P O Box 44708, Phoenix, AZ 85064

  • 23 Aug 2018 8:44 AM | Sue Barenholtz (Administrator)



    As summer winds down and children head back to school, the MOLAR Board of Directors wishes everyone a smooth transition. This can be a hectic time of year and we remind you to slow down once in a while and simply enjoy the activity going on around you.
    It’s easy to become comfortable in our jobs and put off obtaining additional education and job skills. But what if you could get the all of the required Continuing Education Credits and practical information that would allow you to take your dental hygiene career to the next level in just two days? And what if these two days would give you the knowledge and skills needed to fill a gap and provide dental hygiene services to populations that face barriers accessing dental care?
    The Affiliated Practice Toolkit, sponsored by MOLAR Coalition, is on September 28 and 29  and is a great opportunity to learn more about job and career opportunities for AP hygienists in Arizona. Hygienists receive 16 hours of continuing education credit. Dentists are invited to attend the first day and receive 8 hours of continuing education credit. See below for details and registration information.

    MOLAR is growing and adding to our board of directors and committee positions. Please consider joining us. See below for more details. 
            September 14,  2018 
                9:00 am - Noon: MOLAR EDUCATION MEETING


    You've been asking for it and we are delivering. A meeting that is all about you, meeting fellow members and guests and networking with your colleagues in the field. 

    PLEASE BRING GUESTS (but make sure you register them) as we will be giving away a free membership (or membership renewal). For every guest you bring, you will get a free entry into our raffle. Our agenda: 

    • Coffee and pastries
    • Learn how to volunteer for the board or committee positions and help our organization grow. 
    • Join, host or create Special Interest Groups that address your needs
    • Make new connections with our networking game
    • Your Coalition questions answered by our Board of Directors
    • For every guest you bring you get a free entry into the raffle!

     CLICK HERE to register 


    Public Health Dentistry & Special Needs Dentistry FOR DENTISTS

    8 Hour Continuing Education Program for Dentists
    Friday, September 28, 2018 - 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM

    Special Needs Dentistry: Maureen Munnelly Perry, DDS, MPA, MAEd: Dr. Perry is a Professor and Director of the Center for Advanced Oral Health at A. T. Still University, Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health (ASDOH).  She completed a 3 year hospital residency focused on treating patients with medically complex conditions, behavioral health issues and developmental disabilities.  Dr. Perry is a fellow of the Academy of Dentistry for Persons with Disabilities and is a diplomate of the American Board of Special Care Dentistry.  She is a past president of the Special Care Dental Association and serves as the United States council member for the International Association for Disability & Oral Health.

    The Big Picture: Dental Public Health Dentistry: Scott Howell, DMD, MPH: Dr. Howell is an Assistant Professor at A. T. Still University, Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health (ATSU-ASDOH).  Prior to dental school, Dr. Howell worked in portable dentistry in Michigan, going to long term care facilities, detention centers, and inner- city schools.  The work with these communities introduced him to unique methods for delivering healthcare to underserved populations.  He graduated from the dual degree, DMD/MPH program at ATSU-ASDOH in 2014.  After doing a general practice residency at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, he came back to ATSU-ASDOH to develop a teledentistry program and help expand the school’s interprofessional and education (IPE) curriculum. He is currently completing a dental public health residency at UT Health San Antonio, where he is looking at the oral health conditions of youth in detention centers and measuring the impact of a dual degree curriculum on the practice behaviors and attitudes of ATSU-ASDOH graduates.

    Location: Native American Connections, 4520 N Central Avenue, Ste 640, Phoenix, AZ 85012

    Registration Fees: $300, includes light breakfast, breaks and lunch. CLICK HERE to register

    Affiliated Practice Tool Kit 
    Don't miss our annual AP Tool Kit.  Two full days for hygienists. You will receive a 16 hour CE certificate. 

    DAY 1 (also open to dentists - see above) 

    •    Special Needs Dentistry by Maureen Perry 
    •    The Big Picture: Public Health by Scott Howell 

    DAY  2 

    •    Medical Emergencies  by Kim Lovell
    •    The Business of AP: Sustaining Your Dream by Michelle Gross-Panico

    • Registration & breakfast 7:30
    • Morning session 8:00 - 12:00
    • Lunch & Networking 12:00 - 1:00
    • Afternoon session 1:00 - 5:00
    Registration deadline is September 15th 

    CLICK HERE to register for the two day event - Fee includes a light breakfast, lunch and break refreshments. $400 for members, $440 for non members
    (or join MOLAR for one year for only $35 and pay member rates - 
    CLICK HERE to join)

    MOLAR Coalition is growing and we need your help. We have a few open board positions as well as committee chair positions. You must be a current paid member or join the chapter to be eligible for a position. PLEASE CLICK HERE to complete a brief application form.

