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AAPHD Policy Fact of the Week

Families USA and the DentaQuest Partnership released a new resource, Addressing Rural Seniors’ Unmet Needs for Oral Health Care.

Residents in rural America face major difficulties in access, coverage, and geography that limit their ability to obtain good oral health care. This is especially true for the rural elderly, whose oral health is often worse than that of the rest of the nation. Luckily, there are potential policy solutions that address these barriers and, in some cases, pending legislation that could help.

For more detailed information, please read the Health Affairs blog post.

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“Queer Eye” Viewing Party

Join the Tufts Dental LGBTQA organization at the FIRST EVENT of their PRE-PRIDE Event Series, “Queer Eye” Viewing Party, this Friday, 5/17 from 5:30-7:00PM in Rachel’s Auditorium (1414)! Which member of Netflix’s Fab 5 is your favorite? Let’s celebrate our best selves as we appreciate the fun and “fabulousness” that resides in all of us! Food will provided as we watch one of Netflix’s best series, Queer Eye.

MARCH WITH TUFTS: Boston Pride Parade!

The Tufts Faculty and Staff Pride Caucus (Tufts Pride) would like to invite students, faculty, and staff to march in the 2019 Boston Pride Parade. Family and plus ones are welcome.

This year’s theme is “Looking Back. Loving Forward.” The theme honors the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, and the parade is on track to break records as Boston’s biggest Pride Parade yet!

  • When: Saturday, June 8, 2019
  • What: 2.27 mile parade route, rain or shine (or snow)!
  • Where: Copley Square to Boston Pride Festival at City Hall Plaza
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LGBTQA Final General Body Meeting!

Join the Tufts Dental LGBTQA at their FINAL general body meeting of the year this Friday, 5/10 from 12-1 in Sackler 502Lunch will be provided. They will share all the fun to come during their Pre-Pride Event Series, plan for upcoming elections, discuss suggestions for next year, and more! Also, don’t forget to check out their May Dental Central board for more information about the organization and the LGBT community. 

Dental Care at Fenway Park: Tufts Faculty and Staff Volunteer With Team Smile !

Team Smile is a charitable foundation started in the Mid Western States in the early 2000s. The premise is to put together sports teams, dentists, hygienists and dental student professionals together to help treat needy children’s oral health needs. Who doesn’t love sports and team spirit?! This is the second time that Team Smile has come back to Boston. Last August 2018 was the “ inaugural” event at Fenway Park to great success. Tufts Dental was asked first by Colgate Palmolive to fill the student spots. =

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Jeopardy at Jamaica Plains Health Fair

Sameha (D21) and Abrar Ahmed (D21) both volunteered at the Jamaica Plain’s Health Fair.

Abrar Ahmed reflects: “We set up interactive and fun jeopardy games for students and their parents to answer small questions and learn about oral health. As a reward, everyone got to take home a toothbrush and toothpaste for their participation. Most of the students sincerely loved learning about the fun facts that they kept coming back for more, some even wanting to go through all the board questions because they thought it was cool. Other vendors nearby also participated and joined in on the jeopardy game. All in all, it was a very rewarding experience knowing we were able to create a small platform to discuss oral health with all these students in an enjoyable and relaxing environment! “

ASDA, ADEA, and Admissions Host Pre-Dental Day!

Tufts ASDA, Tuft ADEA and the TUSDM office of admissions hosted the annual Pre-Dental day at Tufts on Sunday April 28th. Pre-dental day is a full day event where those interested in the dental field are able to expand their knowledge about what lies ahead on the dental career path.

During the day students were provided with information about the application process, given an admissions presentation by our very own Gillian Anzivino, learn about life in dental school, and engage in pre-clinical laboratory activities such as wax-ups and composite. In addition, attendees were able to take part in smaller break out sessions, where they got to ask student panels about application building, DAT prep, life at Tufts, and mock interviews. Visitors were able to interact with students throughout the day and get to see the Tufts Dental facilities up close. It was a successful event with over 70 pre-dental visitors, and both volunteers and attendees had an amazing time together! Till next year’s event, Go Jumbos!

AAPHD Weekly Health Policy Fact

A recent article published in the Journal of Public Health Dentistry reported on the effect of Affordable Care Act expansion in Oregon. The state elected to expand oral health services to children and adults, and offered plans with varying levels of non-surgical root canal therapy (NS-RCT) coverage.

  • Children ages 0-20 and pregnant adults over the age of 21 are covered for anterior, premolar, and first molar NS-RCT. Adults over the age of 20, up to 138% of the Federal Poverty Level, are covered for anterior and premolar NS-RCT.
  • The Oregon Health & Science University Graduate Endodontic Clinic analyzed NS-RCT treatments provided by their clinic pre-Medicaid expansion, and post-Medicaid expansion. They found a 28% increase in the overall number of NS-RCT procedures. For patients that were enrolled in the Oregon Health Plan with the dental benefits, there was a 363% increase in NS-RCT procedures from pre-expansion to post-expansion.
  • Non-surgical root canal therapy is a valuable treatment that allows patients to maintain their natural teeth, as well as prevent the spread of infection. Including this treatment in Medicaid dental benefits can be another important step in reducing the barriers to dental care.
  • Currently, MassHealth does not offer non-surgical root canal therapy in their adult dental benefits.

Here is the article for your reference.

Jumbo Steps: A 6-week step challenge

The Tufts University Wellness Center, with Tufts Human Resources sponsorship, is pleased to offer you a 6-week step challenge, Jumbo Steps, beginning on Monday, May 13, 2019.

The challenge involves logging 420,000 steps over the course of the program.  Your goal is to complete an average of 10,000 steps a day.

You may join the challenge as an individual (team of one) or a group (team of up to 5 participants). Throughout the challenge, there will be numerous opportunities to earn bonus steps.

Registration details 
To sign up for the challenge, log in to the Marathon eHealth Portal and click on the Jumbo Steps link under the Wellness section. You can also follow these instructions.
Recognition for your activity!Be sure to fill out the publicity release form at this link so we can announce your name if you win this challenge. 

Contact The Wellness Center at 617-627-0467 or review answers to Frequently Asked Questions for more information.