P O Box 44708, Phoenix, AZ 85064

December 2017 Newsletter

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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