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Florida Oral Health

Stakeholders Convening

Sept 12, 2019 | 1:00 - 4:00 pm

On the afternoon of September 12, our conference will officially get underway with opportunities for oral health stakeholders to join expert facilitated conversations on one of Florida’s biggest issues: improving access to oral health.

Whether you’re a provider, advocate, or concerned citizen, join us to share your experience on where the gaps in the system exists and how they can be addressed. This will also be a chance to learn about trends and best practices happening nationally and statewide.

The discusion will be led by Patrick Finnerty, former Virginia Medicaid Director, and Melissa Burroughs from Families USA.

This convening is free to attend!

You're also invited to join us for a conference welcome dinner on Thursday, September 12 ($10). That will be followed by the full day conference and health value boot camp on Friday, September 13 ($25).

All conference attendees will also receive a gift card:

  • Participate in 1 of 2 days (Sept. 12 or 13) - $10 gift card

  • Participate in BOTH days (Sept. 12 and 13) - $20 gift card

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12:30 PM  |  Sign in and Light snacks


1:00 – 1:20  |  Welcome Remarks and Florida's Oral Health Landscape

Scott Darius, Florida Voices for Health

After a short welcome, we will present some background about the current state of oral health in Florida. We’ll share topline data, trends, and policy changes impact access to care and quality for Floridians.


1:20 – 2:00  |  Facilitated Discussion: Exploring Florida's Challenges

Patrick Finnerty, PWF Consulting, FVH Advisory Board

States around the country are dealing with challenges to improving oral health and Florida is no different. This session is designed to hear from Florida’s oral health stakeholders about the issues they experience first-hand. This will be a great session for providers, community workers, consumers, and policy makers to create a comprehensive picture of where we are as a state.  


2:00 – 2:10  |  Break


2:10 – 2:40  |  The National Landscape of Oral Health

Melissa Burroughs, Oral Health Campaign Manager, Families USA

The afternoon will be geared towards identifying and implementing solutions. To start, Melissa Burroughs will breakdown the national landscape of oral health, including the outcomes from state legislatures al over the country. Learn more about the progress of efforts to expand Medicaid’s adult dental benefit, the push to make oral health available in school, and more!


2:40 – 3:50  |  Facilitated Discussion: Exploring Solutions for Florida's Oral Health

Patrick Finnerty, PWF Consulting, FVH Advisory Board

Armed with a better sense of Florida’s barriers to oral health and an initial universe of policies, this facilitated discussion is meant to explore unique solutions for our state. From dental therapy to leveraging Medicaid to provide school based services, we hope to identify initiatives to unite Florida’s oral health advocacy community.  



3:50 – 4:00  |  OPEN_Florida Alignment Network & Close

Scott Darius, Florida Voices for Health

We will close by extending an invitation to join the OPEN_Florida Alignment Network. This statewide coalition is working to address the systemic barriers to care and the resulting inequality. Learn how you can be a leader in this work!

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