Oral Health

LMFDC Member, Dr. Kirsten Roling, Launches Oral Health Coalition

California Oral Health Coalition For The Aging & Developmentally Disabled – Online

Join a national movement to prevent unnecessary pain and infection in our aging & developmentally disabled. The National Oral Health Coalition for the Aging &… is launching other states based on the successful California founding organization COHCADD.org. Start a state oral health coalition to promote equitable oral health treatment in the aging & developmentally disabled. http://www.ohcadd,org 

Dr. Kirsten Roling, President of the California Oral Health Coalition for the Aging & Developmentally…

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COHCADD Call to Action about to hit 500 supporters, be a part of the solution. Overwhelming public support and outrage! Policy that affects our elders should be transparent and backed by science and public health analysis. Go to www.cohcadd.org and sign our letter today! Become a member, free to all who support the mission to promote oral health equity for our most vulnerable populations: aging & developmentally disabled.

 

 

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  1. Kirsten Roling, DDS says:

    Please visit http://www.cohcadd.org and sign our letter to the state dental director!
    FACT: 1 in 10 institutionalized older adults will die from aspiration pneumonia due to untreated dental disease. The California Oral Health Coalition for the Aging & Developmentally Disabled (COHCADD) seeks to promote oral health equity for all aging and developmentally Californians.
    The California Department of Health Care Services has mandated closed door policy changes that will impede the independent practice of Registered Dental Hygienists in Alternative Practice who accept Medicaid (Denti-cal), across 850 facilities in California, including skilled nursing and long term care facilities. The Registered Dental Hygienist in Alternative Practice (RDHAP) is often the only dental provider in these facilities, and provides frontline, lifesaving dental services. The DHCS medicaid policy changes were not transparent, they did not include stakeholder and provider engagement, nor did they include analysis by public health policy experts to determine how many lives will be lost due to this policy change, or the increased burden of cost on an already stressed Medicaid budget. The aging & developmentally disabled populations experience the largest barriers to oral health care nationally. These policy changes will further widen the gap to our most vulnerable populations to receive oral health services. Due to COHCADD’s success, the National Oral Health Coalition for the Aging and Developmentally Disabled was launched to create state coalitions nationwide. Please share this information with your neighbors, family and friends. Thank you, Dr. Kirsten Roling, President of The California Oral Health Coalition for the Aging & Developmentally Disabled, LMFHDC Member. kroling@cohcadd.org

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