Save the Date - OrOHC's Annual Spring Planning Summit

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Oregon Oral Health Coalition Spring Summit

May 1st, 2015

9:00am - 4:00pm

Oregon Child Development Coalition's Conference Center West
9140 SW Pioneer Court, Suite D
Wilsonville, OR 97070

Featured Speakers Include:
Dr. Rob Compton, CEO of DentaQuest Foundation
Dr. Bruce Austin, Oregon State Dental Director
Representatives of the Oregon Health Authority Transformation Center

Lunch will be provided

Watch for upcoming details and registration information!

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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