Join KOHC in Recognizing Child Abuse Prevention Month Throughout April!

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time to remember the important role everyone plays in keeping communities safe for kids to grow and thrive. Oral health professionals play a unique and important role in the prevention, recognition, and reporting of child maltreatment, including neglect. During April, KOHC continues our work with Delta Dental of Kentucky and the Face It Movement to equip oral health professionals with the tools they need to keep kids safe in their offices and [...]

By |2023-03-20T10:43:51-04:00March 20th, 2023|Blog|

Statement from the Kentucky Oral Health Coalition on Final Passage of Senate Bill 65

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 16, 2023 LOUISVILLE, KY – The Kentucky Oral Health Coalition is dedicated to ensuring meaningful access to oral health care for all Kentuckians. The decision to expand adult Medicaid dental benefits gave the Commonwealth an opportunity to improve oral health outcomes for our most vulnerable Kentuckians – including those with substance use disorders and pregnant women. While it was a worthy debate about the process to expand services, the reality now [...]

By |2023-03-16T16:35:35-04:00March 16th, 2023|Blog|

Celebrating Nutrition Month

Kentucky Oral Health Coalition is celebrating Nutrition Month during March to promote healthy eating habits and raise awareness about the importance of proper nutrition. Nutrition plays a crucial role in maintaining overall health, including oral health. Poor nutrition can lead to a variety of oral health problems, including tooth decay, gum disease, and bad breath. In addition to the foods they eat, what children drink can also have a significant impact on their teeth. The drink [...]

By |2023-03-14T07:48:51-04:00March 14th, 2023|Blog|

OP-ED: Expanding Medicaid dental coverage means a healthier, more productive Kentucky

This post originally appeared as an op-ed in the Courier Journal on March 8th, 2023. On January 1, 2023, a new provision went into effect in Kentucky ensuring Medicaid adult beneficiaries in the state have comprehensive dental coverage. Advocates in Kentucky have long fought for this coverage because it helps narrow the health care equity gap for more than 900,000 underserved Kentuckians. This is a significant victory for many low-income adults and people with disabilities [...]

By |2023-03-08T11:27:43-05:00March 8th, 2023|Blog|

Take Action to Ensure KYians Don’t Lose Access to Dental Coverage

  The Kentucky Oral Health Coalition is dedicated to ensuring meaningful access to oral health care for all Kentuckians. While we recognize the process allowing for this expansion may warrant a worthy debate, we believe the decision to expand adult Medicaid dental benefits will improve oral health outcomes for our most vulnerable Kentuckians – including those with substance use disorders and pregnant women. We know that expanding the available benefits alone is not enough to [...]

By |2023-03-03T13:39:05-05:00March 3rd, 2023|Blog|

Providing Care for Children with Special Healthcare Needs

As we continue to celebrate National Children’s Dental Health Month, KOHC is recognizing the unique needs of children diagnosed with a Special Health Care Need (SHCN). SHCN is defined as any physical, developmental, mental, sensory, behavioral, cognitive, or emotional impairment or limiting condition that requires medical management, health care intervention, and/or use of specialized services or programs. Nearly one in five U.S. children have a SHCN. Special health care needs can range in severity and [...]

By |2023-02-14T11:14:27-05:00February 14th, 2023|Blog|

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month!

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month. Children’s dental health was first officially recognized in Cleveland, Ohio in 1941 for one day - February 3rd - the observation grew to a week in 1955. Since then, National Children’s Dental Health Month has brought together thousands of dedicated professionals, healthcare providers, and educators to promote the benefits of good oral health to children, their caregivers, teachers and many others. In 2022, the Kentucky legislature recognized the [...]

By |2023-01-25T14:38:17-05:00January 25th, 2023|Blog|

2023 KOHC Priorities and Children Advocacy Week

As we ring in the new year, KOHC is excited to begin our work advocating for policies that support optimal oral health for all. At the December Annual Meeting, Coalition members voted on the policy agenda for the 2023 Kentucky General Assembly, prioritizing the following efforts:   Protect community water fluoridation programs by ensuring understanding of the importance of these programs as a preventive dental and public health measure   Reduce youth vaping and tobacco use by establishing [...]

By |2023-01-09T10:19:58-05:00January 4th, 2023|Blog|

KOHC December Annual Meeting Recap

On December 2, 2022 KOHC members and oral health stakeholders from around the state came together for the Kentucky Oral Health Coalition Annual Meeting. We kicked off the meeting by hearing from the meeting Signature Sponsor, Aetna Better Health of Kentucky.   Participants heard a presentation from JoAnn Gurenlian, RDH, MS, PhD, AFAAOM, on the dental workforce shortage. JoAnn covered topics including the number of providers in the workforce before, during, and after the height of [...]

By |2022-12-07T13:38:10-05:00December 7th, 2022|Blog|

KOHC Comments on Proposed Regulation 201 KAR 8:601

The Kentucky Oral Health Coalition (KOHC) is a statewide coalition of over 450 members and oral health stakeholders from every region of the Commonwealth. Membership includes dentists, dental hygienists, health professionals, family resource center coordinators, universities, managed care companies, business corporations, government entities, teachers, parents, educators, social workers, public health departments, community health advocates and many others. On behalf of  KOHC, we are writing this letter in response to the proposed regulation 201 KAR 8:601 [...]

By |2022-11-30T10:24:46-05:00November 30th, 2022|Blog|
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