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ADVANCING HEALTH EQUITY THROUGH TELEHEALTH INTERVENTIONS DURING COVID-19 AND BEYOND: POLICY RECOMMENDATIONS AND PROMISING STATE MODELS

By Lee Taylor-Penn, Emmett Ruff on July 28, 2020
Due to COVID-19, states are making major policy and regulatory changes to expand health systems’ telehealth capabilities to meet the needs of patients and providers. This shift has tremendous potential to help people who have historically lacked access to medical care, including people in rural...

The dental care program at school was something to smile about. Until the pandemic hit

By Ariane Lange on July 13, 2020
Lanessa Pinkney has always struggled to bring her four kids to the dentist. She would have to take time off work, yank her kids out of school, and juggle appointments on multiple days. Pinkney, of Sacramento, wanted them to have the regular oral healthcare they were entitled to on Medi-Cal, but...

Modesto teen gets wisdom teeth removed for free

By Brandi Cummings on July 10, 2020
More than four out of five college students reported they are facing financial challenges because of the novel coronavirus outbreak. That's why two Stanislaus County oral surgeons started a new program to help. Wisdom teeth will no longer be a problem for 16-year-old Silvia Lopez. She is the...

Lancet Commission on Oral Health

June 23, 2020
The Lancet Commission on Oral Health In July 2019 The Lancet published a ground-breaking Oral Health Series that highlighted the global public health importance of oral diseases and the need for a radically different policy agenda to tackle this major problem (Peres et al., 2019; Watt et al., 2019...

Asian Health Services “Clinic Drive-Thru” for the Kindergarten Oral Health Assessment and Fluoride Varnish Program

By Keiko Miyahara, RDH, MS on June 09, 2020
As COVID-19 spread and the shelter-in-place order was put into effect in March, all of the school oral health prevention programs abruptly halted. With the uncertainty of this unprecedented situation, all of us wondered how life would continue on during the pandemic.

Guidance from CDC, CDPH provide roadmap for dentists to resume care

By CDA on June 08, 2020
As dentists continue their return to practice, official guidance from both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the California Department of Public Health offers a roadmap for resuming dental care to patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Emergency PPE now available to California dentists through The Dentists Supply Company

May 30, 2020
California licensed dentists can now order limited quantities of critical personal protective equipment that is in short supply through traditional, commercial distribution channels.

The U.S. Approach to Public Health: Neglect, Panic, Repeat

By Jeneen Interlandi on April 17, 2020
A once-in-a-century public health crisis is unfolding, and the richest country in the world is struggling to mount an effective response. Hospitals don’t have enough gowns or masks to protect doctors and nurses, nor enough intensive care beds to treat the surge of patients.

Weighing the Risk of Smoking During the COVID-19 Pandemic

April 10, 2020
Oral health experts at Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM) and the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) School of Dentistry have taken a closer look at the risks associated with smoking, vaping, and tobacco use during the COVID-19 pandemic. They suggest that in addition to precautions...

ADA Coronavirus Resource Center for Dentists

By American Dental Association (ADA) on March 17, 2020
ADA Calls Upon Dentists to Postpone Elective Procedures (March 16, 2020) The American Dental Association (ADA) recognizes the unprecedented and extraordinary circumstances dentists and all health care professionals face related to growing concern about COVID-19. The ADA is deeply concerned...

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