OrOHC Spring Summit to Focus on Big Data for Big Decisions - May 1, 2105

Dr. Rob Compton, president of the DentaQuest Institute, will be the keynote speaker who will challenge attendees to identify meaningful data, test it, and use it to improve outcomes. With Oregon's health care delivery system focused on integrated care and better outcomes, we must look for innovative changes in not only data collection but also in the determining which measurements will help us make future decisions. The single state metric of oral health at this time is dental sealants. With the baseline data from 2014, the expectation is that more children should receive sealants annually in an effort to decrease dental caries over the coming years. How do CCOs and DCOs collaborate and integrate to meet this metric, and should there be additional metrics to assure even greater improvements in oral health for all Oregonians? This will be just one question on the table during the day long meeting.

 Other speakers and panel members include:

  • Dr. Bruce Austin, State Dental Director, OHA
  • Dr. Ron Stock, Transformation Center, OHA
  • Joell Archibald, Innovator Agent, OHA
  • Sarah Bartelmann, Policy Analyst, OHA
  • Mike Plunkett, Senior Director, Dental Care Services, Kaiser Permanente

Click Here  to register for the OrOHC Summit. Seating is limited, so registration will closed when space capacity is reached. Lunch is provided.

We look forward to seeing you there!

First Tooth Train the Trainer Seminar Recap

On January 28, 2015 ten Expanded Practice Dental Hygienists from around the state participated in the first group First Tooth Train the Trainer Seminar at our Wilsonville headquarters.

OrOHC has long been recognized for work focused on early childhood caries prevention through its First Tooth Program.  With grant support from the Oregon Community Foundation, OrOHC recently initiated a major push to shift the First Tooth training to a Train the Trainer model.  This move is driven largely by two factors, 1.) the mandated integration of oral health into the CCO systems, and 2.) the DMAP ruling that establishes First Tooth training in the medical setting as an approved training to become eligible to receive OHP reimbursement for oral health assessments and fluoride varnish applications for children under the age of 19.


Though First Tooth previously had a Train the Trainer model developed earlier through a grant from the Ford Family Foundation, those trainings were done on an individual basis and required hygienists to travel and participate in three actual clinical trainings.  The new approach brings an economy of scale to the program and provides for not only cost savings but an interactive learning environment.  Participating hygienists receive their final First Tooth Trainer Certification after they have successfully fulfilled the requirements by conducting a real life clinical training.


OrOHC is appreciative of the support of DCO, CCO, and educational partners.  The recent training was attended by seven hygienists from Advantage Dental, two hygienists from Capitol Dental Care, and one dental hygienist instructor from Lane Community College.  Participants pictured are:  Ashley Danielson, Brenna Southwick, Chalene Lincecum, Denise Seus, Shaunna Jennings, Melinda Bentley, Tiffany Foy, Linda James, Kristin Hockema, and Jill Jones.  Karen Hall, OrOHC's First Tooth Trainer, conducted the training seminar and was assisted by certified First Tooth Trainers Zora Lam of Capitol Dental Care, Kathleen Klemann of FamilyCare, Inc., and Laura McKeane of AllCare CCO. Pictures by Charles White, OCDC.


Oregon Chooses New Dental Director

Dr. Bruce Austin has been selected by the Oregon Health Authority as Oregon's new Dental Director.  The new position will report to Dr. Jeanne Smith, the State's Chief Medical Officer.

The hiring of the State Dental Director has long been a point of advocacy by many organizations which are passionate about raising the bar of oral health in Oregon.  It was included as a key strategy in the Strategic Plan for Oral Health in Oregon to help strengthen the infrastructure for healthcare delivery in the state.  The position is recognized as an important role in advancing policy that can help reduce the burden of oral health disease and encourage prevention and access to care.

"I truly have a deep passion for public health dentistry, and I will wholeheartedly carry this passion, caring, and concern for every individual into my new role," says Austin.  "I can assure you I will work as hard as I can to funnel my energy, passion, and excitement into measurable relationships and improvements."

Austin has been active with and served as chair of the Linn, Benton, Lincoln Regional Oral Health Coalition.  He most recently served as the Dental Director for Community Dentistry with Capitol Dental Care.  OrOHC welcomes Dr. Austin to his new role and anticipates many opportunities for collaboration with his office.


First Tooth

Are you interested in reducing EARLY childhood caries among your 0-5 year-old patients?

  • Then First Tooth is for you!

  • 90 minute No-Cost CME/CE training for you and your entire staff.

  • Provided in your office, on your schedule.

  • First Tooth patient services are reimbursable for Oregon Health Plan patients.

Click Here To Learn More About First Tooth!


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