Monday Roundtable Luncheon
Oral Health America is dedicated to improving the nation’s overall health through better oral health for all Americans, especially those most vulnerable. With an expected 72.1 million seniors living in the United States by 2030, we are at a pivotal point in our country’s healthcare system and now, more than ever, coalition building and collaboration is vital in the national movement to prioritize the oral health of older adults. With the help of the DentaQuest Foundation, Oral Health America set out to engage state partners, allied organizations, policymakers and consumers to work toward the inclusion of an oral health benefit in Medicare. This roundtable presentation will highlight one piece of the overall project, which is our Medicare Dental Toolkit, a collection of infographics, one pagers and social shareables designed to assist coalition building between state oral health organizations and aging professionals. The roundtable presentation will highlight the survey OHA sent out to its state partners in the early development stages all the way to downloading the final, published product on our organization’s website. Lastly, the presentation will be a call to action for state advocates to weigh in on this living project and let Oral Health America know what kind of resources it needs to help bridge the divide between oral health and aging in their states. This will not only increase usability but create standardized messaging for a network of state and national advocates to use to promote oral health equity for older adults.