Smile Humboldt E-Newsletter for the Humboldt County Dental Advisory Group (DAG)
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June 2016 



For more information on oral health resources in our community


From the Oral Health Consultant
Leigh Pierre-Oetker, Humboldt County Public Health

Happy Summer Everyone!  

We are continuing our work on applying to become a Local Dental Pilot Program as part of the new MediCal 2020 Waiver's Dental Transformation Initiative. Our discussions are focusing more on care coordination and case management and the potential to financially incentivize a small cadre of private dental providers willing to potentially take on some of those in our 0-20 DentiCal population.  
For more information on the MediCal 2020 Waiver-Dental Transformation Initiative go to:

The DAG Outreach & Marketing Committee is working on our Smile Humboldt strategic marketing plan that includes a greater roll out of our messaging around "YOU Can Prevent Dental Decay." Please be our partner in this effort-we will be sharing more about how you can help us, looking for your input and supplying our DAG partners with material and incentives.  We are also brainstorming the creation of a local Dental Resource Guide, a highly visual piece that would include info on self care/how to's of brushing and flossing, children's game, oral health milestones 0-100, our website info and how to make/keep a dental appointment.   We also want to make our Smiles Are Always in Style rap & video go viral-its a great tool for appealing to a younger audience.  And finally, we are also developing ideas that would make our campaign distinctively Humboldt. 

Thanks to the folks at the California Center for Rural Policy, who are conducting key focus groups over the summer to test our messaging as well as survey certain populations about their oral health habits and interactions with local providers.  This information is going to be a huge help in us understanding not only the efficacy of our messaging but how folks in general think about caring for their teeth and how we can play a better role as an oral health community.

As always, if you would like more information on any of the above topics or anything else, please contact me at-
707-268-2172 or email:


Oral Health Resources & Articles
Campaign for Dental Health Newsletter
You asked and we responded! The Campaign for Dental Health is thrilled to announce that has new content on fluoride and IQ scores, cancer and drinking water. These are housed on the newly redesigned What's the Debate? page. Check it out and help us spread the word about why community water fluoridation is safe, effective, and important.
The new resources are also available on the Learn and Share page of the site. Once you are on the Learn page, don't forget to toggle over to the Share page for quick links to easy to share videos and images. Have ideas about other resources you would like to see on the site? Contact us at

The National Conference of State Legislatures is excited to share a few new publications. These documents were distributed to over 2000 state legislators and will be shared with newly elected legislators after the November election. Below are links to the documents.

Tooth.jpgOral Health America (OHA) has published a new report examining factors impacting the oral health of older Americans. A State of Decay, Vol. III is the third in a series of reports from OHA surveying the state of oral health for older Americans. The state-by-state report analyzes the oral health of its 65+ population and the success or failure of states to address those needs. The report serves as a resource for states to address shortfalls in oral health status, dental benefits for low income adults and population-based prevention, all of which impact the oral health of older adults. It proposes concrete steps that can be taken to promote healthy aging and independence for this rapidly growing cohort of America's population.
A State of Decay, Vol. III gives a rating of "Poor," "Fair," "Good," or "Excellent" based on state level data analyzing five variables impacting older adult oral health: Edentulism (loss of all teeth), Adult Medicaid Dental Benefits, Community Water Fluoridation, Basic Screening Surveys and State Oral Health Plans. OHA ranked each of the 50 states based on the overall health status among the older adult population as measured by an overall state score referred to as a Composite Score. The report includes six recommendations to ensure that America's increasing population of seniors age healthily and independently.

The Kansas Oral Health Connections (KOHC) has developed a video that looks back at the first year of their collective impact efforts. KOHC welcomes feedback from other states on how they can more effectively harness resources to expand their network in order to have an impact on the conditions of poverty in order to improve oral health equity. KOHC has a shared vision of Oral Health for All, and four shared goals: Eradicating dental disease in children; incorporating oral health into the primary education system; mandatory inclusion of an adult benefit in publicly funded health insurance; and a comprehensive oral health measurement system.


It Shouldn't Hurt to Be a Child: Preventing Early Childhood Caries
Provides information on preventing early childhood caries (ECC). The fact sheet includes statements supported by references from the recent professional literature that can be integrated into a brief or report, a proposal, or a presentation. Topics include what ECC is and who is at risk, the costs of ECC, and how ECC risk can be reduced.

Upcoming Webinars


Tuesday, June 21, 2016 – 1:00 pm Eastern | 12:00 pm Central | 11:00 am Mountain | 10:00 am Pacific
Registration Information
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Oral Health Strategic Framework 2014–2017 (the Framework) reflects the collective deliberations and next steps proposed by HHS and other federal partners to realize the Department's oral health vision and eliminate oral health disparities. This one-hour webinar will discuss the strategic alignment of HHS operating and staff divisions' resources, programs, and leadership commitments to improve oral health with activities of other federal partners. The presenters will introduce and review the five major goals and associated strategies that are central to the Framework and will update stakeholders regarding the current strategy to improve oral health.

From the State


Approve $4 million GF one-time for Virtual Dental Homes that provide dental care to low-income people through dental hygienists and assistants in community settings such as schools, day care and nursing homes.

Approve $3.2 million GF on-going to restore the Dental Disease Prevention Program which Provide preventive dental care to low-income children in schools.



Restored $3.2 million General Fund for the Children’s Dental Disease Prevention Program. This program provides school-based oral health prevention services to low-income school children. Participating sites provide fluoride supplementation, dental sealants, plaque control, and oral health education.

Approved $2 million ($514,000 General Fund) for three years to support positions and contractual services to address workload related to the conversion of the current Medi-Cal Dental Fiscal Intermediary, including $500,000 for an independent verification and validation consultant to provide oversight of this turnover-takeover and $500,000 for a project manager contract to assess the project’s status, performance trends, milestones, and project completion.

Approved four positions and $503,000 ($222,000 General Fund) to address current and anticipated increases in Denti-Cal workload due to ongoing efforts in connection with the findings and recommendations of the California State Auditor (CSA) and the federal Office of Inspector General audits regarding questionable billing for pediatric services.


2016 Little Hoover Commission Report:
"Fixing DentiCal"

On Wednesday, March 30, 2016, the Little Hoover Commission adopted its report on California’s Medicaid dental program, Denti-Cal,
Fixing Denti-Cal


The report is available on the Commission’s website here

DAG Outreach & Marketing Committee
Next Meeting:   Friday, June 17th 3:00-4:30
Public Health Conference Room 
529 I Street
(corner of 6th & I)-Eureka

Humboldt County Dental Advisory Group (DAG)
Next Meeting: Tuesday, July 12th 2016 12:00-2:00
Eureka Community Health & Wellness Center
2200 Tydd Street
~Lunch Will Be Served~

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