    CLICK HERE to join the chapter. Thank you! 

    BOARD OF DIRECTORS: Our board meets monthly, currently from 6:00 - 8:00 pm either virtually or in a central Phoenix location. We are looking for people who want to help us grow our organization. 
    COMMITTEE CHAIRS: We are looking for the following committee chairs: community outreach, membership, programs, newsletter, sponsorship, marketing/pr, admin. These are grass roots opportunities for you to create and grow a committee.  


    August 30, 2018, 2:00 PM CT, Silver Diamine Fluoride: Science, Practice, and Potential
    Presenter: Dr. Michael Helgeson and Dr. Ryan Quock - Registration link

    MOLAR Oral Health Coalition 2018 meeting Dates

    There is one more meeting this year. We resume again January 11, 2019

    November 9, 2018 - 
    Workforce Models - Panel Discussion


    A reminder of this month’s Spirit of Community donation items for September: Books to promote literacy- underserved kids

    Spirit of Community Reminder:
    November: Stuffed animals/ non-perishable food items Food pantries and police/fire department for traumatized children 
    All above recipients also get 30 oral hygiene kits.


  • 20 Aug 2018 8:49 AM | Sue Barenholtz (Administrator)

    Affiliated Practice (AP) Toolkit - September 28 - 29, 2018

    Program Description: The AP Toolkit provides an overview of Affiliated Practice opportunities in Arizona and meets the Arizona Board of Dental Examiners continuing education requirements for affiliated practice relationships.

    Who Should Attend?

    • Hygienists who want to know what steps to take to become an AP hygienist (it’s easier than you think!)
    • Hygienists, Dentists and Public Health professionals who want to learn about different employment models and where the jobs are
    • Hygienists who want to earn all the initial and continuing education credits needed for Affiliated Practice
    • Dentists who want to earn 8 continuing education credits in Public Health and Special Needs Dentistry (Day 1 Only)
    • Anyone who wants to learn what Affiliated Practice is all about
    Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:
    1. Provide assistance during medical emergencies
    2. Provide the proper assessments, dental hygiene diagnosis, treatment plan and dental hygiene treatment to pediatric patients in affiliated practice
    3. Apply principles of public health and disease prevention in a dental hygiene affiliated practice
    4. Comply with state rules and regulations regarding affiliated practice
    5. Design and implement an affiliated practice 

    DAY 1 (Open to Dentists)
    • Special Needs Dentistry -  Dr. Maureen Perry, DDS, MPA
    • The Big Picture: Public Health Dentistry -  Scott Howell, DMD, MPH

    DAY 2
    • The Business of Affiliated Practice: Sustaining Your Dream -  Michelle Gross-Panico, DHSc, RDH
    • Medical Emergencies -  Kim Lovell, RDH, BS
     IMPORTANT NOTE: FOR HYGIENISTS: Includes 16 hours of Continuing Education units. The two day session is for dental hygienists. NO registrations will be taken and no refunds given for Hygienists attending only one day. There can be no exceptions. 

    Registration Fee For the two day program: Registration Fee For the one day program FOR DENTISTS ONLY:
    • Dentists are invited to attend the Friday session only for 8 hours of CE.
    • Early Bird registration ends August 15 -  $260
    • After August 15th - $300
    Registration includes light breakfast, lunch and snacks each day.

    Location:  Native American Connections, 4520 N Central Avenue, Ste 640, Phoenix, AZ 85012 

    Registration ends on September 15, 2018
    Cancellation policy: Refunds can be issued ONLY for emailed notification ofcancellation of the entire session no later than Friday, September 21, 2018
    Questions?   Call 480-818-2252 or Email  info@molarcoalition.org

  • 22 Jun 2018 8:47 AM | Sue Barenholtz (Administrator)


    Ancient dentistry: An interesting but painful story
    In our modern world we have so many tools, regimens, and treatments to help improve and maintain oral health.  And as you know, MOLAR and its members would like to see all people enjoy the benefits of these resources to help them achieve better oral and overall health.

    However, your board of directors thought it might be interesting to take a look back at a time when we tend to think of oral health care as mainly the use of a stick to pick teeth “clean.” So let’s think about our prehistoric hunter-gatherer ancestors, who lived more than 10,000 years ago.  We might logically assume because they lacked our resources that they had far worse tooth decay than people do today.  Not so.  While we might have whiter and straighter teeth, they had far fewer cavities than modern people.

