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Quarterly Newsletter | October 2017
Campaign Updates
Are you running low on 9 Ways to Grow Healthy Colorado Kids materials? Order free materials and we will mail them at no cost. 
Thank you to everyone who assisted in sharing the 2017 Messaging Awareness Survey. We are in the process of analyzing results and developing a report of the more than 1,700 responses. Preliminary results include:
  1. The Rethink your drink message elicited the most behavior change indicated by both the English and Spanish survey responses.
  2. The least familiar messages identified by the English survey respondents were:
    • Help your child sleep better in a TV-free space.
    • There's no power like parent power. 
  3. Most common places where messages have been seen/heard:
    • English: WIC clinic, doctor's office and hospital.
    • Spanish: WIC clinic, doctor's office and television.
  4. Most common source of health information indicated by both the English and Spanish survey responses: professionals (such as doctors, nurses, dietitians), WIC staff and websites. 
We received feedback that focusing on one message a month was an effective strategy to implement the 9 Ways to Grow Healthy Colorado Kids. Going forward, each newsletter will have a theme and include related news and resources. In observance of October as National Dental Hygiene Month, this newsletter's theme is oral health. The You too can promote oral health webinar recording and handouts are available on the One Stop ECOP Shop to view and share. Use the Rethink your drink and Parent power messages to promote oral health. Go here for sample social media posts, newsletter templates and website resources.    
National News
We cannot have good health without good oral health 

Dr. Renee Joskow, Chief Dental Officer for the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), emphasizes the importance of oral health to overall health in a recent interview. She describes "the mouth is the window into the health of the rest of the body." Evidence links poor oral health with other conditions such as cardiovascular disease, stroke and low birth weight.

Poor oral health also impacts economic and lifelong achievements and is associated with missed work and school and lower employability. A dental visit can be the early detection and prevention point for other diseases and conditions.

Dr. Joskow also highlights Colorado's Cavity Free at Three program as a good model for integrating oral health into primary care settings. We all can do our part to promote oral health by referring individuals and families to providers and programs.  
Partner News
Cavity Free at Three New Research

A recent research article, "Effectiveness on Early Childhood Caries of an Oral Health Promotion Program for Medical Providers," affirms the importance of interprofessional delivery of oral health promotion. The study showed that children who received four or more fluoride varnish treatments before age 3 years have lower early childhood caries; also, parent and caregiver oral health behaviors improved as a result of integrating CDPHE's Cavity Free at Three program into local health clinics.

The Cavity Free at Three program teaches medical and dental health care providers about caries risk assessment, oral examinations, oral health instruction, fluoride varnish applications and dental referral. Bring oral health services to infants, toddlers and pregnant women in your community. Cavity Free at Three supports medical and dental professionals with implementing oral health services through training and technical assistance. Contact Cavity Free at Three to learn more.    
Healthy Habits for Health Smiles Informational Webinar

Healthy Habits for Healthy Smiles builds upon Cavity Free Kids training and aims to improve the oral health of young children by supporting early childhood programs to implement practices and policies. Efforts are expanding to 18 additional programs in 2018. The webinar will review the training, consultation, timeline, agreements and incentives. Participating programs will receive the following at no cost:
  • Cavity Free Kids training for staff (materials and meal provided).
  • Consultation to implement tooth brushing in one classroom.
  • Consultation to develop a tooth healthy policy for family handbook.
  • Tooth Healthy Toolkit (valued at $200).
  • Complete pre- and post-surveys.
  • Gift card for participation.
In this issue:
Campaign Updates
National News
Partner News

October - National Dental Hygiene Month 

Save the Date 
Baby Bites: A review of current and recent guidelines on infant feeding
November 16, 2017

9:30 - 10:30

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The Prevention Services Division improves the health, well-being and equity of all Coloradans through health promotion, prevention and access to health care.
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