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OHRC Announcements—Webinars

Events are listed in reverse date order and recordings are added afterward as available.

Monday, November 29, 2021
The American Dental AssociationCouncil on Advocacy for Access and Prevention presents a webinar about the importance of oral health literacy for caregivers and families, including for older adults, children and people with disabilities: "A Family Affair: Caregiving, Oral Health and Health Literacy Considerations Across the Lifespan." Register.

Monday, November 29, 2021
State-Based Strategies for Dental Data Exchange and Care Coordination
During this virtual convening by CareQuest Institue for Oral Health, panelists will discuss activities, goals, and strategies aimed at incorporating dental health information into state health information technology roadmaps, health information exchanges, and quality measurement. Register.

Tuesday, November 16, and Thursday, November 18, 2021
Pregnancy & Dental Care Go Together
This virtual convening will bring together experts in pregnancy care and dental care to discuss promising policy and practice models that aim to increase access to dental care for pregnant people. The convening is presented by Community Catalyst’s Dental Access Project and Women’s Health Program, in collaboration with Raising Women’s Voices for the Health Care We Need.  

Tuesday, November 9, 2021
The National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation presents this November 9 webinar that features leaders in the field of oral health who are working to reduce disparities in access to and quality of care. The State of Oral Health: Increasing Access and Reducing Disparities will explore federal initiatives, a health plan foundation’s investment, and inter-professional approaches to integrate oral health into education and care delivery models. Recording.

Wednesday, October 27, 2021
Supporting Patients Experiencing Intimate Partner Violence: Opportunities for Oral Health Providers
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and oral health providers play an important role in supporting survivors of intimate partner violence (IPV). This webinar from the National Network for Oral Health Access will identify strategies that can promote health and safety outcomes for patients and their children. Oral health providers have an opportunity to offer their patients information on IPV, reduce isolation, and increase safety by referring patients to community-based organizations for support. National resources, including programs that help patients receive free cosmetic and dental reconstructive procedures, will also be discussed. Recording.

Thursday, October 21, 2021
How Value-Based Care Will Change Dentistry’s Future
This Carequest Institute for Oral Health webinar will discuss the foundations of value-based care and the dental processes and procedures that are ripe for change. It will also explore CareQuest Institute’s Three Domain Framework that proposes a new model for dentistry and a case study of what a patient journey can look like when we prioritize value over volume. Recording.

Wednesday, October 13, 2021
Engaging and Enrolling: Countering the Chilling Effect of “Public Charge” to Help Eligible Latino Children get Medicaid and CHIP Coverage
This InsureKidsNow webinar will feature an analysis of recent data to raise awareness about the increase in uninsurance rates for Latino children, outreach strategies to effectively target this population, and a new resource available on InsureKidsNow.gov for organizations working with immigrant families. Recording.

Monday, October 4, 2021
Data-Driven Insights on Medicaid Dental Care Programs: New Research from the Health Policy Institute (HPI)
This webinar launches new HPI research related to dental care in state Medicaid programs. First, HPI releases 50-state analysis of Medicaid reimbursement rates for dental care services, comparing Medicaid reimbursement to private dental insurance rates. This is for both child dental services (all 50 states) and adult dental services (states with adult dental benefits in Medicaid). Next, they will present a revised methodology for measuring dentist participation in Medicaid using national claims data and incorporating an analysis of number of Medicaid patients served. Finally, they will present a new journal article that compares dental care use patterns among Medicaid-insured and privately insured children and adults. HPI's research underscores how different the Medicaid landscape is for children compared to adults and how much work needs to be done to improve adult dental coverage in Medicaid. Recording.

Wednesday, September 29, 2021
UDS Dental Data Trends - The COVID-19 Impact
2020 UDS Data is now available and reflects the changes and impacts due to the COVID-19 pandemic. All aspects of health centers were affected, but the UDS data reveals that dental programs have been disproportionally impacted in 2020. This webinar will discuss the 2020 UDS Dental Data and the impacts of COVID-19 on health center dental operations and frame the challenges and opportunities going forward. Recording.

