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April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month

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Where are we with HPV?
Lucy Baglin, National Coalition of STD Directors
April 6, 2015

The Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) is the most common, and one of the most misunderstood sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

HPV is so common that nearly all sexually active people get it at some point in their lives, but most don't know it.  HPV can be transmitted by vaginal, anal, or oral sex, and can be passed even when an infected person has no signs or symptoms. READ MORE


HPV Vaccine Is Cancer Prevention (CDC)

Dientes Sanos, Ninos Sanos

UnitedHealthcare's Lenys Alcoreza was interviewed on “Buenos Dias DC” WFDC-TV (Univision) Washington, D.C. about our Dientes Sanos, Ninos Sanos (Healthy Teeth, Healthy Kids) campaign on March 19.


National Public Health Week
April 6-12, 2015

There are so many ways to get involved! 

  • APHA will host its fifth annual NPHW Twitter Chat on April 8 at 2 pm ET. Follow NPHW@NPHW to learn more about the NPHW 2015 Twitter Chat! Use the official NPHW hashtag, #NPHW, in your tweets so users can easily search for what you and others are saying about NPHW. RSVP to the Twitter Chat.
  • Take the pledge! To create the healthiest nation, we all need to start by pledging to take two steps (1) creating a health me and (2) creating a health we.
  • Use the NPHW toolkit full of free resources.


Spanish Language Campaign Teaches Women Important Oral Health Care Skills

BALTIMORE, MD (February 25, 2015) – A social marketing campaign aimed at educating Spanish-speaking mothers about the importance of children’s oral health and teaching routine oral-hygiene skills has made a significant impact among Latinas in Maryland.  Surveys taken before and after the campaign showed that more Latinas better understand the importance of oral health and are taking action to practice more preventative oral health behaviors for themselves, and their children. READ MORE


Fluoridated Water on Tap!

MDAC sent a fact sheet about the importance of water fluoridation to the Maryland General Assembly and all MDAC members. Click here to view the fact sheet!


Maryland's 2014 Annual Oral Health Legislative Report

Maryland has been recognized as a national leader in oral health. This recognition is a direct result of the State’s progress in implementing the 2007 Dental Action Committee’s (DAC) comprehensive recommendations for increasing access to oral health services through changes to the Maryland Medical Assistance Program (Medicaid) and expansion of the public health dental infrastructure. READ REPORT


Dental problems could be a sign of an eating disorder

Dr. Gigi Meinecke, president of the Maryland Academy of General Dentistry, recently appeared in an Ask the Expert column in the Baltimore Sun. She discussed how dentists can help treat people with eating disorders. READ ARTICLE


Open Wide: An Inside Look Into Oral Health Books for Children by an Interprofessional Review Team

Book review poster_Library workshop

MDAC's medical-dental collaboration work group convened an interprofessional group that consisted of professionals from dentistry, nursing, education, and library services, in addition to a UMB dental student, two dental hygiene students, and a graduate Doctor of Nursing Practice student and pediatric nurse practitioner. They attended three book review sessions during which they were tasked with reviewing children's books about oral health and rated each book based on criteria created by the group. A final list of vetted books will be shared with MDAC members and the public soon.

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 A poster titled Open Wide: An Inside Look Into Oral Health Books For Children By An Interprofessional Review Team was developed about the book review process, evaluation tool, and findings. An abstract for this poster was submitted and accepted by:

  • The Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Medical Library Association (MLA) for their annual meeting that took place on October 20, 2014 in Virginia.
  • The National Medical Library Association’s Annual Meeting that will take place in Houston, TX in May 2015.