    Why would this be?  Since the 1970s, archaeologists have theorized that the diet of hunter-gatherers—meat, vegetables, nuts, and seeds—would have made a difference. According to Alejandra Ortiz, formerly a New York University doctoral candidate and now a postdoctoral research associate in the Institute of Human Origins at Arizona State University, “The frequency of caries among hunter-gatherers is roughly 1-5% and around 6-8% among populations with mixed subsistence strategies. This contrasts with agriculturalists, who show frequencies between 10% and up to 80-85%.”

    Once farming began on a broad scale and carbohydrate-rich foods such as grains were cultivated, oral bacteria that thrive on carbs began to proliferate. In fact, according to Alan Cooper, the director of the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA, the more friendly type of bacteria that helped our pre-agricultural ancestors maintain good oral health have now been overrun by the disease-carrying kind of carb-loving bacteria.
    However some researchers today believe it was not only the carb-rich diet, but the fact that farming brought more food and a more stable supply of food. This, in turn, led to increased fertility rates—and a subsequent decline in the oral health of pregnant women. Research continues on this topic and will evolve as more specimens are studied using the latest technologies.

    Regardless of the causes of dental decay, there is a growing body of archaeological evidence that shows our prehistoric ancestors sought relief from decaying teeth in some ingenious—but painful —ways.  Think dentistry is a modern invention?  Think again.  The earliest known example of dentistry can be seen in a molar dating some 14,000 years ago. Stefano Benazzi, Ph.D., and his colleagues at the University of Bologna recently examined the tooth within its jaw and found evidence of scraping, most likely with a microlith tool made of flint.

    Over the next few thousand years, the practice of drilling teeth began. Examples of drilling can be found in such diverse locations as Pakistan, Peru and what is today Slovenia. Researchers are divided on the means of drilling, with some clearly favoring the idea of the use of a simple bow drill made of two sticks, a cord and a sharp stone.

    In some cases there is also evidence of caps and fillings.  For example, a 6,500-year-old jaw was found with a cracked tooth covered with a cap of bee’s wax. In another example, two 13,000-year-old teeth were examined with scanning electron microscopy, microCT scans and residue analyses.  It was determined that they were drilled using sharp rocks and the holes were then filled with bitumen, vegetable matter and hair.  The results were not pretty, but appear to have been quite effective.

    While ingenious, these ancient tools were not without their drawbacks. Their use undoubtedly caused extreme pain in the patient.  Only the lucky Peruvians had access to plants with numbing properties such as coca leaves. If you would like to learn more about ancient oral health and dentistry, consult these resources, which were used in writing this article:
    July 13,  2018 
    - 9:00 am - Noon: MOLAR EDUCATION MEETING

    Be SMART: Improve Your Practice with Silver Diamine Fluoride and Glass Ionomer Cement

    Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF) is a revolutionary approach to combating caries in a non-invasive manner.  Since 2014 FDA clearance in the United States and a widely publicized 2016 feature in the New York Times, there has been tremendous interest in surrounding the use of SDF from patients and dentists. Learn the principles of case selection, informed consent, treatment planning, and clinical protocol for SDF. Learn how to restore cavities in a quick, effective and painless way using Glass Ionomer Cement and SDF, known as Silver Modified Atraumatic Restorative Treatment (SMART). Find out how offering minimally-invasive options like SDF and SMART can attract new patients, improve patient satisfaction, and increase internal marketing and word of mouth referrals to your practice.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Describe the evidence for using SDF and SMART to treat and prevent dental caries
    • Review informed consent and treatment planning for SDF and SMART
    • Demonstrate proper documentation, coding, and billing for SDF and SMART
    • Describe case selection, materials, and clinical protocol for SDF and SMART

     CLICK HERE for the speaker's bio, more details and to register on our new website


    June 15, 2018, 11:00 AM CST - Registration link here
    Evaluation and Clinical Quality Assessment in Oral Health Programs: An Overview
    Presenter: Pierre M. Cartier, DMD, MPH
    July 20, 2019, 11 AM CST 
    Registration link here
    Implementing a Clinical Quality Evaluation System in Your Oral Health Program
    Presenter: Pierre M. Cartier, DMD, MPH

    MOLAR Oral Health Coalition 2018 meeting Dates

    September 14, 2018, November 9, 2018

    Affiliated Practice Tool Kit
    September 28-29, 2018


    Respect a Hygienist

    Recently an article by Lisa Mewburger appeared in the online magazine Dental Practice Management titled “7 Reasons to Respect a Hygienist”.  The article was written to dentists to remind them of the value hygienists bring to their practice. Here are the 7 reasons Lisa shared:

    • Hygienists are highly educated
    • Hygienists truly care- they are passionate and strive to do what’s best for the patient
    • Hygienists are trusted like family- have built relationships with their patients
    • Hygienists are exceptional patient educators
    • Hygienists are the ultimate team players
    • Hygienists defer to other disciplines
    • Hygienists deliver-they deliver quality care following clinical protocols

