Utilizing Expanded Access Services in the New School Year

As we move through the summer months and families begin preparing for back-to-school, many questions and answers still remain. What we do know is that this upcoming school year will bring new challenges, experiences, and opportunities for Kentucky students. One opportunity Kentucky schools can leverage is utilizing the Expanded Access Services program to recognize and address the social and emotional supports students need as they begin the new school year. During the 2019-2020 school year, the Cabinet [...]

By |2020-08-11T11:06:17-04:00August 11th, 2020|Blog|

COVID-19 Update from KOHC

This page will be updated as more information becomes available.  During this uncertain time, KOHC is dedicated to monitoring the latest updates and recommendations from the CDC, the Kentucky Department for Public Health, Governor Beshear, and key oral health organizations state and nationwide. We will continue to share information and engage the oral health community. We encourage you all to take steps to ensure your own safety and that of your loved ones, and the [...]

By |2020-09-24T11:11:27-04:00August 11th, 2020|Blog|

A Message from KOHC on Equity

Kentucky Oral Health Coalition is adamant when we assert our mission to improve the oral health of all people of Kentucky. And yet, we know that there are historic racial and systemic challenges in place for us to achieve that mission. Our mission is rooted in the pursuit of equity, including addressing oral health disparities by promoting best practices in oral health, engaging local and state-level community members, and advocating for effective policies to improve [...]

By |2020-06-15T15:05:01-04:00June 15th, 2020|Blog|

 Acknowledging the Year’s Achievements During Oral Health Month 

  The Kentucky Oral Health Coalition is proud of our accomplishments this past year. As we prepare for the annual KOHC June membership drive during Oral Health Month it seems fitting to reflect on achievements in the 2019-2020 membership year.  Starting off the membership year, KOHC collected responses to a short survey during Summer 2019 to determine dental professionals’ knowledge around child abuse and neglect. View survey findings here. Last fall former Governor Bevin, Mayor [...]

By |2020-06-09T10:05:08-04:00June 9th, 2020|Blog|

Thank You: Wins for Oral Health in the 2020 General Assembly

One of the core functions of KOHC is advocating for policies and budget priorities that are good for oral health in Kentucky. During the 2020 legislative session, KOHC had several wins to celebrate among our policy and budget priorities. Senate Bill 45 – strengthen licensed child care program standards on healthy eating and drinking, active play, and screen time. Senate Bill 56 – ensure Kentucky complies with the federal minimum legal sale age for all tobacco products [...]

By |2020-05-26T15:42:10-04:00May 26th, 2020|Blog|

What to Expect as Dental Offices Reopen

Dental offices in Kentucky are preparing to reopen for non-emergent care following Governor Beshear’s executive order on April 27th. This order does not require any dental office to reopen and encourages offices to take their time to ensure they can meet the safety requirements before scheduling non-emergent patient care. Changes to dental offices around the state may bring uncertainty on how to prepare for dental visits. KOHC along with Kentucky Dental Association and Kentucky Dental [...]

By |2020-05-15T09:42:23-04:00May 15th, 2020|Blog|

Celebrating National Dental Care Month

As we head into the second half of May, we hope everyone takes time to recognize and celebrate National Dental Care Month. This month-long celebration is a chance for oral health professionals, parents, teachers, advocates, and community members to build awareness about the importance of preventive dental care for individuals of all ages. Key factors of maintaining good overall health throughout our childhood and adulthood include establishing positive oral hygiene habits and receiving routine dental [...]

By |2020-05-13T09:36:16-04:00May 13th, 2020|Blog|

KOHC June Quarterly Meeting Update

The health and safety of all of our members, advocates, and the oral health community continues to remain the top priority for KOHC. After much consideration, the decision has been made to cancel the Regional Oral Health Summit in June 2020, which was scheduled in conjunction with KOHC’s quarterly meeting. This decision has been made out of an abundance of caution, in order to ensure everyone is able to stay healthy and safe. Please know [...]

By |2020-05-12T15:59:29-04:00May 12th, 2020|Blog|

Keepin’ it Real! Rockin’ Your Oral Health Routine!

Kentucky’s vision of impact is to engage partners across the state to create a collaborative oral health  campaign designed to: Educate parents Activate policymakers Inspire health professionals Engage the public to create optimal oral health for all. KOHC continues to honor our commitment to improving oral health awareness as we confront new challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. In an effort to inform parents, guardians, and caretakers, KOHC compiled resources that resulted in Keepin’ it [...]

By |2020-05-08T11:54:11-04:00May 6th, 2020|Blog|

What Child Abuse Prevention Month Means for Oral Health Professionals

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month! During this month and throughout the year, everyone has a role in preventing child abuse and neglect. In Kentucky, every adult is a mandated reporter of child abuse and neglect. Oral health professionals are in a unique position to recognize and report signs of abuse and neglect during their dental exams and procedures as it is estimated over 50% of injuries from child abuse occur on the head and [...]

By |2020-04-09T22:18:10-04:00April 9th, 2020|Blog|