2024 National Medicaid|Medicare|CHIP
Oral Health Symposium

May 5-7, 2024

Conference Venue

Belle Haven Country Club

6023 Fort Hunt Road
Alexandria, Virginia 22307

(703) 329-1448

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Host Hotel

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The Alexandrian Hotel

480 King Street
Old Town Alexandria, Virginia 22314

(703) 549-6080

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This continuing education activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the standards of the ADA Continuing Education Recognition Program (ADA CERP) through joint efforts between the American Dental Association and the Medicaid-CHIP State Dental Association. The American Dental Association is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. The American Dental Association designates this activity for 11.5 credit hours continuing education credits.



Founded in 1859, the not-for-profit ADA is the nation's largest dental association, representing 157,000 dentist members. Since then, the ADA has grown to become the leading source of oral health related information for dentists and their patients.
Learn more about the
ADA here.
Dental Quality Alliance (DQA)

The Dental Quality Alliance (DQA) was established by the American Dental Association in response to CHIPRA in order to advance performance measurement as a means to improve oral health, patient care and safety through a consensus-building process. MSDA is part of the Alliance that is made up of professional organizations that support this effort. The DQA supports the use of the AHRQ Domain Framework for program improvement and quality measurement by state Medicaid and CHIP oral health programs.

More information about the DQA may be found here.
Current Member Organizations

Learn about the development of quality measures for state Medicaid and CHIP dental programs.
Advancing Quality and Program Effectiveness through Performance Measurement:
DQA Starter Set

Webinar hosted by MSDA on November 13, 2013


Krishna Aravamudhan, BDS, MS
Jill Boylston Herndon, PhD
W. Ken Rich, DMD
Martha Dellapenna, RDH, MEd
Prevention Summit
Medicaid Advisory
Dental Round Table Collaborative
January 11, 2014 - Chicago, IL

Dental Practice Trends: 8 Permanent Game Changers
Roger P. Levin, DDS, Chairman & CEO, Levin Group, Inc.

The Ascendency of Managed Group Practice
Marc B. Cooper, President & Founder, Mastery Company

Trading Spaces: Why Patient Experience is Driving Dental Technology
Pam Hemmen, Vice President, Technology Services, Patterson Companies
The Dental Quality Alliance (DQA) has released the 2013 Conference Compendium

2013 Conference Compendium: Improving Quality Through Measurement


The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) is the recognized authority on children’s oral health, promoting evidence-based policies and clinical guidelines; educating and informing policymakers, parents/guardians, and other health care professionals; fostering research; and providing continuing professional education for pediatric dentists and general dentists who treat children.  Founded in 1947, the AAPD is a not-for-profit professional membership association representing the specialty of pediatric dentistry, with members providing primary care and comprehensive dental specialty treatments for infants, children, adolescents and individuals with special health care needs. Pediatric dentists care deeply about access to care and are currently serving those with the greatest needs, including children with special health care needs.  Nationwide approximately 70 percent of pediatric dentists participate in Medicaid.
AAPD resources of interest to MSDA members include:

AAPD's Website
AAPD's Oral Health Policies and Clinical Guidelines
AAPD's EPSDT Dental Periodicity Schedules and Map
AAPD's Policy on the Dental Home
AAPD's Pediatric Oral Health Research and Policy Center (Policy Briefs)
Healthy Smiles, Health Children: AAPD's Foundation (Access to Care Grants)
AAPD's Parents/Consumers Website

The mission of the American Academy of Pediatrics is to attain optimal physical, mental and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents and young adults. To accomplish this, AAP shall support the professional needs of its members.
ADHA believes in helping dental hygienists achieve their full potential as they seek to improve the public's oral health. We support your goals by helping to ensure access to quality oral health care; promoting dental hygiene education, licensure, practice and research; and representing your legislative interests at the local, state and federal levels.
2013 National Symposium, Transforming Dental Hygiene Education: Proud Past, Unlimited Future
The Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors (ASTDD) is committed to improving the nation's oral health by promoting strong state oral health programs, formulating oral health policy, increasing awareness of oral health, and preventing oral disease. ASTDD and MSDA have partnered to assist State Oral Health Programs and State Medicaid Dental Programs identify opportunities to support one another to achieve their respective program goals. ASTDD and MSDA have developed a tip sheet, Opportunities for Collaboration between State Oral Health Programs and State Medicaid-CHIP Oral Health Programs, with examples of successful State Oral Health Program and State Medicaid-CHIP Oral Health Program collaboration.
Partnership for Alignment Project

Medicaid Dental Program Survey Tool
State Dental Program Survey Tool
Perinatal Oral Health Committee

The committee serves as a focal point for issues and resources for state oral health programs relating to pregnancy and early childhood programs, policies, and materials.
Learn more
Early Childhood Oral Health Committee

This committee was formed to focus on issues related to the oral health of young children up to five years of age. In October 2011, the ECC became the primary ASTDD group charged with implementing many of the Dental Home Initiative objectives on behalf of the Office of Head Start's National Center on Health.
Learn more
Oral Health Technical Advisory Group (OHTAG)

Names of OHTAG members in your region
CMS-MSDA Learning Labs

CMS sponsors a series of quarterly webinars, co-branded by MSDA, to help state agencies and others increase access to dental services covered by Medicaid and CHIP. The webinars to date have covered topics of state oral health action plans, beneficiary outreach, quality improvement, and dentistry for young children.

here for more information
State Oral Health Action Plans
Partnership for Alignment Project

CMS initiated the Partnership for Alignment Project to help build better collaborations between state oral health programs in public health and state Medicaid-CHIP programs. To that end, CMS, MSDA, and ASTDD created a pair of self-assessment surveys for public health and Medicaid-CHIP. The surveys are to be completed by the appropriate agency staff and then compared to identify areas of collaboration and potential for further partnering toward common state goals.