    Creating a Resume that Stands Out

    With new grads on the job scene and seasoned professionals looking for more fulfilling positions.
    Here are some tips on resume writing that might help you land the position of your dreams:

    • In the introduction state in bullet points what makes you different from colleagues: (ie created and presented educational material to local youth group)
    • Highlight special skill that would appeal to practice where they are applying pedo ( years of experience in pediatrics) seniors ( successfully treated patients with disabilities and health challenges)
    • Demonstrate professionalism and leadership (trained new personnel)
    • Gained trust of patients (quickly established my own patient base in a busy practice with multiple hygienists)
    • List fluency in another language
    • Understand technology- intra oral cameras, perioscope or automated probes, certification in lasers
    • Unique experiences: teledentistry, hospital rotation, oral health volunteerism

    Good Luck with your search for the “perfect” position!

    A reminder of this month’s Spirit of Community donation items for July:
              Water for Andre House or Food for the food bank.  

    Spirit of Community Reminder:
    September: Books to promote literacy- underserved kids 
    November: Stuffed animals/ non-perishable food items Food pantries and police/fire department for traumatized children 
    All above recipients also get 30 oral hygiene kits

  • 19 Apr 2018 10:50 AM | Sue Barenholtz (Administrator)


    Welcome to spring! As April brings warmer weather, it also ushers in Oral Cancer Awareness Month. Why should we be concerned?

    Awareness of oral cancer and its devastating effects is low in the United States. According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, nearly 50,000 people in the U.S. will be newly diagnosed with oral cancer in 2018. That works out to 132 people per day! But an even more sobering fact is that “one person EVERY HOUR OF THE DAY, 24/7/365 will die from it.”

    And while tobacco use remains at the top of the list of risk factors for oral cancer, the U.S. is seeing a concerning rise in oral cancer among otherwise healthy young people who do not use tobacco but have been exposed to the HPV virus. Oral Cancer Foundation states that “publications now existing in peer-reviewed medical journals establish HPV as a more important causative agent than tobacco in oropharyngeal cancers.”

    The Board encourages you to get involved during Oral Cancer Awareness Month!  So how can you help?
    • Spread the word about oral cancer, its causes, and how it is diagnosed. Resources are available to help. Download the Oral Cancer infographic offered by the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. You can find flyers, posters fact sheets and other resources here. Don’t forget to use social media to build awareness.
    • And if you are a dentist or hygienist, if possible, hold oral cancer screenings this month at your practice. Visit the Oral Cancer Foundation website to get free resources and learn more about hosting a screening event.
    Whatever you choose to do this month, your efforts to highlight the warning signs and dangers of oral cancer can make a difference, especially to nonsmokers who may think they are immune!  Let MOLAR know how you raise awareness, and we will recognize you in the next newsletter. Thank you for your help!


    May 11th  - 9:00 am - noon: MOLAR EDUCATION MEETING

    Lt. Tanya Selling will talk to us about the US Public Health Service. Learn About:

         ..What roles US Public Health Officers provide
          ..Where officers in US Public Health Service serve
          ..Typical clinical experiences at the facility where LT Selling serves

    CLICK HERE to for details and to register on our new website


    APRIL 25TH (7:00am - 9:00am) FREE WEBINAR: Forum on Opioids: Strategies and Solutions for Minority Communities The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Office of Minority Health (CMS OMH) and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration’s Office of Behavioral Health Equity (SAMHSA OBHE) CLICK HERE for more details and to register.

    • April 26, 2018; 2:00 PM CST - North Dakota: An Example of an Oral Healthcare Program for Older Adults in Long-Term Care Facilities
    • May 3, 2018; 2:00 PM CST - Oral Hygiene: Caring for the Older Adult with Dementia
    • May 17, 2018, 2:00 PM CST - Self-Reported Oral Health Data vs. Oral Screening Data: What’s the Story?
    For more information or to view previous webinars, please visit Oral Health America Webinar Series  - CLICK HERE

    ADHA 95th Annual Conference- June 20-23, 2018 Columbus, OH. Registration opens January 17, 2018 - www.ADHA

    MOLAR Oral Health Coalition 2018 meeting Dates
    July 13, 2018, September 14, 2018, November 9, 2018

    Affiliated Practice Tool Kit
    September 28-29, 2018


    American Dental Association
    ADA releases new policy on Opioids
    The American Dental Association released on March 27,2018 a new policy on opioids.  The policy states:
       ..The ADA supports mandatory continuing education in prescribing opioids and other controlled
      .. The ADA supports statutory limits on opioid dosage and duration of no more than 7 days for the
         treatment of acute pain consistent with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention evidence- based
    ..The ADA supports dentists registering with and utilizing Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMPs)  to promote the appropriate use of opioids and deter misuse and abuse
    Interesting fact: in 1998 dentists were the top specialty prescribers of opioids accounting for 15.5% of all US prescriptions. By 2012 this number has fallen to 6.4%. For more info on this topic go to ADA.org/opioids

    Oral Health America (OHA) today published a national report examining factors impacting the oral health of older adults. With an expected 72.1 million seniors living in the United States by 2030, OHA’s A State of Decay, Vol. IV, illustrates progress in some areas and the need for continued action to ensure America’s rapidly growing population of seniors age healthily and independently.

