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Medical-Dental Integration Project to launch in January 2019

The Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment at the Medical College of Wisconsin has awarded the Wisconsin Medical-Dental Integration partnership with more than $500,000 over three years to make oral health services at well-care exams the standard of care.

Children’s Health Alliance of Wisconsin will lead the new project and work with partners to integrate dental hygienists into primary medical care teams. Dr. Earnestine Willis and Dr. Constance Gundacker of the Medical College of Wisconsin will serve as primary investigators and lead the project evaluation. Target populations include children 0-5 years and pregnant women.

Organizational partners include the American Academy of Pediatrics – Wisconsin Chapter, Wisconsin Dental Association, Wisconsin Dental Hygienists’ Association and Wisconsin Primary Health Care Association. Clinical system partners include Ascension Wisconsin, American Family Children’s Hospital, Aurora Advocate Health Care, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Gundersen Health, St. Vincent, Northlakes Community Health Center and Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers.

The project will focus on using quality improvement methods to ensure success in the implementation phase, with a goal of integrating dental hygienists in at least 15 clinics by the end of the grant. For more information, please contact Matt Crespin.

Wisconsin Emergency Services for Children program receives funding for pediatric emergency care coordination

The Wisconsin Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) program has been awarded a supplemental grant to improve pediatric pre-hospital care. Wisconsin EMSC is one of nine states selected for funding. Awardees will participate in a multi-state learning collaborative led by the EMSC Innovation and Improvement Center to demonstrate effective, replicable strategies to increase the number of local emergency medical services (EMS) agencies with a Pediatric Emergency Care Coordinator (PECC), a designated individual responsible for pediatric emergency care coordination.

Results from this project will ultimately inform and advance efforts within all 58 EMSC State Partnership recipient sites to increase adoption of this improvement within local EMS agencies. Wisconsin EMSC’s goal is to recruit and establish PECCs in 70 additional Wisconsin EMS agencies by March 2019.

Quality improvement grant opportunity available

The Wisconsin Medical Home Initiative is releasing a Request for Applications for quality improvement projects in medical practices serving children and youth with special health care needs. Funding for projects is provided through a grant from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Division of Public Health, Bureau of Community Health Promotion, Family Health Section, Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs Program. Learn more.

Congratulations to Delta Dental of Wisconsin, 2018 Warren LeMay Oral Health Champion Award winner

On Sept. 25, the Wisconsin Oral Health Coalition presented Delta Dental of Wisconsin with the Warren LeMay Oral Health Champion Award at the Wisconsin Oral Health Conference. This award is given to an individual or organization who dedicates their work to improving oral health in Wisconsin. 

Delta Dental has been instrumental in supporting projects that advance Wisconsin’s Roadmap to Improving Oral Health. They provide strategic vision, leadership and financial resources to a wide variety of oral health projects across the state. These efforts clearly demonstrate that Delta Dental is committed to helping all individuals access quality oral health care.

State of Wisconsin Association of Neonatal Nurses raise funds for Newborn Nests

Jen Kilzer and Rebecca Buchholtz, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin Neonatal Nurse Practitioners, helped raise $2,356 for Newborn Nests at a recent State of Wisconsin Association of Neonatal Nurses (SWANN) conference. The Newborn Nest initiative allows trained home visitors to provide a baby box to families to help establish safe sleep habits that follow the American Academy of Pediatrics’ recommendations: alone, on the back, in a crib and in a smoke-free environment. 

Matt Crespin installed as president-elect of American Dental Hygienists' Association

Associate director Matt Crespin, MPH, RDH was elected and installed as ADHA president-elect. Matt will serve in this position for the next year and then be installed as president in June 2019.  Matt has served on the board of trustees for the past three years as both the district seven trustee and most recently as vice president.

Reach Out and Read coordinator receives national award

Alexandria Rogers, Reach Out and Read Wisconsin project coordinator, was honored with the national Wyntress Smith Award for Organizational Excellence at the Reach Out and Read national leadership meeting in Cincinnati, Ohio. This annual award honors individuals who go above and beyond to embody the organization’s core values of passion, excellence, respect and innovation.

