DHMH Oral Health Report Details Gains in Dental Care Access

Baltimore, MD (December 30, 2014) – Maryland continues to perform significantly above the national Health Employer Data Information Set (HEDIS) average for children’s dental services utilization, at 68.3 percent, more than 19 percentage points higher than the 2012 HEDIS average of 49.2 percent. The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) has shared these data this week with the Governor and General Assembly.
 
The 2014 Annual Oral Health Legislative Report submitted by the Maryland Medicaid Program and the Office of Oral Health within DHMH shared other gains:
 
  • As of August, 1,354 dentists have enrolled with DHMH’s dental provider for Medicaid, DentaQuest, to provide care for enrollees. That is up from 649 in August 2009.
  • Also, approximately 394,000 children and adults in Medicaid received dental care in 2013.
  • In an eight-year period, less than one percent of children enrolled in Medicaid sought treatment for a dental diagnosis in the emergency room.
  • The percentage of pregnant females 14 years and older enrolled for any period receiving a dental service in 2013 was 28.1 percent.
 
“The gains in this Oral Health Report reflect the priority the O'Malley-Brown Administration has placed on improving benchmarks for health – much like we have with such areas as infant mortality and preventable hospitalizations,” said Governor Martin O’Malley. “A healthier Maryland is a better and more productive Maryland.”
 
“Over the last eight years, we've remained committed to expanding access to dental care for more Marylanders, and we continue to see results,” said Lt. Governor Anthony G. Brown. “While we’re making great progress, there are still far too many adults and children in our state who don’t have access to basic dental services. This important work to ensure that all Marylanders get the quality care they need to lead a healthy, productive life must continue.”
 
“Oral health is inseparable from overall health, and Maryland's efforts to keep residents healthy have been outstanding,” said U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Maryland). “As an author of legislation that will help address this important cause, I am committed to seeing continued success at the federal level and here in our state.”
 
“Oral health remains a critical component of overall health,” said Dr. Joshua M. Sharfstein, Secretary of DHMH. “We have worked hard in Maryland to provide greater access to oral health services.”
 
“Establishing sound oral health behaviors in children through access to these services pays dividends over time,” said Harry Goodman, Director of the DHMH Office of Oral Health. “It is our goal to see even greater utilization in the future.” 
 
“The Maryland Dental Action Coalition is proud of our ongoing work with the Office of Oral Health as we continue to find ways to provide access to oral health for all Marylanders,” said Margie Donohue, Executive Director of the Maryland Dental Action Coalition.
 
The report may be viewed here
 

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(Snow Hill, MD)- The 22nd Annual “Tortoise & Hare Dare” 5K walk/run will be held at 9 am, on Saturday, April 6, with a rain date of April 13, at Pocomoke River State Park-Shad Landing, Snow Hill, Maryland. Registration begins at 8:30 am. This is a FREE event and is Pet-Friendly and will be led by Smokey the Bear. The first 100 runners/walkers to check-in on the day of the event will receive a free commemorative T-shirt. There is no cost to take part in the Tortoise and the Hare Dare. The Worcester County Health Department, Worcester County Department of Recreation & Parks, and Pocomoke River State Park all co-sponsor the 5k.

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(Snow Hill, MD)- The Worcester County Health Department is pleased to announce new funding awarded through the Maryland Department of Health, Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Control, to put into action community-based projects that support physical activity in Worcester County. This new grant funding will help WCHD create projects that line up with the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Healthy People 2020 campaign.

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Worcester County Lead Poisoning Prevention Program provides consultation to parents, home owners, renters, landlords, medical offices, and other concerned community members on the lead poisoning, prevention, testing, and regulations. Education and case management is provide to parents with children with elevated blood lead levels. Call 410-632-1100 for more information. 


What is lead poisoning?

Lead poisoning is one of the most common environmental child health problems in the United States and effects 3 to 4 million children. Lead is especially harmful to children younger than 6, but anyone who eats, drinks, or breathes something which has too much lead can get lead poisoning. Although chipping paint and paint dust are the most common sources of lead, lead can also be found in ceramic cups and dishes, fishing sinkers, craft supplies, leaded crystal, spray paint, and even in soil and water.

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Snow Hill Rotary partners with Worcester Health on prescription lockboxes; Health Department to launch new substance abuse awareness campaigns in Spring 2019


(Snow Hill, MD)- The Worcester County Health Department and Snow Hill Rotary Club partnered in 2019 to provide free prescription lockboxes to the community. In 2018, the Rotary conducted a needs assessment to determine priorities for where to donate their resources. After having presentations from various organizations, including the Worcester County Health Department, it was determined that the opioid crisis would be a priority area and partnering with the health department to provide lock boxes was the intervention they selected. The Snow Hill Rotary Club also participated in a Naloxone training provided by the health department.

Funded by the Rotary Club, the new lockboxes encourage residents to keep their prescription medications, such as opioids, safe and secure. In addition to promoting responsible opioid storage, Worcester Health will launch several new awareness campaigns this spring focusing on Addiction in the Workplace, Naloxone training, reducing the stigma around recovery as well as promoting the State of Maryland’s Good Samaritan Law.

“I would like to thank the Snow Hill Rotary Club for partnering with the Worcester County Health Department on the lockbox initiative,” said Rebecca Jones, Health Officer for Worcester County. “This is another avenue in which to fight the ongoing opioid crisis.”

 Pictured (left to right): Mimi Dean, Director of Prevention, Worcester County Health Department, Rebecca Jones, Health Officer, Worcester County Health Department, Marty Pusey, Snow Hill Rotary Club, Chris Welch, President, Snow Hill Rotary Club.

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