Tuesday, September 28, 2021
Fluoride's Role in Post Pandemic Dentistry: Mechanism and Efficacy Webinar
This lecture by Norman Tinanoff will help clinicians sort through the best-targeted therapies for individualized patient care to reduce caries risk. Many practices report a rise in caries during the extended COVID-19 pandemic. Explore the latest guidance from oral health experts to help practitioners plan an effective prevention program to combat the increase in patients suffering from caries.

Wednesday, August 11, 2021
Providing Minimally Invasive Care with Silver Diamine Fluoride
Silver diamine fluoride (SDF) has been widely recognized as an effective noninvasive tool used for the prevention and management of dental caries. And it has proven to be an invaluable tool during the COVID-19 pandemic. This webinar will explore the science behind silver diamine fluoride, best practices for use today and in the future, and the challenges of incorporating it into practice. Participants will also hear about one practice group’s experience with SDF and gain the knowledge to apply those lessons in their own settings. Recording.

Wednesday, August 4, 2021
Head Start Forward: Health and Safety Considerations
The Head Start Forward campaign supports grantees in reaching more children and families and moving toward fully in-person comprehensive services, as local health conditions allow. This webinar included risk reduction strategies, updates on toothbrushing, family style meals, masks, and screening, and highlights of resources available. FAQs; recording.

Tuesday, July 27, 2021
Integration of Care to Improve Health Outcomes
Integrating oral health, primary care, and behavioral health is a strategy to increase access to care and improve overall health outcomes. This webinar will feature Jordan Valley Community Health Center and their strategies to integrate medical and dental care and how they’ve integrated behavioral health into other departments. Recording.

Friday, July 23, 2021
Improving Adolescent Vaccine Coverage – Strategies and Partnerships for Success!
Vaccines are critical to ensure a healthy return to school for adolescents. Learn from experts on how best to reach adolescents to ensure uptake. Learn how to utilize data to describe adverse impact of COVID-19 pandemic on and current status of adolescent well care visits and vaccine coverage rates. Identify resources to support adolescent well visits and immunization improvement efforts. Hear about the evidence-based strategies, promising practices and critical partnerships necessary to assure successful efforts to improve adolescent well care visits and vaccine coverage rates.

Thursday, July 8, 2021
Consumer Perspectives on Oral Health Access, Outcomes, and Quality of Care
How did consumers feel about access and quality of oral health care during the COVID-19 pandemic? This webinar from the CareQuest Institute for Oral Health explores that question and several others around oral health access, outcomes, and quality of care in the United States. A panel of experts will share insights from a timely national survey of more than 5,000 consumers, discuss the related disparities in dental insurance coverage and access to care, and explore findings on the effects of the social determinants of health. There will be discussion about the implications of these survey findings on the oral health system and how they will guide future research and policy change. Recording.

Tuesday, June 15, 2021
Learning from the Convergence of Medical and Dental Insurance: Who’s Driving the Change?
The session reviews the lessons learned from executives from full service health plans and stand-alone dental plans regarding the challenges of integrating medical and dental plans. Presented by the Santa Fe Group, this is the fourth in a series of webinars. Recording.

Wednesday, June 9, 2021
State of Oral Health Equity in America: COVID-19, Vaccines, and Teledentistry
An expert panel will share respondent attitudes, experiences, and behaviors related to oral health care during the pandemic. The panel will cover a range of topics, including access to care, oral health problems caused by delays in care, changes to insurance coverage, the rise of teledentistry, and willingness to receive vaccines from oral health providers. Recording.

