Children’s Dental Health: More than a February focus for Cass Community Health Foundation

February is a time for groundhog shadows, Girl Scout cookies, and Valentine treats. It is also a time to raise awareness about the importance of oral health through National Children’s Dental Health Month. Since 2008, Cass Community Health Foundation (CCHF) provides dental screenings, oral health education, fluoride varnish treatments, and dental supplies to students in […]

Allen County wins Culture of Health Prize

It is with tremendous excitement that we announce that our home — Allen County, Kansas — has been named as a 2017 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Prize winner. The Prize honors communities for their unwavering efforts to ensure all residents have the opportunity to live healthier lives. And that certainly describes what […]

Using new tech to increase dental care access

We live in a time when technological changes are common. These changes induce both anticipation and anxiety. Rapidly changing use of technology is also a constant in our complex health care system. While we have seen increasing use of health care assisted by remote access to health specialists and increasing coordination between health providers over […]

The dental community serving the local community

The Missouri Mission of Mercy (MOMOM) is more than a free dental clinic. It’s tangible help. It’s giving at its best. That is why I love working on this grand scale inspirational project. Collectively we accomplish something together that we could never do alone. MOMOM is an intersection of three communities. Allow me to unpack […]

Maintaining oral health is all about access

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Missouri is experiencing a renaissance in attention to oral health policy. Champions in the state legislature are working to ensure oral health policy is a relevant topic through legislation and through the oral health caucus. The Coalition’s annual oral health policy conference brings fresh innovation to the dialog inside and outside of the statewide network […]

Decade of Difference: Reaching out to at-risk populations

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In addition to new general service clinics, the area also has benefited from an expansion in dental care access for special needs and elderly populations. Oral Health on Wheels, a 40-foot mobile dental clinic operated by Johnson County Community College, provides professional dental cleaning and other maintenance services to special needs populations. A dental services […]

Adult dental benefits in Missouri Medicaid are moving forward

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On Tuesday of this week, Governor Jay Nixon made an announcement that oral health advocates, dental providers and – most importantly – adults currently eligible for MO HealthNet (Missouri Medicaid) have longed to hear: Missouri will provide MO HealthNet adult dental benefits. Now we must wait up to 90 days for the Centers for Medicare and […]

A look back at 2015: What we learned about the next Decade of Difference

For the past 18 months, Health Forward has been working on a project that examined how we’ve advanced health in our region over the past 10 years. The fruits of that labor is featured on our new website – Health While most of the report focuses on changes that have occurred, we also heard […]

The Little County that could

Just over 100 miles southwest of Kansas City, there is a county of just over 13,000 residents that has created a model for community health improvement. A county that admitted collectively that it needed to improve health outcomes. A county that was willing to ask for help. A county that rolled up its sleeves (and […]

Decade of Difference: expansion of oral health workforce

Ed. Note: This is a modified excerpt from our Decade of Difference report. Read more about the region’s health care workforce in our full report. Important developments throughout the dental workforce have played an essential role in supporting the expansion of the area’s oral health safety capacity. Increasingly, dental schools are reaching out to engage students […]

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