Include an adult dental benefit in publicly funded health coverage
This investment supports Kentucky Youth Advocates (KYA) to provide leadership and backbone support to the Kentucky Oral Health Coalition, a diverse network of community and statewide partners working to expand adult dental benefits in Medicaid and integrate oral health into overall health through advocacy, education, and capacity building. The work aligns with The DentaQuest Partnership priorities to promote health equity in Kentucky, engage grassroots partners in systems-change advocacy, pursue person-centered models of care through value-based transformation, and expand access to public adult dental benefits. Specific outcomes for 2020 include: expanding the coalition and strengthening their collective policy agenda; creating educational materials about the importance of oral health and integrated care for partners, community members, and policymakers; and monitoring the implementation of new oral health and overall health policies to ensure equity and access. $105,000 will support staff time; meetings, convenings, and travel; communications and advocacy materials; and other administrative costs.
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 to Thursday, December 31, 2020