Reach Out and Read Wisconsin honored with Outstanding Achievement in Family Literacy Award

Reach Out and Read Wisconsin (ROR) received the Outstanding Achievement in Family Literacy Award at Wisconsin Literacy’s Celebration of Literacy event in Madison. ROR Wisconsin was honored to be included among the many inspiring award recipients which included adult learners, English language learners, tutors, volunteers and health literacy advocates from across the state. 

ROR Wisconsin is a statewide affiliate of the national, evidence-based program that gives young children a foundation for success by incorporating books into pediatric care and educating parents about the importance of reading during well-child visits. ROR Wisconsin is the 7th largest affiliate in the country, with more than 205 clinics providing books and advice to families every day. The program is managed by Children’s Health Alliance of Wisconsin. Learn more.

Reach Out and Read Wisconsin medical director honored

Dipesh Navsaria, MPH, MSLIS, MD, medical director of Reach Out and Read Wisconsin, was inducted as a Fellow into the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters. This award honors individuals who make substantial contributions to the cultural life and welfare of our state and its people. Read more.

Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC) names 2018 Pediatric Champion of the Year

Chief Joe Pfaff of Stoddard Bergen Fire Department has been named Wisconsin EMSC's 2018 Pediatric Champion of the Year. This award recognizes Wisconsin emergency medical service (EMS) providers, crews or stations nominated for outstanding pediatric care in a medical emergency or trauma event, and exceptional effort in pediatric training, quality improvement programs or child injury prevention.
With more than 25 years of EMS experience, Chief Pfaff leads pediatric education efforts at his department, ensuring their pediatric medical bag is well stocked and that every member of their team is extensively trained on using items in the bag.

Diane Flanagan receives Standing Ovation Award 

Congratulations to our own Diane Flanagan on receiving the Standing Ovation Award, presented by Peggy Troy, president of Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, for her collaboration with Next Door Foundation, Children’s Hospital Dental Clinic and others to help Head Start children get access to quality dental care. Diane’s leadership and facilitation among the partners contributed to this success. 

2015 Sudden Unexpected Infant Death Report

(released November 2017)

On November 15, the Injury Prevention and Death Review Initiative released the 2015 Sudden Unexpected Infant Death Report. This report examines the demographics and sleep environment risk factors of Wisconsin infant deaths occurring in 2015 where the cause was either undetermined, asphyxia, or natural causes with unsafe sleep factors contributing to the death. View SUID report.

Initial business case for coordinated team-based care

This initial business case provides the evidence and argument for Medicaid to move toward a coordinated team-based care framework that bridges the gap between clinical care services, and prevention and self-management services through value-based financing. View business case.

Matt Crespin named one of Dimensions of Dental Hygiene's 2017 "Six Dental Hygienists You Want to Know"

The Alliance's associate director, Matt Crespin, was named one of six dental hygienists in 2017 you want to know by Dimensions of Dental Hygiene. This honor is awarded to six individuals who go above and beyond in the profession of dental hygiene. Matt was awarded the public health award category for his work at the Alliance through the Wisconsin Seal-A-Smile program, Healthy Smiles for Mom and Baby, and the Wisconsin Oral Health Coalition, in addition to his work for the American Dental Hygienist Association. Congratulations Matt! To read the full article, click here. 

Sack Plaque raises $11,075 for Wisconsin Seal-A-Smile

For its third year in a row Delta Dental of Wisconsin teamed up with Packers Radio Network during this NFL season for Sack Plaque. For each Green Bay Packer sack during the 2017-18 season Delta Dental of Wisconsin donated $100 to our Wisconsin Seal-A-Smile program. In the month of December this donation was raised to $500 per Packer sack. At the end of the season 43 sacks resulted in a $11,075 donation to Wisconsin Seal-A-Smile! A big thank you to Delta Dental of Wisconsin and Packers Radio Network. Go Pack Go!

Healthiest Wisconsin 2020 Baseline and Health Disparities Report

Just released - The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has published the Healthiest Wisconsin 2020 Baseline and Health Disparities Report.

America’s Health Ranking Report

Wisconsin ranked 21 when compared to other states. Learn more and view the rankings. Also view the Wisconsin summary.


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