Posts for Dental Access Project

Dental Therapy: An Alaska Native-Led Solution Improving Access to Care and Oral Health

November is National Native American Heritage Month

Policy-Community Partnerships in Oral Health Advocacy: An Example in Celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month

Latinx advocates have been leaders and partners in the strong health advocacy work across the country. In Virginia, advocates played a key role in the recent Medicaid expansion victory.

CMS Urges States to Pay for the Dental Services Kids Need

Earlier this month, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued an informational bulletin underscoring the link between oral and overall health and the importance of dental care for children with Medicaid coverage. This bulletin recognizes the pitfalls of...

Beyond Work Requirements: Medicaid Waivers for Oral Health Innovation

Last month, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) continued the trend of approving harmful work requirements in state Medicaid programs. Arkansas joined Kentucky and Indiana and became the third state to institute a work requirement. These waivers will...

Anti-immigrant policies are hurting children’s oral health

We should all be able to care for our children’s oral health regardless of our immigration status. But today, U.S. immigration policies are blocking many immigrant families from getting their children needed dental care.

Connecting Mouth to the Body: Integrating Oral Health into ACOs

Poor oral health can lead to other health problems, including cardiovascular disease, and some chronic health conditions, like diabetes, are associated with poor oral health.

Preventable Diseases Show The Impact Of Racial Disparities

This blog is part of a series that will highlight how structural racism in the health care system negatively affects the health of individuals of color. Community Catalyst is committed to exposing and dismantling policies, practices and attitudes that routinely produce cumulative...

Oral Health: How the Dental System Fails to Deliver

If you arrived at an emergency room or urgent care clinic with a painful infection of your finger that is causing you to miss work and otherwise interfere with daily living – would they give you pain relievers and send you on your way?

A Doctor’s Perspective on Dental Therapy

A primary care doctor shares his insights on the connection between good oral health and overall health, and the importance of expanding the dental care team.
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