These free events kick off National Children's Dental Health Month in February!
Families can take their children for free dental screenings and preventive care ~ to get familiar with their local dental clinic and staff, while enjoying fun games and gifts for the kids and families!
Flyers for the event are available for download in English, Spanish, and Chinese.
Share this information widely with your patients, clients and community members.
Wishing all of our DTI staff and partners a wonderful new year. Many thanks to all for your dedication to improving the oral health of children in San Francisco. We look forward to more incredible work in partnership with all of you in the new year!
SF DTI LDPP team
The enrollment for Dental Access Collaborative for 2019 is now open. Deadline for registration is January 9, 2019. Enroll here.
The Collaborative will teach dental clinics how to administer efficient clinic systems and provide quality preventive services to Denti-Cal beneficiaries in a sustainable manner. It will provide dental clinics with opportunities to learn and practice the skills they need to integrate continuous quality improvement into their ongoing and daily work.
Participating dental clinics are expected to:
Participating dental clinics will receive:
Every year, in partnership with the San Francisco Unified School District and the San Francisco Dental Society, the San Francisco Department of Public Health Dental Programs conduct oral health screenings for San Francisco kindergarteners.
Last year (2017-2018) a total of 3,956 kindergarteners from 73 schools were screened. In San Francisco, 32% of all kindergarteners screened have experienced cavities by kindergarten. Significant oral health disparities still continue to exist between kindergarteners of color and white kindergarteners.
Disparities also exist geographically across the city. Low income neighborhoods in the city have higher rates of cavities experience.
2018 National Network for Oral Health Access (NNOHA) Annual Conference
Sunday, November 11, 2018 –Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Sheraton New Orleans Hotel
500 Canal Street, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
A 4-day conference held by the National Network for Oral Health Access focused on professional development with clinical, practice management and hands-on learning sessions.
Click here for more information and to register.
Howard County Unsweetened, a coalition in Howard County Maryland promoting healthier beverage choices, created a series of 30 second ads for Halloween. Learn more at DrinksInDisguise.org
The Fall issue of the SF DTI Newsletter is now available. This issue includes the latest kindergarten oral health screening data, links to the new Medi-Cal dental programs (Denti-Cal) website, and more.
Read the latest issue here.
Medi-Cal Dental Programs (Denti-Cal) announced their new Smile, California website, http://smilecalifornia.org/.
The new website is available in English and Spanish and has many resources on dental coverage and oral health for Medi-Cal members. Useful resources include a Covered Services page with a breakdown of Medi-Cal covered dental services by age groups, tips on dental visits and oral health care, as well as a section for Partners and Providers with oral health education and outreach resources including videos, presentation slide decks and webinars.
Thursday, November 1, 2018
25 Van Ness Avenue, Room 610, San Francisco, CA 94102
2 hours of Continuing Education credits are available for RNs, LVNs; 2 hours of Dental Education credits available; and 2 hours of CME’s from American Academy of Family Physicians available. Please indicate in registration your interest in continuing education credits.
Find out more & Register here
Medi-Cal Dental Programs is launching a statewide awareness and utilization campaign, titled "Smile, California". Learn more at a live webinar on September 26, 2018, at 1pm. See details below!
SAVE THE DATE!
Please join us on Wednesday, September 26 at 1p.m. as we present a live webinar about the Smile, California campaign, the new statewide awareness and utilization campaign aimed at helping Medi-Cal members make the most of their dental benefit.
The campaign, which will launch next month, aims to send one simple reassuring message to the more than 13 million Californians covered by Medi-Cal: Smile, California, Medi-Cal Has Dental Covered.
The one-hour webinar will provide a step-by-step demonstration of SmileCalifornia.org and details on how to participate in the upcoming campaign launch. It is our hope you will embrace this campaign and brand as part of your service to Medi-Cal members.
Dial-in number (US): (855) 212-0212
Access code: 408-412-727#
International dial-in numbers: https://stme.in/i/rse19
Online meeting ID: rse19
Join the online meeting: https://join.startmeeting.com/rse19
The Smile California Team
SFDPH is seeking input from populations most impacted by sugary drinks in order to develop a grant process. SFDPH started by convening focus groups to learn from the community what their needs, capacity and desires related to healthy eating and active living. As a next course of action, SFDPH is hosting 5 town halls in September to:
Many thanks to NICOS Chinese health Coalition, the lead agency of the Chinatown Community Oral Health Taskforce for sharing these interesting articles on oral health disparities and oral health in Asian American communities.
List of Articles
Developed by Children’s Dental Health Project in partnership with the Child Care Health Program at the San Francisco Department of Public Health, this infographic is available in English, Spanish and Chinese to promote that dental care is both safe and important during pregnancy. You can download the PDF versions of the infographic here.
The United States Department of Health and Human Services, the Office of the Surgeon General, the National Institutes of Health, and the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, the U.S. Public Health Service’s Oral Health Coordinating Committee announced the commission of a Surgeon General’s Report presenting prominent issues affecting oral health. Read the announcement here.
Bay Area Nutrition & Physical Activity Collaborative (BANPAC), Kaiser Permanente, and Shape Up San Francisco developed a fact sheet on tap water available in English, Spanish and Chinese. You can download the bilingual fact sheets, links below, to share with your patients and your community.
May 16, Wednesday, is Rethink Your Drink Day, a statewide Day of Action in California to raise awareness about the health effects of sugary drinks and promote the benefits of drinking water.
Reducing sugary drinks consumption and promoting the drinking of tap water are key oral health messages.
The Feeling Good Project is hosting a free event at Heart of the City Farmers' Market on May 16, Wednesday, 10am-1pm. Come join the fun if you are in the neighborhood!
Read the first issue of our SF Dental Transformation Initiative newsletter here. You can also find our e-newsletter archive in the Resource section of this website.
The San Francisco Dental Transformation Initiative Local Dental Pilot Project is proud to be the co-host of the 4th Annual Children’s Oral Health Leadership forum that took place last Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at St Mary’s Cathedral's St Francis Hall.
The event was hosted by CavityFree SF Coalition, SFDPH, and UCSF. Other co-hosts of the event included: SF Health Network, Our Children Our Families Council, and SF Unified School District (SFUSD).
Dr. Edward Chow, President of the San Francisco Health Commission opened the event and Hydra Mendoza-McDonnell, Deputy Chief of Staff for Education and Equity to Mayor Mark Farrell and President of the San Francisco Unified School District Board of Education was keynote speaker at the event.
This forum was an opportunity for SF community leaders to learn about the successes and opportunities for improving dental care for better overall health and a healthier SF. We shared San Francisco children’s oral health status updates, and discussed policy and system changes, and cross sector collaborations impacting children’s oral health locally, state and nation-wide.
Oral health advocates represented by California Department of Public Health, SF DTI LDPP, NICOS Chinese Health Coalition, Our Children Our Families Council, San Francisco Dental Society, San Francisco State University, San Francisco Unified School District, and UCSF spoke on the panels of the event.
The event ended with an appreciation for Cathi Fuller, long-time oral health champion and school nurse at the San Francisco Unified School District School Health Programs.
SF DTI LDPP sincerely thanks all of the community stakeholders and participants for attending the forum and for their continued dedication in improving children’s oral health in San Francisco.
The San Francisco Dental Transformation Initiative is a 4 year-long project funded by the CA Department of Health Care Services
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