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The COVID-19 pandemic is a reminder that our healthcare system is not equitable, including access to oral health care and dental services. Dental providers are not distributed equitably across all population groups and geographic areas. Persons of color are underrepresented among dental providers, creating issues of trust for those seeking care. Those living in rural communities often travel long distances to find a dentist. Language and other cultural barriers exist for a growing number of immigrants. Medicaid reimbursement is below the cost of providing care. Office hours are usually the working hours of low wage earners who cannot take time off work for dental appointments. Although health professionals recommend all children to be seen by age one or when their first tooth erupts, many do not have this access, leading to postponement of preventive and treatment services.
Following its advocacy with Dental Access Now!, a program within Universal HealthCare Access Now (UHCAN), a 7-year, WKKF-funded project to develop grassroots support for the dental therapist model of providing oral health care for the underserved, OPHA established Ohioans for Dental Equity and began executing a successful Community Catalyst funded dental access and dental therapist awareness and education campaign. The dental access project in Ohio has over 90 endorsing individuals and organizations, both progressive and conservative. The infrastructure and credibility of the Ohio Public Health Association and the infrastructure of our ongoing dental therapist efforts will be of great assistance in the success of the effort. Our dental consultant was the dental director of the Cincinnati Health Department for 30 years and was the volunteer executive director of a highly successful nonprofit agency for 24 years. His work is well recognized in the field of dental public health. The project director has over 50 years of experience in consumer driven advocacy work, from managing local community action agencies to running statewide anti-poverty organizations.
Please join our work to increase access to dental care and improve oral health in Ohio by contacting David Maywhoor at email@example.com.
We are amid the year 2021 and are still being ravaged by the pandemic of COVID-19. Public health is standing firm, but as we look back over the last year and look towards the future, the words Reflect-Renew-Rebuild come to mind. In these days our public health profession is so needed and far too often, so misunderstood. But throughout Ohio, public health professionals answered the call. We reassigned our teams and worked countless hours. We joined together to keep our communities as safe as possible. We rolled up our sleeves to give and receive vaccines.
Despite the demands of our day-to-day work, OPHA continued to care, continued to speak, and continued to:
- Build understanding for Racism as a Public Health Issue, and the importance of Health and Equity in All Policies
- Speak out against legislation that attempts to eliminate vaccine mandates
- Host a virtual recognition for OPHA members featuring APHA Executive Director Dr. Georges Benjamin
- Promote the value of investing in our public health infrastructure
- Help strengthen the capacity of our public health workforce.
As the inclusive voice of public health in Ohio, OPHA can continue to play a leading role in these critical initiatives, but we can only do so with your help. We need you! Get involved on a committee or in a section, help grow the membership and continue to pay your dues. Our strength is in our numbers and our professional diversity.
Before closing, I want to thank David Maywhoor for his unwavering and steadfast leadership as our executive director for the last three years. David has decided to retire from his current role but will continue to assist us with our dental equity initiative. Thank you to Alexandria Jones as immediate past president and her continued guidance as we make decisions for OPHA.
For our future, Debbie Wright has taken on expanded responsibilities as our operations coordinator. Angela DeJulius is joining us as the president-elect, and Cheryl Davis has joined our team on an interim basis to assist with our governance and strategic issues.
As the new OPHA President I know that we will only survive together as a team. We are a collective voice for public health in Ohio. We all want better health for all Ohioans. Join us in our advocacy and education efforts for the future of our health.
I have no words to describe the year 2020 thus far. If no one has told you lately, thank you so much for all your hard work and dedication to protecting the public’s health during this uncertain time. Prior to the first confirmed COVID-19 case in the US and Ohio, our public health system was working behind the scenes to ensure that we’re keeping our communities as safe as possible. This response has challenged our capacity and highlighted how poorly funded our public health infrastructure is in Ohio. Yet, our numerous public health officials have responded and continue to respond to this threat. Thank you to my public health colleagues who are working diligently to keep day to day services available and public health protections in place for our communities and most vulnerable populations. I’m so very proud to be a part of public health in Ohio and to have the opportunity to lead the Ohio Public Health Association with our executive board and governing council.
As I’m writing this, the Kentucky grand jury just announced the charges that will be brought forth in the murder of Breonna Taylor. Racism is a public health crisis. We in public health see the impacts of structural and institutional racism daily. Whether it’s the fact that our black babies and black mothers die at more than twice the rate as their white counterparts; or the 1980’s crack cocaine epidemic where our black brothers and sisters saw long prison sentences and now in the present day with the predominantly white users we are offering rehab and treatment in lieu of mass incarceration. Your governing council is in the process of approving a Racism is A Public Health Crisis statement and is committed to the hard work that comes with making this declaration. The first action step will be to have an independent review of all internal policies and procedures. We must ensure our own house in order to be successful in our external advocacy. I will be providing updates on this work in the upcoming President’s messages to ensure accountability to our members as we move through this process.
Thank you again for your continued membership, support and commitment to OPHA. Now more than ever we must continue our mission to be the inclusive voice of public health in Ohio.
Take care and be well,