Medicaid Dental Program Survey Tool
State Dental Program Survey Tool
CMS Perinatal Resources

Oral Health Poster
Oral Health Tear Sheet
Oral Health Tear Sheet (Spanish)
"Keep Kids Smiling" Strategy Guide for State Medicaid programs
The DentaQuest Foundation was established in 2000 with a mission to support and promote optimal oral health. The Foundation collaborates with partners in communities across the United States, connecting key stakeholders, raising awareness and supporting solutions.

U.S. National Oral Health Alliance
Leadership Colloquia

  • Medical and Dental Collaboration (Washington, DC; November 7-8, 2011)
  • Prevention and Public Health Infrastructure (Chicago, IL; March 13-14, 2012)
  • Oral Health Literacy as a Pathway to Health Equity (San Francisco, CA; June 6-7, 2012)
  • Metrics for Improving Oral Health (New Orleans, LA; November 15-16, 2012)
  • Financing Models for Oral Health-Policy, Care Community (Atlanta, GA; April 2-3, 2013)
  • Strengthening the Dental Care Delivery System (Washington, DC; June 17-18, 2013)
National Oral Health Quality Improvement Committee
2014 DQF Grantees
The mission of the DentaQuest Institute is to promote optimal oral health through efficient and effective care and prevention. Unlike many institutes that focus on either scientific research or policy commentary, the DentaQuest Institute emphasizes a hands-on approach by working directly with oral health care professionals to support them in improving the care they provide to their patients.
Early Childhood Caries Collaborative

Phase III of the ECC Project is underway.  The chronic disease management approach to ECC will be expanded to up to 40 sites from across the country in a Breakthrough Series Collaborative beginning in August 2013. Building on the work of the Phase II teams, participating Phase III teams will engage in a variety of activities to implement the practices and protocols of disease management for early childhood caries.
Learn more about the
ECC Project.
Safety Net Solutions

DentaQuest Institute's
Safety Net Solutions program works with safety net dental programs who are striving to provide high-quality clinical care to underserved populations. Through customized technical assistance, Safety Net Solutions guides programs through the practice improvement process to assist them in achieving their goals in areas such as increased access, strengthened financial viability, and improved quality outcomes.

SNS's philosophy is to work collaboratively with administrators, dental directors and program staff to develop strategies that are realistic and achievable. SNS also encourages collaboration among safety net clinics through their online learning center, a place where safety net dental providers can 'meet' to connect, learn and discuss solutions.
HRSA, an agency of the US Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary Federal agency for improving access to health care services for people who are uninsured, isolated or medically vulnerable. HRSA provides leadership and financial support to health care providers in every state and US territory.
Maternal and Child Health Bureau

MCHB administers the Maternal and Child Health Block Grant to States and discretionary grants that ensure that the Nation's women, infants, children, adolescents, and their families, including fathers and children with special health care needs, have access to quality health care.
HRSA Webcast:
Title V, Medicaid, and Oral Health: Strategies for
Quality Improvement and Financing Care

Presented by Mary Foley on September 25, 2013

View the presentation with audio


View the Migrant Head Start and FQHC Partnership Guide

The National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center (OHRC) is federally funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau to support health professionals, program administrators, educators, policy makers and others with the goal of improving oral health services for infants, children, adolescents, and their families. The resource center gathers, develops and shares information and materials with those professionals, in print and via the website. OHRC staff member Sarah Kolo is an Associate member of MSDA and serves on MSDA's Best Practices, Communication-Website and Membership Committees.
Oral Health Resource Bulletins

Resource Highlights: Focus on Dental Home
Resource Highlights: Focus on Head Start
Oral Health America's mission is to change lives by connecting communities with resources to increase access to care, education, and advocacy for all Americans, especially those most vulnerable.
MSDA partners with OHA to raise awareness about issues affecting the oral health of all Americans. On October 8, 2013, OHA released the 2013 State of Decay report. This report highlights five public health and health care delivery system factors that potentially impact the oral health of older Americans.

To view the 2013 State of Decay report, click


The First National Brush Day  ---  November 1, 2013
The day after Halloween is a perfect time for parents to remind their kids to brush for two minutes, twice a day.

Thank you to all of you who participated in the First National Brush Day!

More information about the Children's Oral Health Campaign:

  • Follow the brand new Kids' Healthy Mouths social media accounts on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Promote the National Brush Day Thunderclap to your networks by encouraging people to sign up their accounts to send out a synchronized message to their Facebook or Twitter followers along with more than 100 other supporters on National Brush Day.
  • Participate in the social media day of action by sharing the National Brush Day messages from our online toolkit.
  • Post our National Brush Day graphics on your website, blog, or other promotional channels in advance of November 1.
  • Encourage parents to sign up for our free, new text message programs to receive practical brushing tips directly to their mobile phones. Simply text "BRUSH" to 30364 or sign up at the homepage of 2min2x.org.
  • Promote the campaign website 2min2x.org.