February is Children's Dental Health Month Top 5 SLO Resources and Opportunities
February is Children's Dental Health month and there is a lot happening in San Luis Obispo County. Here's a Top 5 countdown with our most exciting resources and new opportunities:
5) On Tuesday, February 6 at 1:30 p.m., children's oral health advocates, including First 5 and the Oral Health Coalition, are going to the Board of Supervisors for a proclamation in support of Children's Dental Health Month. This is a great time to let the Board know of the need for children's access to dental health resources and support efforts to expand services. Join us to support children's health! 4) Tolosa Children's Dental Center has expanded its provider capacity and is accepting new patients. New patients are being accepted at the Paso Robles and San Luis Obispo locations. Call (805) 238-5334 in Paso Robles and (805) 592-2445 in SLO for more information, or visit the Tolosa Children's Dental Clinic website: tolosachildrensdental.org
3) A reminder about the SLO County Children's Dental Services Grant to help with the costs of urgent treatment. Children can be referred directly by dental or health care providers, school nurses, WIC clinics, and other child-serving professionals. Funds are limited and assigned on a case-by-case basis to families who cannot afford treatment.
The Children's Dental Service Grant is administered by the Center for Family Strengthening. Families are connected to dental care by County Public Health's CHDP Program. For more information on how to access this fund for clients, contact Bridgette Hernandez, Supervising Public Health Nurse, at (805) 788-2108 or email@example.com. 2) The County is interviewing candidates for the currently-vacant Oral Health Program Manager position and will be hiring for nearly five new positions for the new oral health grants.
1) In January, the County received two new grants totaling over $3 million from the State to support expanding access for children's dental health. These funds represent the largest influx in oral health funding in memory with the goal of seeing a least a 20% increase in the percentage of Denti-Cal children who receive regular care. The first contract for $2.2 million will be used over a 3-year period for the Dental Transformation Initiative - Local Dental Pilot Program. There are 3 components to the project which include:
A "virtual dental home" where Community Health Centers will send out registered dental hygienists (RDHs) to local schools in the Lucia Mar Unified School District to provide preventive care, assessments with x-rays and temporary restorations. A "virtual" CHC dentist will review patient records, x-rays and make treatment recommendations.
Outreach, screenings and referrals will be provided by RDHs at low-income housing sites in conjunction with Paso Robles Housing Authority, Housing Authority of San Luis Obispo and People's Self Help Housing. Dentists who agree to accept referrals will receive a $100 stipend for each new patient.
Scholarships to new trainees to increase the number of Registered Dental Assistants (RDA) and RDH's in Alternative Practice. This will add to the number of dental providers able to see children.
The second contract is for nearly $1 million over 5 years through the newly enacted Proposition 56 for the Local Oral Health Program. These funds will be used for the purpose of educating about oral health, prevent dental disease, and link to treatment of dental disease including dental disease caused by the use of cigarettes and other tobacco products.
These funds will create a comprehensive public health infrastructure for an oral health program within the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and provide backbone support for the recently released State Oral Health Plan. SLO County will update its oral health strategic plan and work to expand dental health resources and monitor progress.
Increasing access to health care for children ages 0-5 and their families
Family Resource Centers are located throughout SLO County and offer support in meeting basic needs, assistance through crises, and case management services. Family advocates can assist with Medi-Cal forms and other health-related issues. For a complete listing, download the SLO County FRC Directory.
Help for Immigrant Families Immigrant families continue to be concerned about their families' abilities to peacefully live, work and be educated in our country. With the recent announcement by the Trump administration phasing out the DACA program, families have been asking even more questions. Please visit the Immigration and Health Reform section of our website for more information.
For more information regarding recent immigration information please contact us.
Developing Healthy Habits with Sesame Street in Communities Interactive Resource for Parents from First Five and Sesame Street
Fostering healthy habits can be a challenge for families with young children. Sesame Street in Communities features a Staying Healthy pagewith numerous activities, videos, and articles for providers and families.
The Healthy Superheroes Workshop is a good starting point for providers meeting with families. Guidelines for the workshop include establishing daily tooth brushing routines and reviewing proper hand washing techniques. Printable bracelets are available for parents to give to their children as a reward for maintaining healthy habits.
The Health Access Training Project is a project of First 5 of San Luis Obispo County which advocates for quality programs and services to support children from prenatal to age five, ensuring that every child is healthy and ready to learn in school.