KOHC 2020 Annual Meeting Recap

Kentucky Oral Health Coalition members and oral health stakeholders from across the state convened virtually for the 2020 Kentucky Oral Health Coalition annual meeting on Friday, December 11. We kicked off the meeting with a message from our sponsor, Avesis, about dental coverage updates as it relates to Manage Care Organization plans (MCO). Dr. Julie McKee, the Kentucky state dental director, provided updates about dental care in Kentucky during the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact [...]

By |2020-12-17T14:46:59-05:00December 17th, 2020|Blog|

Top 3 Reasons to Celebrate the Kentucky Oral Health Coalition

There are 43 state-based oral health coalitions in the U.S. Not every state has the support of a state-based coalition, fortunately Kentucky is home to the Kentucky Oral Health Coalition (KOHC). Residents of Kentucky can be confident that KOHC is a dedicated advocate in the pursuit of lifelong oral health for everyone. In 2010, KOHC formulated a vision to engage partners across the state and formed a collaborative oral health campaign designed to educate parents, [...]

By |2020-12-15T15:30:03-05:00December 15th, 2020|Blog|

KOHC 2021 Policy and Budget Priorities

The Kentucky Oral Health Coalition is a group of oral health professionals, advocates, and stakeholders with a collective voice to improve oral health for all Kentuckians. A cornerstone function of KOHC is policy advocacy. Each year members have an opportunity to help shape and prioritize a policy agenda to improve oral health. To help form this policy agenda, KOHC supports the health policies and budget priorities on the Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children. In addition, members [...]

By |2020-12-15T11:58:42-05:00December 14th, 2020|Blog|

Medicaid & Supporting Youth in Foster Care

Kentucky’s youth in foster care are a vulnerable population who need access to comprehensive health coverage. Youth in foster care and who have aged out of foster care have disproportionately high rates of serious physical, mental, and behavioral health issues. They are more likely to have health issues that affect their day-to-day functioning and more likely to need psychological and substance use counseling. Many youth formerly in foster care live at or below the poverty [...]

By |2020-12-15T11:39:06-05:00December 10th, 2020|Blog|

Health Highlights from the 2020 Kentucky KIDS COUNT County Data Book

Across the Commonwealth, in urban and rural settings, children and families of all races and ethnicities experienced significant challenges in 2020. Kentucky Youth Advocates recently released the 30th edition of the Kentucky KIDS COUNT County Data Book, which sheds light on the impacts of the dual pandemics of COVID-19 and systemic racial injustice on children and families. Also, the data book highlights the most recent data across 17 measures of child well-being including data for all [...]

By |2020-12-03T17:01:26-05:00December 3rd, 2020|Blog|

Open Enrollment 2021 is Here!

The 2021 open enrollment period for health insurance begins November 2, 2020 and goes through December 15th. Let’s make sure everyone who is eligible signs up for the health insurance they need to stay healthy. 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 Kentuckians access to receive routine health care services and care when [...]

By |2020-11-09T15:23:08-05:00November 4th, 2020|Blog|

October is National Dental Hygiene Month, An Opportune Time to Honor Dental Hygienists!

During the month of October KOHC celebrated National Dental Hygiene Month(NDHM) by highlighting the importance of diligent dental hygiene routines, suggesting recommendations to improve the oral health of Kentucky kids, providing tips to celebrate Halloween in a healthy and safe way, and sharing TEN-4 bruising rule resources. As National Dental Hygiene Month winds down and the time to move the clock back grows near, we move forward in honoring a few of KOHC’s outstanding [...]

By |2020-10-27T13:38:36-04:00October 27th, 2020|Blog|

Tricks and Treats-Keep Halloween 2020 Safe and Healthy!

This time of year many children are waiting with great anticipation and excitement for Halloween. However, this year Halloween will be celebrated during a pandemic. Face It, this year Halloween will be different! Some Halloween traditions could be difficult and unsafe to observe and it may be tempting to overcompensate, sweetening the disenchantment by offering extra candy. Read Monstrous Disappointment and discover how experiencing disappointment can be beneficial for children. This Halloween disappointment doesn't have [...]

By |2020-10-20T15:37:03-04:00October 20th, 2020|Blog|

October is National Dental Hygiene Month

The month of October is especially busy this year. There are fall celebrations to prepare for, many children are in a virtual, hybrid, or in-person class setting, it's a presidential election year, and football is back! While many of us are decorating in a ghoulish manner and enjoying pumpkin spice everything, October is National Dental Hygiene Month and serves as an important reminder to make time for diligent dental hygiene practice even when life is [...]

By |2020-10-12T14:49:45-04:00October 12th, 2020|Blog|

6 Recommendations to Improve the Oral Health of Kentucky Kids

Kentucky Oral Health Coalition is dedicated to advancing oral health literacy among all Kentuckians. This year, we partnered with the Kentucky Beverage Association to learn more about parents’ beliefs and knowledge about oral health care for their children. KOHC hosted three focus groups in March 2020 with parents from Eastern Kentucky, Western Kentucky, and West Louisville to talk about their children’s oral health care. KOHC also surveyed oral health, primary care, and school professionals to [...]

By |2020-10-08T14:54:30-04:00October 8th, 2020|Blog|
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