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Community Forums on Tobacco Prevention and Oral Health

Ever hear someone share their story on the radio and been moved to take action? Wonder what it’s like to talk with your legislators about an issue that’s important to you? Want to learn how to write a successful letter to the editor, or pitch a story to a reporter? Here’s your chance to meet people like you, and to learn about the power of advocacy! You’re invited to a community forum on tobacco prevention and oral health. The forums are free to attend, children-friendly, and food will be served! Each forum will feature a panel presentation with a lawmaker and a media representative. Forums... Read more »

Healthcare for the Homeless Programs’ New Dental Clinic Offers Important Services to those in Need

The state’s current system of oral health care is an uneven patchwork of services, so we need to be creative when developing ways to deliver oral health care to all communities. Homeless men, women, and children are frequently excluded from the systems that we have in place to provide access to these services. According to “America’s Youngest Outcasts: State Report Card on Child Homelessness,” published by the Newton-based National Center on Family Homelessness, there are still significant health disparities. Compared to middle-income families, homeless families in Massachusetts suffer... Read more »

House Budget - Amendments Strengthen Health Programs

The House started the week with a budget with appropriations at $27.44 billion, with $19.53 billion from taxes. On Monday, the House voted to increase the sales tax from 5% to 6.25%, bringing in an additional $900 million. They voted to allocate $205 million of those additional funds towards local aid. The left over amount has been used throughout the week for consolidated line item amendments. HCFA’s coalitions continued to advocate for vital state funded programs. The week had both good and bad news. On Tuesday, the House recognized the importance of children’s mental health by... Read more »

Oral Cancer Awareness Week

The release of the 2000 Surgeon General's report ignited our understanding of the connection between oral health and our overall health. This week, many advocates across the country are honoring Oral Cancer Awareness week by promoting awareness of the issue and educating the public on the importance of oral health. Read more »

Oral Health Study Doesn’t Tell the Whole Story

According to a recent Kaiser Family Foundation study,Massachusetts can boast the second-highest rate of dentists per person in the country. The study results showed the District of Columbia in the lead, with Massachusetts following close behind. Read more »

Dental Coverage Critical to Decreasing ER Visits

A recent report on data from the California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) found that people without dental coverage were significantly more likely to use the emergency department (ED) for preventable dental conditions such as untreated cavities, dental abscesses, and periodontal disease. Click here to download the full report (.pdf). Read more »

National Public Health Week is from April 6-12th!

Every April since 1995, the American Public Health Association has organized the National Public Health Week campaign to educate the public, policy-makers and practitioners on important public health issues. This week also serves as a time to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight the issues that are important to improving the health status of our communities. Read more »

10,000 More Families in Springfield Now Have Access to Dental Care

This past Friday, April 3rd, excitement and anticipation was in the air as health providers, advocates, funders, consumers, the Administration and lawmakers gathered at the Springfield Technical Community College (STCC) to see the opening of the Springfield Community Dental Clinic. (photos here; WWLP video below) Read more »

Demand for Oral Health Care Among Elders Continue to Increase

Massachusetts is well-known for its commitment to public health. Our communities thrive when there are programs available to improve the health and quality of life of its residents. In 2002, the Boston Public Health Commission experienced a sharp increase in requests for oral health care among the elderly population. In response to this increased need for care, the BPHC created the Oral Health Equity Project (OHEP). This innovative program focuses on increasing access to preventive and restorative oral health care services for elders living in Boston's public housing. Read more »

Watch Your Mouth on What's In Store

Dr. Frank Robinson was recently interviewed on CBS’s What’s in Store to discuss the Watch Your Mouth campaign. On the show, Dr. Robinson talks about the importance of oral health, the impact dental disease can have on kids’ health and school success, and what you can do to speak up for kid’s oral health! Click here to view the segment. For more information about Watch Your Mouth, please visit www.WatchYourMouth.org. -Christine Keeves Read more »

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