NC Oral Health Collaborative Convening
This year’s gathering brought together over 80 participants to become stronger advocates, practitioners, and champions by expanding their skills on the most effective way to talk about oral health. A key focus of the convening was how to best utilize several new frames on oral health developed by the FrameWorks Institute: Unlocking the Door to New Thinking: Frames for Advancing Oral Health Reform. Participants also had the opportunity to hear from NCOHC’s community partners as they shared their wisdom on how to best engage those most directly impacted by oral health disparities in our work.
The Eastern Regional CHNA Project-2018 Data Collection Kick-Off
The first week of March saw this convening of representatives from health departments and hospitals, participants in the eastern regional Community Health Needs Assessments (CHNA), who had opportunity to meet the selected vendor that will be assisting with the data collection process and writing reports. They also learned about the projected timeline, and were able to explore the online tools and the web-based data platform each participant will have access to beyond submission in 2019. You can see a list of presenters here .
The 12th Annual Jim Bernstein Health Leadership Dinner
Early October saw a successful annual reception and dinner in support of the Jim Bernstein Health Leadership Fellows program. Each year, the Foundation brings together over 300 health care professionals from all over the state to celebrate the legacy of Jim Bernstein and the work being done to advance community health in North Carolina.
Engaging Conversations and Breakfast with Mary Otto
In early September, The NC Oral Health Collaborative hosted an event at the Walnut Creek Wetland Center in Raleigh to create dialogue among 25 key oral health stakeholders in NC. The purpose of this gathering was to learn more about author Mary Otto’s experiences in researching and writing her novel Teeth. The interview and subsequent discussion were extremely valuable in extending the powerful lessons learned therein to oral health work in NC.
Defining the Contours of the North Carolina Safety Net
In August 2017, The NC Rural Health Leadership Alliance hosted a conversation on Defining the Contours of the North Carolina Safety Net. More than 60 stakeholders convened to bring together clinical and social definitions of the healthcare “safety net”. This important conversation lends itself to synthesizing clearer answers to key questions of what and where safety nets are, who provides and benefits from them, and why they are necessary.
Oral Health Day
In April 2016, NCOHC brought together oral health advocates in Raleigh, NC to educate legislators about the issue in North Carolina.
Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment: Application of Stage Based Treatment
Provided by MAHEC and the Foundation for Health Leadership & Innovation, with the support of Cone Health Foundation, this workshop provided an opportunity for practical skill development through use of case vignettes. An emphasis was placed on participants supporting the rationale they used to determine stage of treatment and treatment interventions.
Safety Net Day
Presented by NC Community Health Center Association, the NC Association of Free & Charitable Clinics, and the NC Association of Local Health Directors, in partnership with The Foundation for Health Leadership & Innovation’s NC Rural Health Leadership Alliance, the purpose of NC Safety Net Day was to inform the NC legislature about the importance of health organizations in North Carolina that serve the uninsured and underserved. Nearly 100 stakeholders from safety net sites and programs gathered at the state General Assembly to educate legislators about their work with community health centers, free and rural clinics, and health departments.
The Discovery and Practice Summit: Connections for Community Health and Economic Vitality
Selected teams from counties across North Carolina came together in October to discuss connections between public health and economic vitality. The Summit highlighted strategies that support healthy food access and build environments that support healthy living.
The NC Rural Health Leadership Alliance (NCRHLA) Reception
In October 2016, The NCRHLA held a reception following the 2016 North Carolina Institute of Medicine’s (NCIOM) Annual Meeting. to celebrate progress in carrying forward the North Carolina Rural Health Action Plan.
18th Annual Conference of the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association
In October 2016, the Collaborative Family Healthcare Association, in conjunction with the Foundation’s Center of Excellence for Integrated Care, hosted its 18th annual conference in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Exploring Teledentistry as a Vehicle for Addressing Oral Health Access Issues- Raleigh, NC
In October 2016, the NC Oral Health Collaborative held an educational program that emphasized the need for new and innovative methods of delivering health care, especially in the area of oral health. Dr. Paul Gassman provided attendees with an overview of the Virtual Dental Home model as a potential solution to this problem. Other panelists followed by sharing their diverse experiences in the use of telehealth and the challenges of implementing teledentistry in NC.
The 11th Annual Jim Bernstein Health Leadership Dinner
Each year, the Foundation brings together over 300 health care professionals from all over the state to celebrate the legacy of Jim Bernstein and the work being done to advance community health in North Carolina.
NC Oral Health Summit- Cary, NC
In September 2016, over 90 people gathered in Cary to discuss oral health disparities, access issues, and opportunities for improvement. In a room full of academics, providers, practitioners and community advocates, it quickly became clear that in terms of oral health, North Carolina has come a long way, but they still have far to go. The purpose of the 2016 NC Oral Health Summit was to figure out how to do that work together.