Public News Service Article - "Let's Talk": Educators Excited about New Approach for OH Kids at Risk

August 27, 2015 - Mary Kuhlman, Public News Service (OH)

Originally posted here.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - One-in-four Ohio high school students admit to binge drinking, according to the Office of Adolescent Health, and a new strategy debuting in some Ohio schools is opening the door to conversations about drugs and alcohol with students.

Commisson on Dental Accreditation Votes To Implement Dental Therapy Education Standards

In June, we shared the news that Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) adopted education standards for Dental Therapy. We told you to stay tuned to see if CODA voted to implement education standards for Dental Therapy programs. The wait is over. Last Friday, CODA voted to implement education standards for Dental Therapy programs. David Jordan, Dental Access Project Director at Community Catalyst, who works with us and 5 other states to address the dental access crisis by allowing mid-level providers known as dental therapists to practice in each state, said “The vote means dentistry's accrediting body fully recognizes dental therapy as a profession and will move forward with accrediting dental therapy training institutions - possibly within the next year.”

Happy 50th Anniversary Medicare & Medicaid!

Cathy Levine, Executive Director of UHCAN Ohio, Announces Her Departure at the End of the Year

After more than two decades of extraordinary leadership at UHCAN Ohio, including 14 as Executive Director, Cathy Levine has announced that she will step down in December 2015.

"UHCAN Ohio has thrived under Cathy's brilliant leadership, and her accomplishments in building the consumer voice to make health care work for all Ohioans are nearly impossible to count," says Lorin Ranbom, President of UHCAN Ohio’s Board of Trustees.

"From her early work making consumers aware of financial assistance available to help pay their hospital bills to the expansion of coverage and into the present, reshaping the health care system to meet the needs of every Ohioan, few can match her persistency and passion in advocating for quality, affordable health coverage for those that need it most in our community.  Cathy's leadership and vision, as well as the amazing talent she has recruited and cultivated on UHCAN Ohio's staff, and the stable financial foundation she has built for the organization, ensure UHCAN Ohio's future as a major advocate for quality, affordable health coverage for all Ohioans. “

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