Coalition Highlight: Columbia Gorge OHC
Under the leadership of David Crawford (Kidz Dental Zone) and Dr. Elizabeth Aughney (One Community Health), the Columbia Gorge Oral Health Coalition is continuously working to provide dental services to all residents, regardless of age, insurance coverage or immigration status.
CGOHC is one of the only regions that consistently meets the state’s sealant/foster child exam metrics, and they are working to ensure they continue their success with those metrics.
Last month, CGOHC met with people from the Arcora Foundation (formerly Washington Dental Service Foundation), a “nonprofit dedicated to partnering with communities and boldly transforming systems to improve oral health.” Founded and funded by Delta Dental of Washington, the Arcora Foundation is looking to bring The Mighty Mouth, their current outreach and messaging campaign, to Oregon. They are in conversation in CGOHC, investigating if the coalition and the foundation should partner in Oregon State’s first Mighty Mouth efforts.
AND...coming soon the The Dalles...the Monsters in the Park After Dark event, a safe Halloween event sponsored by A Kidz Dental Zone and Northern Wasco County Parks and Rec, where kids will perform a "floss dance," and have a good, safe time while celebrating Halloween!
NEW!! Oral Health Toolkit for School-Based Health Centers!
CLICK HERE to visit the toolkit, which exists to provide SBHCs with various kinds of resources aimed at: connecting clients with existing oral health services in their area, integrating oral health services into their SBHCs and schools as well as different types of publications around childhood/young adulthood oral health and oral health services in school settings.