids and Pain Management, the latest in a series of topic pages on OHRC's website that promote materials from OHRC and in the OHRC library. 

MCHB Funding Announced

Networks for Oral Health Integration (NOHI) within the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Safety Net

The Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has announced the following NOHI awards:

  • Health Center Network of New York, Inc., partnering with Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC
  • Michigan Primary Care Association partnering with Illinois, Iowa, and Ohio
  • Denver Health and Hospital Authority partnering with Arizona, Montana, and Wyoming

Each network will develop, implement, and evaluate a model of care to promote the integration of optimal oral health services within a safety net setting (community health centers). The Center for Oral Health Systems Integration and Improvement consortium, led by the National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center in partnership with the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors and the Dental Quality Alliance, which is also funded by MCHB, will provide technical assistance to support the NOHI projects.

In the News

Practice Report

Virginia Department of Health Dental Health Program Emerging Practice Accepted in AMCHP Innovation Station
The Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP) collects, reviews and disseminates cutting-edge, emerging, promising, and best practices from public health programs across the U.S. so that effective models can be shared and replicated among the MCH community. The Virginia Dental Health Program, Department of Health, through the Perinatal and Infant Oral Health Quality Improvement Expansion grant from MCHB, developed a model that provides trainings and resources for home visitors, family support workers, family educators, and nurses to share with the families they serve. The practice report, Improving Oral Health Outcomes for Pregnant Women and Infants by Educating Home Visitors, provides a high-level overview of the practice and describes how to implement the practice. Search all practices and learn about submission in AMCHP's Innovation Station.

Call for Comments

HRSA Uniform Data System Proposed Revision
HRSA uses the Uniform Data System (UDS) for annual reporting by certain HRSA award recipients, including health center program awardees and others. HRSA collects UDS data annually to ensure compliance with legislative and regulatory requirements, improve clinical and operational performance, and report overall program accomplishments. HRSA plans to continue aligning several clinical measures reported in the UDS with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' electronic specified clinical quality measures. See the proposed changes in the Federal Register notice and submit comments by September 24, 2019.

Call for Comments; Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

CMS Developing New Access Measurement Approach 
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking to rescind outdated 2015 requirements that impose complex administrative burdens on states without meaningful impact to beneficiaries. This effort will streamline federal oversight of access to care requirements that protect to Medicaid beneficiaries. CMS is also issuing guidance to states to remind them of their ongoing statutory responsibilities to ensure appropriate access to care for beneficiaries. In the coming weeks, CMS will be working with the National Association of Medicaid Directors to identify states that would be interested in partnering with CMS on this initiative by participating in technical expert panels and ongoing working groups.
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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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