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.
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
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:
Mississippi Oral Health Community Alliance
PO Box 11504
Jackson, MS 39283