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Mobile Devices

The Oregon Dental Association just completed its 3-day conference yesterday. Due to other commitments, I was only able to attend one day of the conference. So, unfortunately, I missed out on a lot. But not all was lost. The conference coordinator was brilliant in having attendees use the specially designed Trip Builder Media mobile app to coordinate information and activities through attendees’ mobile devices. The app was incredibly easy to…

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Health IT for Primary Care Quality Improvement

Recently the Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research issued a white paper on health information technology (IT) best practices for primary care practices. Health IT is often underused for supporting quality improvement in primary care, and the paper provides information, while encouraging the adoption of IT practices. The authors conducted a peer-review of the literature, convened an IT technical expert panel, and interviewed clinicians. Lessons from clinicians, practice leaders, and…

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Make Moms Smile

As you know, I am passionate about good oral health. It’s important throughout all stages of life, especially during pregnancy. And it is often overlooked. There are some myths around getting dental care during pregnancy. Although most obstetricians and dentists agree there is a need for oral health care during this time, they do not always encourage pregnant women to get the care they need. What’s worse, because of the…

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WIC Nutrition Fair & Breastfeeding Services

A few weeks ago I blogged about “Baby Dental Days” at one of the Clackamas County (Oregon) Women, Infant and Children (WIC) centers. This event includes basic oral health screening, fluoride varnish, education and referral for children ages 0 to 5 who do not have a dentist. It occurs in conjunction with the monthly WIC Nutrition Fair. Last week I had the opportunity to visit the Oregon City center where…

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Dental Health Fair

Normally the Beavercreek and Sunnyside Health Centers in Clackamas County, Oregon are closed on weekends. But this past Saturday, both clinics were open and they were both busy treating underinsured or uninsured adults who lack dental care. Thanks to the efforts of staff within the county’s Health, Housing & Human Services, and with grants from Health Share of Oregon and Family Care, about 115 adults received dental care. Dental students…

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Telehealth in Oregon

A few weeks ago I talked about the role of telehealth in promoting patient-centered health care. Recently, Oregon’s Senate Health Committee sent Senate Bill 144 to the floor (with unanimous, bipartisan support), moving telemedicine services beyond the hospital or clinic setting into a patient’s home. This bill was supported by collaborative efforts from the Telehealth Alliance of Oregon. If passed, this bill would require health insurance companies to cover and…

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Baby Dental Days

Many of you know about the WIC program. It’s officially called “The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children.” Since 1974 WIC has provided nutrition and breastfeeding education and support; health screening; referrals to other health, welfare and social agencies; and vouchers to buy healthy foods for low-income pregnant, nutritionally at-risk women. WIC targets pregnant women (through pregnancy and up to 6 weeks after birth or after pregnancy…

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New Pregnancy Care Models

The delivery of health care is changing in this country. There’s more coordinated, team-based care and more patient involvement and engagement. One program that’s happening right here in Portland is worth mentioning – the Providence Maternal Care Clinic. What makes this different from traditional care models? Instead of having an individual visit with an ob/gyn or nurse, expectant parents receive a continuum of team care led by a nurse-midwife that’s…

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Patient Engagement

We all know the value and importance of patient engagement in clinical settings. More and more patients want to be involved in the decision-making process; they want to be informed. When health care providers and patients work together there’s an opportunity improve health outcomes and improve patient satisfaction. And, let’s face itwe all want that. We live in an age with ever-changing information hurled at us through ever-changing technologies. And…

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Give Kids A Smile

As I mentioned in last week’s blog, February is National Children’s Oral Health Month, and about 1500 clinics nationwide use this opportunity to offer free dental services to about 450,000 underserved children. I want to give a special “shout-out” to Pacific University’s School of Dental Health Science for partnering with members of the Washington County (Oregon) Dental Society in providing dental care to children in the county. On February 7th…

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