Tips for Oral Health Advocates During the 2022 General Assembly

The Kentucky General Assembly reconvened in Frankfort on Tuesday, January 4th for a 60-day session. Oral health advocates across the commonwealth are counting on state leaders to prioritize policies and investments that create a brighter, healthier future for all. Check out these 8 ways oral health advocates can use their voice during the 2022 legislative session: Review the KOHC policy and budget priorities for the 2022 session. Look up who represents you in Frankfort and how to contact your [...]

By |2022-01-12T12:38:39-05:00January 12th, 2022|Blog|

Happy New Year from KOHC!

Happy New Year! Kentucky Oral Health Coalition is excited to usher in 2022 with upcoming opportunities that oral health members and stakeholders can look forward to. Advocate for KOHC policy and budget priorities during the 2022 legislative session.  After seeing several wins during the 2021 legislative session as well as some missed opportunities, we are hopeful and excited to continue advocating for effective policy and budget priorities in 2022.  We released our 2022 policy and [...]

By |2021-12-30T09:13:49-05:00December 21st, 2021|Blog|

KOHC 2021 Annual Meeting Recap

Kentucky Oral Health Coalition members and oral health stakeholders from across the state convened virtually and in-person for the 2021 Kentucky Oral Health Coalition annual meeting on Friday, December 17. We kicked off the meeting with a welcome from Mahak Kalra, Chief Policy and Advocacy Director at Kentucky Youth Advocates (KYA). The meeting featured an outstanding national speaker, Dr. Carlos S. Smith, DDS, MDiv, FACD - Associate Professor of Dental Public Health and Policy, Director [...]

By |2021-12-20T10:24:13-05:00December 17th, 2021|Blog|

Happy Thanksgiving from KOHC!

Halloween decorations, costumes, and orange everything have all but disappeared. Suddenly winter holiday decorations are everywhere! What happened to Thanksgiving, an opportune time to reflect and acknowledge gratitude? Kentucky Oral Health Coalition has so much to be thankful for this year, most of all YOU, our members, partners, and oral health advocates. With Thanksgiving right around the corner, let’s acknowledge what we are thankful for and take a moment to recognize the collaborative effort necessary [...]

By |2021-11-22T13:25:42-05:00November 22nd, 2021|Blog|

Health Highlights from the 2021 KIDS COUNT County Data Book

Kentucky will be strongest when all children have their best chance to thrive. The 2021 Kentucky KIDS COUNT County Data Book, recently released by Kentucky Youth Advocates, examines data disaggregated by race/ethnicity, the impacts of systemic racial injustice on children and families, and solutions to advance racial equity so that every child can thrive. The 31st edition of this publication also features the latest data on 17 measures of child well-being, showing whether outcomes for children across [...]

By |2021-11-11T10:46:28-05:00November 10th, 2021|Blog|

It’s Open Enrollment Season!

It’s open enrollment season, and kynect is back to help Kentuckians find affordable healthcare plans! Kynect is Kentucky’s state-based healthcare and family support marketplace, where Kentuckians can browse for affordable health insurance plans and apply for family support programs, such as child care, health care, and food assistance. Medicaid and the Kentucky Children’s Health Insurance Program (KCHIP) provide free or low-cost health coverage to low-income Kentucky families, pregnant women, and children in foster care. This coverage provides [...]

By |2021-11-02T13:39:09-04:00November 2nd, 2021|Blog|

November 1st is National Brush Day!

National Brush Day is observed in the United States on November 1, the day after Halloween, to reinforce the importance of children's oral health and promote good tooth-brushing habits recommended by dental experts. This year’s theme is “Make National Brush Day a Family Affair”!  How will you celebrate? Say goodbye to excess sugar and cavities by donating your extra Halloween candy. Many dentists’ offices, doctors’ offices, and even schools and gyms will take donations of [...]

By |2021-10-28T23:58:45-04:00October 28th, 2021|Blog|

Celebrating Dental Hygienists!

KOHC is committed to recognizing the important role dental hygienists play within the dental team and community. As we wrap up National Dental Hygiene Month, we are highlighting two resilient Kentucky hygienists. Enjoy reading why these dental hygienists chose their profession, the challenges presented and their hopes for the future in the following interviews. Pam Barnes - RDH and Kentucky Oral Health Coalition Member Why did you become a dental hygienist? “I wanted to help [...]

By |2021-10-26T12:35:57-04:00October 26th, 2021|Blog|

Efforts to “Nix the Next” Generation from Becoming Addicted to Nicotine

Building strong families and communities is the key to unlocking the potential of our next generation. Unfortunately, Kentucky has the second highest percentage of adult smokers and is among the highest in the nation for youth who use tobacco products, including e-cigarettes and vapes. Those who use tobacco products experience negative impacts to their oral health and overall health. We know that investing in prevention and cessation is an important step to reduce these rates, [...]

By |2021-10-20T14:05:57-04:00October 20th, 2021|Blog|

Now is the Time to See Your Dentist!

As we continue our recognition of National Dental Hygiene Month, we are highlighting the ways that everyone can take care of their dental hygiene at home and the dental office. Taking care of your teeth starts at home with your everyday routine – so be sure to include dental hygiene practices each day including: Brushing your teeth for 2 minutes, twice a day. Flossing your teeth once a day. Limiting sugary drinks and choosing fluoridated [...]

By |2021-10-18T11:16:50-04:00October 18th, 2021|Blog|
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