    A reminder of this month’s Spirit of Community donation items for May for UMOM:
    Seniors at Oznam Center

    Personal care items (shampoo, soap, hair brushes, etc.)

    Spirit of Community Reminder:
    July: Water for Andre House; Non-perishable food items for food banks
    September: Books to promote literacy- underserved kids
    November: Stuffed animals/ non-perishable food items Food pantries and police/fire department for traumatized children
    All above recipients also get 30 oral hygiene kits.org/annual-conference

  • 22 Feb 2018 8:19 PM | Sue Barenholtz (Administrator)

    The Board wants you to know about several opportunities and hopes you will volunteer during this month.   

      Here are some opportunities:

     --Give Kids a Smile” event at the Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health on February 16th

     --Reach out to schools, the “Y” or Head Start programs in your neighborhood.
      --Find posters and activity sheets at ada.org under public programs or at ilikemyteeth.org.
    --Ilikemyteeth.org also has a poster on the importance of oral health during pregnancy in English and Spanish.

    February is also Heart Health Month. Heart disease is ranked third as greatest health problem for U S women, with mental health #1 and cancer #2. According to the American Heart Association website, six in 10 women are unaware of their cholesterol numbers, blood sugar levels (A1c) or body mass index. Every Wednesday in February, The Minute Clinic at CVS pharmacies offer NO COST screening for blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar and body mass index. Check it out for yourself or share this information with family/friends and patients.

    The Arizona Legislature is in full swing. The Board urges you to stay alert to what’s happening with several bills. See the article below for more details.
    • SB 1445- AHCCCS coverage for pregnant women;
    • SB 1470 Sunrise Bill;
    • SB 1377- Dental Therapy bill
    • HB 2127- Funding for KidsCare


    March 9th - 9:00 am - noon: MOLAR EDUCATION MEETING
    Interprofessional Collaborative Models in Healthcare

    Join us for this special two hour CE, where you will learn about emerging interprofessional collaborative models in healthcare (medical offices, community-based settings, and hospital settings) and understand how it can improve education and health outcomes for your patients, presented by Sandra DeVita, RDH, RN, BSN and Michelle Gross-Panico, DHSc, RDH, AP.
    New Location: Native Health, 4041 N Central, Building C, Phoenix 85012

    Admission is free, but please CLICK HERE to register now

    Oral Health America's Webinar Series consists of monthly webinars to provide a forum for programs to share information about promising practices and innovative projects. Marshall Dentistry and Oral Surgery enables OHA to offer CE credits for our webinars to dental and nursing professionals as well as social workers!
    March 1, 2018, 2:00 PM CST Iowa: An Example of an Integrated Teaching, Service & Research Geriatric Program - The Role of Community Health Workers in Oral Health - Presenters: Joan Cleary; Adele Della Torre, DDS.
    March 19, 2018, 2:00 PM CST - North Dakota Department of Health, Oral Health Program--Older Adults. Presenter: Toni Hruby

    For more information or to view previous webinars, please visit Oral Health America Webinar Series  - CLICK HERE

    MOLAR Oral Health Coalition 2018 meeting Dates
    May 11, 2018, July 13, 2018, September 14, 2018, November 9, 2018

    Affiliated Practice Tool Kit has been postponed until the Fall. Details coming soon.



    MOLAR urges you to be prepared to write your legislator or the Senate Health and Human Services Committee members or House Health Committee members in support of the following bills :
    SB 1445- AHCCCS Dental Care for Pregnant Women, sponsored by Senator Yee this bill has a total of 52 bipartisan co-sponsors.  Covered services expanded to include dental services up to $1000 per member for a person who is at least 21 years of age and in any stage of pregnancy.  Would appropriate 1.27 million from general fund and 2.95 million from Medicaid authority in FY 2018-2019.
    SB 1470- Sunrise Process, sponsored by Senator Borrelli this bill makes several changes to the Sunrise process making it easier for professional organizations to amend scope of practice among other things.
    SB 1377- Dental Therapist, sponsored by Senator Barto this bill establishes a new dental provider, the dental therapist, who has a limited restorative scope to provide care to underserved populations.
    HB 2127-Prevents an automatic freeze of KidsCare, sponsored by Rep. Cobb this bill allows the Director of AHCCCS to continue enrolling members in KidsCare if federal funding drops below 100 percent.

