12th Annual Carlos Salinas Award

The South Carolina Dental Association (SCDA) and the South Carolina Oral Health Coalition (SCOHACC) have established an award to honor a dentist for excellence in providing care to and advocacy for individuals with special health care needs. This award which began in 2007 is co-sponsored by Specialized Care Company, and nominations are accepted through the Division of Oral Health. It is named for Dr. Salinas who dedicated his academic career to the service of individuals with special healthcare needs and their families.

Thank you to those who have submitted a nomination letter. A winner will be selected and announced at the Dr. Carlos F. Salinas Dental Program for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Individuals with Special Health Care Needs, Annual Continuing Education Course in the Fall.

The SC Oral Health Coalition (SCOHC) is comprised of a diverse group of stakeholders from private practice, public health, health care, academia and communities who are familiar with practice issues related to health care. The Division of Oral Health (DOH) staff work closely with the SCOHACC and it is considered part of the oral health infrastructure in South Carolina.The SCOHC was formed in November 2003 with the purpose of developing oral health promotion and disease activities at the state and community levels.  These activities are intended to support the objectives in the South Carolina State Oral Health Plan (SCSOHP) and address lifespan oral health problems and issues affecting the state’s population.  Over the last 12 years, through key partnerships, the SCOHC has expanded their state-wide network of stakeholders, consistently received funding to forward oral health improvement objectives, and have contributed to the success in reducing children’s oral health complications by addressing key priorities of the SCSOHP.

17th Annual Oral Health Forum: Making a Difference…Expanding the View of Oral Health

Over 95 stakeholders from across the state gathered to look at the current status of oral health in our state, highlight current programs and explore new ideas and initiatives. The event featured a keynote address from Dr. Robert Lustig who challenged attendees to dig dip into the nutritional impact of sugar on oral health and overall health.
Below are the presentations from this year’s Oral Health Forum: