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Dental Public Health Activities: Descriptive Summaries

A Strong Collaboration with the State Dental Association

Practice Number: 28005
Submitted By: Oral Health Program, Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services
Submission Date: March 2002
Last Reviewed: March 2002
Last Updated: March 2002
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For Missouri, a close collaboration with the state dental society is critical to assuring a viable and effective state oral health program. A strong working relationship provides the State Dental Director with much more flexibility in addressing political issues, and can provide important political support for the State Dental Director's position. Additionally, the state dental association is an important player in many issues of interest to state dental programs, and the state dental association provides ideal access to resources. Given that dentists are a provider of oral health care, and that the state dental association represents the vast majority of dentists, a collaborative relationship should exist to assure good oral health. The Missouri Department of Health?s Oral Health Program has cultivated a good relationship with the Missouri Dental Association (MDA) for at least the past 25 years. The State Dental Director has an outstanding working relationship with the MDA Executive Director and regularly meets with the MDA Executive Director and the Board of Trustees. He serves as an ex-Officio member of the MDA Counsel on Governmental Relations and attends MDA meetings. The state oral health program staff also works with the MDA members and staff on health fairs, activities related to children's dental health month, the state's sealant and fluoridation programs, oral health screening, and education activities. The collaboration between MDA and the state oral health program has resulted in many outcomes that improve oral health and service delivery for the state including: (1) passing legislation and implementing an expanded duty auxiliary program, (2) increasing funds for Medicaid services, (3) revising Medicaid administrative policies, (4) addressing manpower issues which have resulted in the UMKC School of Dentistry increasing its class size, (5) revising the practice act to require continuing education for license renewal, (6) institutionalizing annual OSHA required training for all MDA constituent societies, and (7) developing a statewide Head Start Oral Health initiative.

Contact Person(s) for Inquiries:

M. Dean Perkins, DDS, MPH, Former Missouri State Dental Director, Executive Director, Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors (ASTDD), 322 Cannondale Road, Jefferson City, MO 65109, Phone: 573-636-0453, Fax: 573-636-0454, Email: dperkins@astdd.org
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