The JCOH created the Oral Health Initiative of North Central Massachusetts which, with over $2.2 million in funding from The Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts, helped to establish and expand dental services at Community Health Connections, Inc. Successful strategies included: CHC Dental Service in Fitchburg and Gardner; dental GHAP program in Fitchburg and Leominster; hygienist training program at Mt. Wachusett Community College; school-based sealant and fluoride varnish programs in five North Central school districts; training for school nurses, pediatricians, maternity nurses and child birth educators to conduct parent education programs; implementing a pre-school oral health education program; and a public awareness campaign (“Watch Your Mouth”). The Oral Health Initiative also worked with the Massachusetts Oral Health Advocacy Task Force to restore Mass Health adult dental health benefits and increase reimbursement rates for dentists. These policy changes have resulted in 47 North County dentists now accepting Mass Health patients when none were doing so at the inception of the Oral Health Initiative. For more information please visit http://chcfhc.org/services/dental/.
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