In their Maine Compass column revealed on May possibly 20, Rep. Lori Gramlich and Dr. Steve Mills make a persuasive situation for passing and funding L.D. 1501, An Act to Protect Oral Health for Kids in Maine. I will not repeat their outstanding arguments here, other than to endorse all they say about our options to strengthen oral health in Maine with many vital payments, which include L.D. 996, to increase MaineCare’s dental protection to adults. That these expenditures have been given unanimous committee assistance is noteworthy. They must also be passed and funded.
I want to extend on the provision in L.D. 1501 to restore an oral health coordinator placement within just the Maine CDC, a important place for a state public health company. This person will provide the needed management and guidance to the University Oral Health System, highlighted by Rep. Gramlich and Dr. Mills.
In addition, the position also implies determining gaps, acquiring condition and federal means, forging partnerships in just and outdoors of govt, operating to take care of health inequities, addressing the relationships amongst long-term health conditions and oral health, and collaborating with other associates to produce and expand Maine’s oral health workforce.
Maine requirements a point out-stage, fully-functioning dental public health application with a dedicated program coordinator to serve as a useful resource for proof-dependent preventive public health approaches and most effective procedures in utilizing group-level courses, and to guide in establishing public health coverage.
As the previous particular person to maintain that situation, I know the probable it delivers. I can incorporate that the Maine CDC’s Oral Health Application was significantly below-resourced even prior to the software was downsized and proficiently eradicated in 2015. Restoring the oral health coordinator placement is a vital action in rebuilding that source, and this is the time to do it — simply because oral health is health.