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Pediatric Oral Health Research and Policy Center Updates

May 2017 Volume LII Number 3

Coming this June: Pediatric Dentist Toolkit for Seeing Medicaid Patients
If you are a new pediatric dentist, a pediatric dentist new to Medicaid, or both, you will find this toolkit an invaluable guide to getting a Medicaid program started in your practice. It covers such practical concerns as how to become a dental Medicaid provider, schedule patients wisely, and find training opportunities for your team members. It features no-nonsense answers to common ques- tions about how to appropriately administer Medicaid and offers a host of time-saving resources. This toolkit will assist you in joining the nearly 70 percent of pediatric dentists who accept patients covered by public assistance programs and successfully influence children’s access to oral health care. Visit the POHRPC webpage to download your copy.

AAPD Launches Pediatric Dentist Workforce Study

The AAPD accepted a proposal from The Center for Health Workforce Studies, Albany, NY, to produce a comprehensive pediatric dentist workforce study. The research project will gather and an- alyze credible evidence to provide policymakers an overall target for the ideal number of pediatric dentists in the U.S. The analysis will include existing data, as well as estimated projections on such variables as population growth and characteristics, consumer behavior, general dentist contributions to pediatric oral care, pediatric dentist trends regarding retirement and preferred practice locales, and influences of national legislative policies. The final report will be completed later this year.

Meeting Representation Builds Visibility for Pediatric Dental Issues
General Session of the International Association for Dental Research, March 22-25, San Francisco, Califor- nia. Robin Wright, PhD, Assistant Director of the POHRPC, participated in a symposium titled "Evidence on the Association Between Sugar-Sweetened Beverages and Childhood Obesity, and the Role of Oral Health Professionals and Insurers in Preventing Childhood Obesity." She discussed AAPD member survey results on reducing the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages in young patients and preventing childhood obesity. The program also featured presentations by Dr. Norman Tinanoff, Dr. Raul Garcia, Mary Foley and Julie Frantsve-Hawley.

National Oral Health Conference, April 23 - 26, 2017, Albuquerque, New Mexico, sponsored by the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors and American Association of Public Health Dentistry. Wright presented original research on the attitudes and practices of pediatric dentists related to childhood obesity and the consumption of sugared drinks.

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