Tuesday, June 8, 2021
Medical and Dental Integration in the Time of COVID
Harvard School of Dental Medicine Initiative to Integrate Oral Health and Medicine and the Harvard Health Innovation Network host this webinar featuring an expert panel of industry leaders as well as medical and dental faculty. The speakers will discuss how medical care, dental care and business models have shifted during the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tuesday, May 18, 2021
Learning from Health System Initiatives: What Can Be Done to Scale Up Integration?
This session will explore lessons learned from three initiatives in community and primary care ​health system practice settings. Why were these integration efforts created? What factors supported their evolution and expansion? Which factors limited their progress? Clinician, health care administration and health policy leaders will describe their experiences and discuss strategies for the future. Presented by the Santa Fe Group, this is the third in a series of webinars. Recording

Thursday, May 13, 2021
Challenges in Implementing School-Based Oral Health Programs: Short- and Long-Term Impact of COVID-19 
CareQuest Institute for Oral Health, along with the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors, and the National Association of School Nurses, have designed a new webinar based on a study to assess the continued impact of COVID-19 on school-based oral health programs. This webinar will explore the findings from the survey and recommend how to provide support for school nurses and oral health programming in the upcoming school year. Recording.

Wednesday, May 12, 2021
The Value Add of VBC for Dental Benefits: How Data Measurement and Interoperability Support the Quadruple Aim and Consumer Demands
This CareQuest Institute for Oral Health webinar will provide an overview about the 21st Century CURES Act and emerging compliance mandates and discuss how data sharing, measurement, patient engagement and care coordination create value and, over time, lead to better health outcomes and reduce costs.

Thursday, May 6, 2021
Interprofessional Education: The Devil is in the Details
The Center for Integration of Primary Care and Oral Health (CIPCOH) has studied the facilitators and barriers to the bilateral integration of primary care and oral health in health professions education. In the third webinar of a four-part CIPCOH series, this will explore challenges faced and overcome in interprofessional education in the context of CIPCOH’s research findings. Recording.

Tuesday, May 4, 2021
Impact of COVID-19 on Dental Hygienists: Ongoing Research Update
Hear the latest research on U.S. dental hygienists COVID-19 infection rates, infection control practices, employment rates and vaccination statistics from the American Dental Hygienists’ Association and the American Dental Association research team. Recording.

Thursday, April 29, 2021
Oral Health, Primary Care, and the COVID-19 Pandemic
The CareQuest Institute for Oral Health and their colleagues present this panel discussion on how primary care and dental care delivery in the U.S. have changed over time. The speakers will explore the differences and similarities within their field, share their experiences in adapting to a changing health care landscape, and discuss how the pandemic response will inform the future of oral health and primary care. The content discussed in this webinar will also be featured in an upcoming online report from the Center for Primary Care at Harvard Medical School. Recording.

Thursday, April 29, 2021
Dental Providers Administering the COVID-19 Vaccine: Strategies from Early Adopter Health Centers
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, many states have created emergency orders to allow dentists and dental hygienists to administer vaccinations. This webinar from the National Network for Oral Health Access (NNOHA) will feature three health centers that are utilizing dental providers to administer vaccines. The health centers will describe their vaccination program models including training, staffing, operations and compliance.

Tuesday, April 27, 2021
Oral Health and Behavioral Health: Framework for Coordination and Integration and Success Stories
The National Dental Association presents this webinar about opportunities to break down silos and increase health equity by advancing more integrated oral and behavioral health care. Participants will hear from two providers about their on-the-ground efforts to integrate oral and behavioral health and recent patient success stories. Recording.

Tuesday, April 20, 2021
Learning from Clinicians and their Patients: Why Oral Health Collaboration is Essential to Overall Health Outcomes
This session will consider the relevance of oral health to the collaborative management of selected medical conditions. Drawing on their experiences, medical and dental clinical leaders will explore what patient-centered care could look like if professionals collaborated across disciplines and levels of practice to integrate oral health with overall health, and how such approaches could improve outcomes for individuals, families, and communities. Presented by the Santa Fe Group, this is the second in a series of webinars. Recording.