    Below are the names and email addresses of the legislators:
    Senate Health and Human Services Committee          House Health Committee

    Senator Nancy Barto nbarto@azleg.gov                                    Heather Carter hcarter@azleg.gov
    Senator David Bradley dbradley@azleg.gov                             Dr. Regina Cobb rcobb@azleg.gov 
    Senator Katie Hobbs khobbs@azleg.gov                                   Kelli Butler kbutler@azleg.gov
    Senator Kate Brophy-McGee kbrophymcgee@az                      Jay Lawrence jlawrence@azleg.gov
    Senator Judy Burgess jburgess@azleg.gov                                Tony Navarrete tnavarrete@azleg.gov
    ator Rick Gray rgray@azleg.gov                                           Pamela Powers Hannley ppowershannley@azleg.gov
                                                                                                      Tony Rivero trivero@azleg.gov
                                                                                                       Maria Syms msyms@azleg.gov
                                                                                                       Michelle Udall mudall@azleg.gov

    From time to time we will send alerts and request you email these legislators immediately to express your opinion on the issue that is coming before them in committee. You should also reach out to your personal Representative or Senator. If you are not sure who that is, you can go to azleg.gov to look it up.

    Thursday, March 1st is AzDHA 2018 Capitol Day
    Don’t miss this opportunity to educate legislators about the important work of dental hygienists!  Here’s the plan for the day:
    8:00      Check-in; Light Continental Breakfast; Snacks Available All Day
    8:15      Updates, Legislator Meeting Assignments & Logistics
    9:00      Various Activities Including Meetings with Legislators, Committee Meetings, Capitol Museum Tour
    1:15      House and Senate Floor Sessions, Group’s Introduction to Legislators
    2:00      Meetings with Legislators Continue
    3:00      Capitol Day Concludes
    Arizona State Capitol Complex, 1700 W Washington, Phoenix, 85007 - Meeting Room: Historic Supreme Court Chambers (in the Old Capitol Building).
    NOTE: Before you start the registration process, please visit 
    https://openstates.org/ to find out your legislative district and legislators.

    Registration is FREE! – CLICK HERE - Registration deadline: February 25th!

    A reminder of this month’s Spirit of Community donation items for March for Street kids- UMOM :
    Personal care items (shampoo, soap, hair brushes, etc.)



    January Program Summary
    Build Your Advocacy Muscles: How to be an Effective Advocate


    If you missed this meeting, you missed a lot. Our panel included Representative Mark Cardenas, District 19, Jessie Armendt, Senior Associate, Compass Strategies lobbyist and Will Humble, Executive Director, Arizona Public Health Association.

    Rep. Cardenas started by telling us he is one of 14 members of the Appropriations Committee of the Arizona House of Representatives.These committees cover budget, appropriations, taxation and general expense related information. 
    If you want your bill funded, these committee members are who you need to get the attention of. Mark’s suggestions for getting their attention?
    • First remember that these representatives are part-time law makers with full time jobs elsewhere.
    • If you are a constituent within his zip code, he will take your call or read your email immediately. Be sure you are contacting the correct rep for your zip code.
    • Tell him a story about a patient or child and how your issue helped them. He will remember that when he is in session.
    • It means a lot to him when the public comes forward and testifies. He knows it is not an easy task. People must take time off work and/or find a babysitter, parking and wait for hours to get two minutes to speak.
    • You can also register on their website and weigh in on issues important to you from home.
    Ms. Armendt has seen very monumental shifts in Medicaid expansion and kids care. They’ve been chipping away at dental benefits for kids. The Governor has proposed $300 million for K-12 for next year because he is a passionate advocate.
    Jessie talked about different types of advocacy work:
    1. Grass Roots – where you are trying to create a movement in your community. You need to get people in your community to recruit others. It’s very effective, but also expensive, time consuming and hard to manage.
    2. Grass Tops: connecting with influential people (they don’t have to be well known or famous) who have a direct connection to their legislatures. You want to form a personal relationship with them.
    3. Lobbying: being involved at the Capital. Since it is hard for dental professionals to make it downtown to track their bills, some have formed professional organizations and hired a lobbyist to be there and be engaged at the Capital to amplify their voice.
    Jessie say a very valuable tool is to register on the “Request To Speak” system online. Once you register, you can show up the day of the bill and testify. If you can’t be there, you can register your comments online. You can now go to the Arizona House of Representatives website to complete the form at www. AZleg.gov.

