12th Annual Carlos Salinas Award Nomination Cycle Open

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.

Recognize a South Carolina dentist serving patients with special health care needs by nominating them for the 12th Annual Carlos Salinas Award. The nominee must be a dentist licensed to practice dentistry in the State of South Carolina, and nominations can be submitted by anyone in the community other than the provider. Deadline for nomination letter receipt (or postmark) is June 28 ,2019. Follow this link to learn more about submission details and past recipients.

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.

Webpage Contents: Oral Health Coalition Toolbox | Oral Health Coalition Membership Form | South Carolina’s State Oral Health Plan

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:

The State of Oral Health in SC – Dr. Ray Lala

Making a Difference: Sugar Policy Decisions and the Impact on Obesity, Diabetes and Dental
Diseases – Dr. Robert Lustig

Bureau of Community Nutrition Services – Sylvia Davis

Diabetes-Nutrition and Oral Health – Michele James

Nutrition and Oral Health – Dr. Ray Lala

Strengthening Medical and Dental Collaborative 
Referral Partners – The ROADS Experience – Dr. Chris Veschusi

“Behavior IS Communication!” -My Mother’ s Story – Kathy Bradley

Chronic Disease Connection to Oral Health – Alicia Johnston

Medical-Dental Integration and Third Party Payer – Amy Miller

Partnering with Help Me Grow SC to Promote Healthy Child Development – Lorraine Cragen-Sullivan

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