Thursday, April 15, 2021
#4 in series: Exploring the Wicked Problem of the Oral Health Care System
The DentaQuest Partnership presents highlights from a special edition of the Journal of Public Health Dentistry with a focus on value-based care. This installment explorse efforts being made to reach a future state of oral health care that is equitable and value based with a focus on measurement. Recording.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Patient-Centered Strategies for Teledentistry: The Potential Business Case
Dental practices across the country are using quality improvement methods to develop synchronous teledentistry service lines to better meet their patients’ needs. Learn how three organizations used teledentistry to provide preventive dental services, support patient self-management, reduce no-show rates, and developed a business case that will provide excellent patient care now and into the future. Recording.

Wednesday, March 31, 2021
Innovations in Integrating Oral Health into Primary Care
The Primary Care Collaborative is hosting this panel discussion to present key findings of ther new report, Innovations in Oral Health and Primary Care Integration: Alignment with Shared Principles of Primary Care; and discuss innovative models already enabling patients to thrive and guidance for clinicians, health plans and policymakers to enhance oral health integration and primary care. Recording.

Wednesday, March 24, 2021
Learning from Science: How Oral-Systemic Collaborations Can Advance Research, Policy, and Health Outcomes
This conversation between senior dental and medical scientific thought leaders will focus on what we know, what we need to know, where science and policy interface, and why that intersection is important. The panelists will also comment on the importance of integration across all levels of research, the need for research to drive policy, how research informs practice and practice informs research, and other critical applications. Presented by the Santa Fe Group, this is the first in a series of webinars. Recording.

Thursday, March 25, 2021
#3 in series: Exploring the Wicked Problem of the Oral Health Care System
The DentaQuest Partnership presents highlights from a special edition of the Journal of Public Health Dentistry with a focus on value-based care. Recording.

Wednesday, March 17, 2021
Oh, Baby! COVID-19 Vaccine Facts on Pregnancy and Fertility
The American Dental Association is presenting this webinar that will review the science of COVID-19 vaccines, and vaccines in general, as they relate to fertility, pregnancy, breastfeeding and more. Recording.

Wednesday, March 3, 2021
Let's Talk Shots! Effective Patient Conversations and the COVID-19 Vaccine
The COVID-19 pandemic has provided increased opportunities for dentists to talk about prevention. As the COVID vaccines become more readily available, dentists can play a key role in effective vaccine messaging to patients and staff. This webinar presents effective messaging regarding up-to-date scientific information in a culturally-competent manner to allay patient fears using caringly consistent language. Recording.

Thursday, February 25, 2021
Social Determinants of Oral Health in Practice and Education
The DentaQuest Partnership for Oral Health Advancement and the American Public Health Association Oral Health Section presented this webinar on special topics such as human papilloma vaccination in teens, population health management and more related to social determinants of oral health.

Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Trends in Oral Health Status from a National Data Source: Children Improving, Adults Lagging Behind
Part of the CDC dental public health residency lecture series , this webinar featured Mei Lin, CDC Division of Oral Health, Objectives include understanding the history of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey and its importance to oral health data collection; and reviewing CDC’s 2019 surveillance report using NHANES data, the importance of selected findings, and public health implications. Recording.

Monday, February 22, 2021
Promoting Children's Oral Health During COVID-19 and Beyond
Join dental hygienist liaisons Heather Blair and Gina Sharps as they present highlight strategies and resources that Head Start program staff can use to support families to promote good oral health and eating practices and prevent tooth decay and help families ensure their child visits the dentist for preventive care and treatment. Recording.

Wednesday, February 17, 2021
Health Integration, Innovation and Racial Justice: A Call to Action
Join a robust discussion with a keynote and moderated panel on health equity, racial justice and oral-systemic integration, featuring a conversation with James Hildreth and Anthony Fauci on COVID-19 vaccine accessibility. The events of 2020, including the global pandemic and increased awareness of racial justice and health disparities, have encouraged a greater focus on systemic, structural, and cultural challenges to achieving overall health equity. Meharry Medical College is conducting a series of convenings to build on this momentum. The convenings are focused on integrating oral and overall health to chart a path towards health equity and whole-person, community-informed care. Recording.

