Village lessons on the dental access crisis: Alaska’s program a potential model for the lower 48

This blog was originally posted on Say Ahhhh! A Children’s Health Policy Blog.

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In late August, I found myself in a small conference room in a sub-regional clinic (SRC) in St. Mary’s, Alaska, a village of 549 Yup’ik residents, listening to Bernadette Charles describe how she is working to meet the village’s oral health needs. Not only was her passion for preventing disease and serving her community admirable, her presence in this small village offers policy professionals a promising approach on how to expand dental care to rural and underserved communities.

Oral health is essential to overall health, yet nearly 50 million Americans lack access to a dentist for

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With the passage of health care reform, Ohio’s policymakers and stakeholder groups are working on proposals to expand access to quality, affordable health care that take advantage of opportunities in the new law.  Businesses, hospitals, insurers and other stakeholders are actively protecting their interests. But who is looking out for consumers?

For robust implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to occur and serve the needs of consumers, two needs must be met:

Cathy Levine Receives 2010 Champion of Public Health Award!

Cathy Levine receiving award Cathy Levine, Executive Director of UHCAN Ohio, receives the 2010 Champions of Pulblic Health Award from The Ohio State University - College of Public Health on October 21, 2010 for her relentless pursuit for high quality and affordable health care for all Ohioans.

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UHCAN Ohio Director Cathy Levine Receives Public Health Community Leader Award

Columbus, OH—Today, The Ohio State University’s College of Public Health will award UHCAN Ohio’s executive director, Cathy Levine, the Public Health Community Leader Award.  Levine will be one of three distinguished honorees at today’s Champions of Public Health Awards Reception.  The College of Public Health initiated these awards in 2005 to recognize individuals and organizations who have improved the health of Ohioans. 

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