News

MOHCA provides news and updates regarding organizational activities as well as oral health updates statewide and nationwide.  Please see the links below for news and updates.

 

 

MOHCA Participates in Missions of Mercy Projects

MOHCA members participated in the Mission of Mercy Project held in Greenwood, MS on June 28-29, 2019. The project treated 588 patients exceeding the value of $400,000 of donated dental treatment services. MOHCA members were community volunteers involved in the post-op table providing dental education donated from the Mississippi State Department of Health-Office of Oral Health. There were array of dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants, dental school students volunteering their time and services for many people across the Mississippi Delta in undeserved areas. Like general health, oral health status in the United States tends to vary based on social and economic conditions.  Seventeen of the Healthy People 2020 objectives relate directly to oral health and a number of others reflect the connection between oral disease and other chronic illnesses such as diabetes and cancer. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), Indian Health Service (IHS), and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) are the leads for tracking the progress of these objectives.The overall goal of the Healthy People 2020 oral health objectives is to prevent and control oral and craniofacial diseases, conditions, and injuries and improve access to related services. 


The event schedule for Friday, June 28th will be from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm and Saturday, June 29th from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm. Their goal is to treat 2000 patients during the two days. For more information on how to volunteer, please visit: https://www.msdental.org/for-the-public/free-and-low-cost-dental-care/ms-mom

 

Upcoming - MOM Projects in Greenwood

The Northwest Chapter in partnership with MDCC Dental Hygiene Program, Mississippi Dental Association and the Mississippi Dental Hygiene Association on the MOM’s Project in Greenwood, MS this summer. The MS MOM project is a free, 2-day, large-scale dental clinic for low income, uninsured and underserved Mississippi children and adults who cannot afford to pay for dental care. The clinics are staffed by volunteers including dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants, laboratory technicians and scores of volunteers from across the state. Additionally, the program enjoys a good relationship with the UMMC School of Dentistry through their student volunteer organizations.  Dental students participate as volunteer providers during each clinic and are an important part of the overall program. 


The event schedule for Friday, June 28th will be from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm and Saturday, June 29th from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm. Their goal is to treat 2000 patients during the two days. For more information on how to volunteer, please visit: https://www.msdental.org/for-the-public/free-and-low-cost-dental-care/ms-mom

 

Southern Chapter Participates in Pathways-2-Possibilities Event

The Southern Chapter of MOHCA recently participated in the Pathways 2 Possibilities (P2P) on November 14-15 at the Mississippi Coliseum and Convention Center in Biloxi, MS. P2P is an interactive, hands-on career exploration experience designed for 8th graders.

All 8th grade students from public and private schools in addition to home school students were invited to attend. With over 7,000 8th graders attending, MOHCA was able to display career opportunities within the dental profession. Along with the collaboration of the Mississippi State Department of Health, Office of Oral Health,  MOHCA’s Southern Chapter was able to hand out toothbrush kits, dental career pamphlets and allow students to role play as dentists in the activity “visiting the dentist”.

 

Recent MOHCA Outreach & Education

MOHCA has been busy over the last couple of months with trainings and education delivered across Mississippi.  

Dr. Sudheer Koutha and Dr. Elizabeth Carr exhibited at the Tougaloo College Career Health Fair for 11th and 12th graders and provided information on public health dentistry

Dr. Brigita Turner shared information on the OWG project on behalf of MOHCA.  MOHCA was discussed in detail with several of the students when asked what all we do in public health.  Students were able to here about the importance of coalition work for initiatives to spread our message and reach communities.  Dr. Turner did a great job demonstrating the mouth body connection for MOHCA!

Carla Bassett presented at Nichols Elementary and shared the OWG project with 187 children.  

 

Culturally Responsive Care

 

The Mississippi State Department of Health, Office of Oral Health hosted a Cultural Competence Training in Oral Health on November 27-30, 2017.  Founder, Marjory Bancroft with Cross Culturally Communications out of Columbia, MD,  and her team provided the Health Professions Cultural  Competence Training, highlighting oral health .  As shared in the document "A Manager's Guide to Cultural Competence Education for Health Care Professionals" , the essential focus of cultural competence training in health professions is on the care-giving relationship between providers and patients and on how services are delivered to diverse patient populations.  If your office is in need of Cultural Competence Training for your staff, please contact the Mississippi State Department of Health, Office of Oral Health at 601-206-1590.

Oral Health - Primary Health Integration

 

The surgeon general’s landmark report, Oral Health in America, brought national attention to the importance of and disparities present in oral health. Furthermore, the Institute Of Medicine (IOM) report, Improving Access to Oral Health Care for Vulnerable and Underserved Populations, showed that unmet oral health care needs and barriers faced by these populations has a great impact on overall health.

 

Learn more about the report and initative to integrate oral health and primary care at:

http://www.nnoha.org/resources/clinical-excellence/integrate-care/

https://www.hrsa.gov/sites/default/files/hrsa/oralhealth/integrationoforalhealth.pdf

Contact Us

Mississippi Oral Health Community Alliance

PO Box 11504

Jackson, MS  39283

 

info@mohca-ms.org

 

www.mohca-ms.org

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