Thursday, February 11, 2021
Exploring the Wicked Problem of the Oral Health Care System: Patient and Consumer Perspectives on Value-Based Care
The DentaQuest Partnership will present a second webinar in a series that highlights content from a special edition of the Journal of Public Health Dentistry with a focus on value-based care. Learn about patient and consumer perspectives as we work towards transforming the oral health system into one that is equitable and value-based. Recording.

Wednesday, February 3, 2021
Oral Health During COVID-19
Presented by the Center for Primary Care at Harvard University, this series covers relevant topics in today's primary care landscape and this first session focuses on oral health. Recording.

Thursday, January 28, 2021
Looking Ahead to 2021: How COVID-19 Continues to Impact the Dental Care Sector
Join the ADA Health Policy Institute team for a webinar with the latest data from their COVID-19 Economic Impact poll and discuss the year ahead. A new year, a new administration in Washington, a new government relief package, and an accelerated COVID-19 vaccine rollout are upon us. Recording.

Wednesday, January 27, 2021
Vaccinations by Dentists: A New Role in Primary Care
This American Dental Association webinar to help dentists learn about the vaccines most likely to be initiated first in dental practice, potential barriers, vaccinations amid the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, and current and future opportunities for dentists in the overall healthcare system.

Tuesday, January 19, 2021
2021 DentaQuest Partnership Grantmaking Launch
The DentaQuest Partnership for Oral Health Advancement will present a webinar that will explore the grantmaking strategy for 2021, while also taking a look at the grants work from 2020. Participants will learn how to pursue a grant application and more. Recording.

Thursday, January 14, 2021
Exploring the Wicked Problem of the Oral Health Care System
Improving the oral health care system is a wicked problem. The DentaQuest Partnership for Oral Health Advancement will present a series of webinars to detail what makes the current system a wicked problem and explore efforts being made to reach a future state of oral health care that is equitable and value-based. Content and panelists spotlighted during this webinar series are featured within a recent special issue of the Journal of Public Health Dentistry focusing on value-based oral health care. Recording.

Friday, January 8, 2021
COVID-19 Airborne Precautions and Ventilation
The final webinar in a 4-part course supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Division of Oral Health will provide an overview of the measures clinical facilities should consider to mitigate the transmission risk of diseases that may be carried in the aerosols created by dental devices. The presenters will discuss air flow, ventilation, and available strategies for improving or enhancing clinical air quality. For more information or to view the earlier webinar from the series, please visit the COVID-19 Webinar Series.

Friday, December 18, 2020
Supporting Community Engaged Oral Health Systems
California Northstate University and Children Now present a year-end virtual symposium on supporting community-engaged oral health systems. The purpose of this meeting is to disseminate lessons that have been learned from a decade of work with virtual dental home systems and dental care coordination activities within the California Dental Transformation Initiative Local Dental Pilot Projects and other programs. In addition, advocacy opportunities in these areas for 2021 will be discussed. Though this meeting will focus on efforts in California, programs from other states may find the information presented useful. 

Thursday, December 17, 2020
Reshaping Dentistry: Provider Survey Demonstrates the Need for Innovation
The DentaQuest Partnership will present a webinar that explores findings from several recent provider surveys. Topics include teledentistry, alternative payment models and other innovative strategies providers and practices have implemented to improve access and maintain profitability during the COVID-19 pandemic. Recording.

Thursday, December 17, 2020
Primary Care and Oral Health Delivery: What Have We Learned from the COVID-19 Pandemic?
Outpatient clinicians and practices across the country have had to adapt to unprecedented changes throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. As the pandemic continues to rage but with the prospect of vaccination on the horizon, our panelists will explore how have primary care and dental care in the U.S. changed, and what has stayed the same. Join Dean Jane Barrow from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Harvard Medical School’s Dr. Ateev Mehrotra, Dr. Russell Phillips of the Harvard Medical School Center for Primary Care, and Director of the American Dental Association’s Health Policy Institute Dr. Marko Vujicic as they explore the differences and similarities in each field’s adaptation to a changing healthcare landscape, and how the pandemic response will inform the future of oral health and primary care. Sponsored by the HSDM Initiative to Integrate Oral Health and Medicine and the ADA Health Policy InstituteRecording.