    If you are following a particular bill, you can check agendas. Committees meet once a week and agendas are posted five business days before. Be aware that agendas can be amended up to two days before, with the exception of an appropriations bill, which can be changed or removed from the agenda up to the meeting time. The order of agendas can also change at meeting time, so be prepared to spend the day, even if your item is listed first on the agenda, as it can change. That is why groups who can afford to, hire a lobbyist whose job it is to be there and be the voice of your organization.

    Mr. Humble told us that trying to get things done in public health is a one-year process at best. The best time for the public to get things done is while the legislature is not in committee, because they are too busy with their full-time jobs and their legislative responsibilities.

    Will gave an example of how he builds relationships. It’s about working on the relationship, not just when you need something, but also thinking about how you can help the other person. Will gives a small donation to his district rep. He has her phone number and texts her when he finds things he thinks she might be interested in. Then, when he needs help, it is easier to get her attention because they have built a relationship.
    If you are a health care worker, getting certified with AzPHA will help you be better informed and appear as a credible source to get the attention of legislaters (http://www.azpha.org).

    Passing a bill into law is a long battle. For example, Governor Ducey’s agenda during his first year was restoration of oral health benefits for DDD. Year two was emergency dental benefits for everyone. Now in year three he is working on comprehensive oral health benefits for medicare and pregnant women. They break big issues down into steps and don’t go for everything all at once. It may take years, but there is a better chance to get things done.

    The first thing you need is to find a sponsor who is passionate about your issue. Ask yourself who in the house or senate is interested in oral health? Examples include:
    • Representative Cobb practiced as a dentist and has young children.
    • Representative Yee’s husband is a dentist.
    • If you have a relationship with AHCCCS Health Insurance, utilize it, because that will get their attention.
     Will summed up the discussion with the following:
    • Remember to build your relationships, help them whenever you can, stay engaged and use their personal email on the website azleg.gov.
    • Think about who has access to oral health by joining your association or coalition.
    • You can achieve anything if you have a collective voice.


    Spirit of Community Reminder:
    May: personal care items (hand lotion, hand sanitizer, etc.) Seniors at Oznam Manor
    July: Water for Andre House; Non-perishable food items for food banks
    September: Books to promote literacy- underserved kids
    November: Stuffed animals/ non-perishable food items Food pantries and police/fire department for traumatized children
    All above recipients also get 30 oral hygiene kits


    Western Regional Dental Experience: April 12-14, 2018. Glendale, AZ. Registration is open: www.westernregional.org

    ADHA 95th Annual Conference- June 20-23, 2018 Columbus, OH. Registration opens January 17, 2018 - www.ADHA.org/annual-conference

  • 20 Dec 2017 8:21 PM | Sue Barenholtz (Administrator)

    Seasons Greetings!  The Board of Directors is sure you are busy preparing for the holidays and looking back on events in 2017. It has been an interesting year- we have had challenges in health care – Congress chose not to renew CHIP, has made cuts to Medicaid and no one seems to know how the tax changes will impact each of us, so stay tuned. One piece of good news is the Arizona legislature will consider a bill on Dental Therapy in the next session.

    MOLAR has also had changes. In November we lost our coordinator. We posted an ad with the Alliance of Non-profits and are pleased to share we hired a new coordinator on December 7th. On January 12th you will have the opportunity to meet Sue Barenholtz, the new coordinator.  In the short time Sue has been with MOLAR she has already made some positive changes. Sue brings a wealth of experience in non-profit organizations.

    Some of you may have heard that the Arizona Community Dental Clinic will close the end of December. We will host our last meeting at the clinic on January 12th and are actively looking for a new meeting location in central Phoenix.  The MOLAR Board thanks the Arizona Dental Association Foundation for their long- term support of MOLAR.

    Build Your Advocacy Muscles: How to be an Effective Advocate
    Distinguished Panelists:
    Representative Mark Cardenas, District 19
    Jessie Armendt, Senior Associate, Compass Strategies lobbyist
    Will Humble, Executive Director, Arizona Public Health Association

    You asked the Board for a meeting on advocacy and we have a great meeting planned for January 12th- “Build Your Advocacy Muscles: How to be an Effective Advocate” . Read their bios in the meeting announcement below and register early to save your seat. Please think about your questions for the panel to best take advantage of their expertise.  This meeting will prepare you to advocate for Dental Therapy and funding for pregnant women on AHCCCS during the legislative session. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER 

    January Is Membership Renewal Month. Please come prepared to pay your dues for 2018 at the January meeting. Our dues have not increased! Only $35 for Individuals; $75 for Organizations (3 people), $500 for Corporations, Students FREE! You can also renew your membership or join online. Just CLICK HERE.

