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13th Annual Oregon Oral Health Coalition Conference

The Oregon Oral Health Coalition’s (OrOHC) 13th Annual Fall Conference, Conversations for Change: Catalysts in Innovation and Integration, was held at the Hilton DoubleTree Hotel (Lloyd Center) in Portland, Oregon, on Thursday & Friday, November 1-2, 2018. It included 3 conference tracks, 29 speakers, 24 sessions, two panel discussions, one live podcast, and a robust evening reception.

The conference featured an impressive list of presenters. Click HERE to review the Program, Conference Schedule, and detailed information on Presenters and Sessions.

2018 OrOHC Conference PowerPoint Presentations:

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PowerPoint Presentations are Not Available for the Following Presentations:
- Everyone Leads: Building Partnership from the Community Up - Paul Schmitz (Purchase Book Here)
Body on Fire: Understanding Inflammation’s Role in Oral / Systemic Connections - Kelli Swanson Jaecks, RDH, MA (Visit Website)
Advocating for Improved Oral Health in the Hospital Setting - Sandra DeVita, RDH, RN, BSN
- Aging and Chronic Disease and How it Affects the Health of Older Adults (Older Adult Initiatives Panel) - Richie Kohli, BDS, MS (DPH)
- Oral Health and Marijuana: What We Know from the Evidence - Barry Taylor, DMD, FAGD, FACD, CDE
- How to Use Interpreters in the Dental Appointment/Services Setting - Amanda Wheeler-Kay
- Grassroots Organizing and Including Authentic Community Voice - Tera Bianchi, MSW
- A Modern Approach to Tongue Tie, Lip Tie and Breastfeeding Medicine - - Bobak Amir Ghaheri, MD Workforce Pathways to Access: An Exploration of Models (PANEL): Jane Grover, DDS, MPH; Lyle McClellan, DDS; Mary Williard, DDS

PowerPoint Presentations Were Not Used in the Following Presentations:
Teeth: The Story of Beauty, Inequality, and the Struggle for Oral Health in America - Mary Otto (Purchase Book Here) | Conversation: Oral Health as a Social Justice Issue (PANEL) | Conversations on the Community Voice in Local Oral Health Coalitions - Tera Bianchi, MSW & Karen Shimada, MPH

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Call it an idea. Call it an initiative. Call it the new way to be...

At OrOHC's 2018 conference, we introduced MENTION THE MOUTH.

It’s simple. Oral health is the key to whole body health throughout the lifespan. “Mention the Mouth” will amplify the voice of the oral health transformation movement. Because a healthy mouth is the gateway to living a full life, building a strong community and creating an equitable world.

Together we promised to always mention the mouth - in board meetings, in advocacy meetings, at doctor's appointments, at grass roots events... because the first step toward oral health integration is to make sure oral health is a part of the conversation.

Do you vow to always Mention the Mouth? #MentiontheMouth #OregonOHC

Reception and Awards

OrOHC's Thursday evening reception hosted a book signing featuring Mary Otto, author of Teeth: The Story of Beauty, Inequality, and the Struggle for Oral Health in America , as well as local oral health coalition highlights and an award ceremony to honor our illustrious oral health champions!

OrOHC Service Award:
Gary Allen, DMD, MS, OrOHC Board Chair

Integration Champion:
AllCare Health CCO
Cynthia Ackerman, RN, CHC
Gita Yitta, DMD; Laura McKeane, EFDA.

Community Partner of the Year
Oregon Child Development Coalition
Donalda Dodson, MPH, RN, OCDC Executive Director


Oral Health Visionary:
Christopher Zhong-Yao
Joining us remotely, Christopher was Oregon’s first-place winner and one of only five national finalists in Google’sDoodle 4 Google competition for K-12 students. The competition’s theme was “What Inspires Me?” Christopher was inspired by his excitement to lose his baby teeth and have his adult teeth grow in their place. For his extraordinary creativity, we proudly named Christopher as the first recipient of OrOHC’s “Oral Health Visionary” award.

Also at the reception, our special guest, Senator Elizabeth Steiner Hayward , joined us to share her unique perspective as a legislator, physician and oral health champion.

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Thanks to the support of our distinguished partners, we were able to welcome a large number of diverse attendees from across the state and professional sectors, and provide limited scholarships to students and community health workers. Their partnership also made it possible for dental and medical professionals, health policymakers, and advocates to come together to share cutting-edge ideas and tools for health care transformation.

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OrOHC’s strategic goals will reflect the investment they have made in our organization to move the oral health agenda forward; 2019 is a pivotal year and our alliance with them is going to have an impact on the work we’re doing to advance oral health integration, advocate for closing the health equity gap, and provide innovative leadership to community initiatives and local coalitions across the state.
Native Dental Therapy Initiative - Diamond Partner
The Oregon Community Foundation - Diamond Partner
Oregon Child Development Coalition - Diamond Partner
AllCare Health - Diamond Partner
PacificSource Health Plans - Gold Partner
Oral Health Funders Collaborative - Gold Partner
Advantage Dental - Gold Partner
Willamette Dental Group - Gold Partner
Kaiser Permanente Northwest - Gold Partner
Elevate Oral Care - Silver Partner
Health Share of Oregon - Silver Partner
Jackson Care Connect - Silver Partner
CareOregon - Silver Partner
Columbia Pacific CCO - Silver Partner
Yamhill CCO - Silver Partner
Trillium Community Health Plan - Silver Partner
Providence Health & Services - Bronze Partner
Oregon Dental Association - Bronze Partner
OHSU School of Dentistry - Bronze Partner
OHSU School of Medicine - Bronze Partner
Samaritan Health Systems - Bronze Partner
Capitol Dental - Bronze Partner
Eastern Oregon Coordinated Care Organization - Bronze Partner
ODS - Bronze Partner
Central Oregon Health Council - Copper Partner
Family Dental Care, Inc. - Copper Partner

And THANK YOU to Our Engaging Exhibitors

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Volunteer Staff - The Backbone of the Event

This robust and enriching event could not have happened without our dedicated volunteers.

THANK YOU: Brian Freeman | Michelle Lindsey | Dana Berry | Marilyn McCormick | Jamie Adney | Kyle Thayer | Katie Johncock | Yemaly Alexander | Hemlata Bhatt | Hannah Smith| Heather Howell

THANKS also to Ben Blair Photography, Brandan Kearney Graphic Design, Photoraphic Services, and the Portland DoubleTree Hotel for their special considerations.

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