Monthly Archives: January 2014

Oral health coverage and health care reform

The Pierce County Oral Health Coalition is proud to organize a presentation on Feb. 12, on oral health coverage issues and health care reform. Continuing education (CE) credits are available.

  • Restoration of adult dental Medicaid benefits in Washington State.  Presentation by Dianne Baum, Dental Program Administrator, Washington Health Care Authority, 1-2 p.m.
  • Pediatric dental benefits on the Washington Health Benefit Exchange (HBE). Presentation by Christine Gibert, HBE Senior Policy Analyst, 2-3 p.m.

The first presentation by Baum begins at 1 p.m., followed by Gibert at 2 p.m. Both presentations will take place at Evergreen State College-Tacoma Campus, located at 1201 6th Street, Tacoma, WA 98405. For a map, please go here.

The event is recommended for oral health professionals and providers and individuals and groups who work with populations who may eligible for these new benefits made possible through health care reform at the state and federal level.

Lunch will be provided; please RSVP by Feb. 6 at, or use our contact page.  Space may be limited. A copy of the flyer for the event can be found here.

Note: Gibert’s presentation was recently confirmed, and those who have already sent an RSVP for Baum’s presentation do not need to reply again.

Upcoming community events … dental and more

Pierce County residents have many opportunities in January and February to connect with health, oral health, and personal care resources. Please spread the word about these wonderful PCOHC-member sponsored events:

  • Project Homeless ConnectSpanaway: Health care enrollment, dental, medical and other personal care services, Jan. 25, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Spanaway Middle School, 15701 B Street E.
  • Children’s Dental Health Day – Puyallup South Hill Mall: Free dental screenings, mobile dental van, community resources, and much more, Feb. 22, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.


Pierce County dentists recognized as early learning champions

Dr. Lisa Block and Dr. Mark Kadoshima holding awards given by First 5 FUNdamentals for their work as early learning champions.

Dr. Lisa Block and Dr. Mark Kadoshima hold awards given by First Five  FUNdamentals for their work as early learning champions.

Congratulations to Pierce County dentists Dr. Lisa Block (Harbor Kids Teeth) and Dr. Mark Kadoshima (Light Touch Dental) for being named Pierce County “Early Learning Champions.”

The pair were chosen because of their leadership as Access to Baby & Child Dentistry (ABCD) champions, providers, and educators. The Pierce County early learning consortium First Five FUNdamentals presented the dentists with this award at the December 2013 ABCD community meeting. Read more …