    If you renewed in October, November or December you are paid for 2018. We THANK YOU for your membership. Please invite colleagues and community members to come join us – the more diversified we are the better for all of us. Anyone interested in oral health is encouraged to become a member.

    A reminder of this month’s Spirit of Community donation item: New or gently used blankets for Central Arizona Shelter Services.  FYI: Walmart has fleece blankets for $2.50 each in their bedding department.

    Finally, the Board wishes you a Happy Hanukkah and Merry Christmas, as well as a Healthy, Happy New Year!  See you January 12, 2018!




    Build Your Advocacy Muscles:
    How to be an Effective Advocate



    Mark Cardenas State Representative Legislative District 19. An Iraq War Army Veteran, Mark served as a Sergeant in the Army Reserves and managed a multi-million-dollar budget, demonstrating the importance of fiscal responsibility and safeguarding our tax dollars.  As a legislator, Mark supported ground-breaking legislation to expand AHCCCS coverage and increase funding for K-12 schools.  For the past 5 years, he has fought hard for increased funding for public education, to expand health coverage for hundreds of thousands of low-income Arizonans, to get our veterans back to work, and to bring more jobs to all Arizonans. As a commissioner on the City of Phoenix’s Estrella Village Planning Committee, Mark is responsible for reviewing new zoning areas and land use proposals to promote sustainable neighborhood growth.  As a seasoned lawmaker, he brings fresh vision and insight to the lawmaking process to ensure we do not answer tomorrow’s questions with yesterday’s answers or unfairly burden future generations.

    Jessie Armendt, Senior Associate Compass Strategies, Lobbyist. Jessie Armendt has spent the last eight years around the state capitol, where she has developed experience in healthcare, public safety, education, liquor law, and animal welfare issues.  She is a graduate of Rice University where she received a bachelor of arts in philosophy. Armendt began her lobbying career as the Government Relations Coordinator at Williams and Associates, where she spent two years before moving to Arizona Governmental Affairs as Director.  Before entering into the policy realm, she spent a year in a philosophy PhD program at the University of Maryland and then returned to Arizona to work as a behavioral therapist for children with autism.


    Will Humble, Executive Director, Arizona Public Health Association. Will is a long term public health enthusiast, and is currently the Executive Director for the Arizona Public Health Association (AzPHA). His 30 years in public health include more than two decades at the Arizona Department of Health Services, where he served in various roles including Director from 2009 - 2015. He was a health policy director at the University of Arizona from 2015-2017. He continues to be involved in health policy in his role with AzPHA and as Adjunct Faculty with the UA Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health. He has a BS in Marketing from NAU, a BS in Microbiology from ASU, and a Masters in Public Health from the UC Berkeley. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science from the University of Arizona in 2015 for engaging partnerships between academic and executive public health.He serves on the Board of the Scottsdale Training and Rehabilitative Services (STARS) and the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association. (AzHHA). Will is a believer in using evidence-based health policy as a means to improving health outcomes and leading and managing with emotional intelligence.

    Location: Arizona Community Dental Clinic, 1150 E. Washington, Phoenix

    Spirit of Community Reminder: January new/gently used blankets for Central Arizona Shelter Services (CASS homeless shelter)



    November Donations:  At the November meeting MOLAR collected eight cans of chilli, two cans chicken noodle soup, two lbs pasta, two cans sauce, two cans of tuna and two cans of chicken, which were donated to Our Lady of the Valley, St. Vincent de Paul Society food pantry.  Five stuffed animals will be donated to the police or fire department for traumatized children. MOLAR also donated 108 toothbrushes (left over from the #Brushyourteethaz event) to the West Valley Child Crisis Center, for their foster families,

    Mark Your Calendars
    MOLAR Oral Health Coalition 2018 meeting Dates

    March 9, 2018, May 11, 2018, July 13, 2018, September 14, 2018, November 9, 2018

    COMING IN APRIL, 2018 -  Affiliated Practice Tool Kit
    16 hours of required continuing education. Stay tuned for more information.


    Continuing Education Opportunities: 

    Western Regional Dental Experience: April 12-14, 2018. Glendale, AZ. Registration is open: www.westernregional.org

    ADHA 95th Annual Conference- June 20-23, 2018 Columbus, OH. Registration opens January 17, 2018 - www.ADHA.org/annual-conference


    Spirit of Community Reminder:

    March: personal care items (shampoo, soap, hair brushes, etc.) Street kids- UMOM
    May: personal care items (hand lotion, hand sanitizer, etc.) Seniors at Oznam Manor
    July: Water for Andre House; Non-perishable food items for food banks
    September: Books to promote literacy- underserved kids
    November: Stuffed animals/ non-perishable food items Food pantries and police/fire department for traumatized children

    All above recipients also get 30 oral hygiene kits

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