Monday, December 14, 2020
Access to Dental Care: How is COVID-19 Increasing Existing Disparities?
Presented by the Center for Integration of Primary Care and Oral Health, speakers include Cheryl Parcham, Tim Ricks, Bob Russell, and Brian SwannRecording.

Thursday, December 10, 2020
School-Based Oral Health Care and COVID-19
The DentaQuest Partnership and the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors will present a webinar that explores how COVID-19 has significantly impacted school-based health care programs and the ability to provide access to children who have the greatest need for these services.  Participants will receive 1 continuing education credit. Recording.

Monday, December 7, 2020
NNOHA UDS Sealant Webinar
This annual webinar from NNOHA will highlight the most successful strategies to increase the percentage of children receiving sealants and increase the HRSA UDS sealants measure percentage. The webinar will review content from the NNOHA Annual Conference workshops. Results and trends from the last five years of data for the measure will be shared. Recent changes to the measure denominator specifications will be reviewed. Work-arounds to address data collection and reporting will be briefly described for those health centers that are not yet using an EDR vendor-developed solution to collect the data elements of the measure (age, a patient of record, risk status, exclusions, and sealants placed). Recording.

Monday, December 7, 2020
Oral Health Policy & Advocacy: A Health Equity Case Study 
This webinar sponsored by The Uprising for Black Lives will feature a panel of experienced oral health advocates and community organizers who are working to dismantle systemic racism and discrimination in oral health in a way that centers – and is responsive to – the needs of the community, using dental therapy as a case study.  Oral health starts – long before dental problems or other related health issues arise – where people live, work and play and with the policies that shape access to care. Structural racism has created deep inequities in access to care and oral health outcomes that directly affect Black, American Indian and Alaska Native, and Latinx populations. The Movement for Black Lives calls us to work for a health care system that meets the full health needs of Black communities. Given the existence of deep oral health inequities, investing in community-based solutions and a community-driven workforce is essential. 

Friday, December 4, 2020
Public Health Approaches to Children’s Oral Health During COVID-19
The National Conference of State Legislatures has a "Hot Topics" public health webinar series. This December 4 webinar will cover research, state policies and national initiatives around public health approaches to maintaining access to children’s oral health services. Between March and May of this year, children in Medicaid received over 7 million fewer dental services compared to the same period last year. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced sporadic closures to dental offices and limited community-based options for delivering children’s oral health services. Still, state public health strategies that address children’s oral health in settings such as schools, community health centers and mobile clinics provide options for policymakers to close gaps in care during the pandemic, particularly for vulnerable populations. Speakers include Paul Glassman, Sam Zwetchkenbaum (RI state dental director), and Rhonda Stokley (TX state dental director). Recording.

Thursday, Dec 3, 2020
Stakeholder Webinar on HHS Maternal Health Initiative
The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will host a webinar with the Surgeon General, senior HHS leaders, and partners to discuss the HHS Maternal Health Initiative. The event will highlight the release of the HHS Action Plan to Improve Maternal Health,The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Improve Maternal Health, and the announcement of a Public-Private Partnership to address disparities in maternal health outcomes. Recording.

Thursday, Dec 3, 2020
A Special Oral Health Seminar Series Featuring the U.S. Surgeon General
The Office of Global and Community Health at Harvard School of Dental Medicine will be hosting a special presentation featuring the U.S. Surgeon General, Vice Admiral Jerome Adams, who will discuss the importance of oral health and social determinants. Recording.

Wednesday, November 18, 2020
Use of a Readiness Assessment to Explore Oral Health Quality Indicators

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