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October 2015 E-newsletter




MOTIVATE Earns $100,000 Grant from DentaQuest Foundation 

In celebration of National Dental Hygiene Month in October, Lunder-Dineen is pleased to announce that it has received a $100,000 grant from the DentaQuest Foundation for its MOTIVATE oral health initiative to improve oral health education and further assess barriers to oral health care in Maine.

Lunder-Dineen was chosen based on its commitment to providing quality, free health education and bettering the lives of its community members through the MOTIVATE initiative. The sizeable grant will be used to develop the innovative, blended-learning, interprofessional education framework to address the identified gaps from the needs assessment research.

The DentaQuest Foundation has committed itself to supporting organizations through grant-making efforts to build the oral health network at the local, state and national level. The goals of the funding are consistent with the DentaQuest Foundation’s Oral Health 2020 campaign, which emphasizes a reduction in childhood oral disease, inclusion of oral health in the public education system and expansion of dental benefits under the Medicare and Medicaid programs.

“We’re excited to partner with Lunder-Dineen, a proven advocate for health education,” said Ralph Fuccillo, president of the DentaQuest Foundation. “Our mission is to improve the oral health of all, and by engaging with Lunder-Dineen, we look forward to supporting their important efforts in Maine.”

After analyzing identified gaps and opportunities, the MOTIVATE initiative will leverage the support from the DentaQuest Foundation and the infrastructure and curriculum development expertise of Massachusetts General Hospital, Lunder-Dineen, and beyond to develop a model of interprofessional education in partnership with the MOTIVATE advisory team. This model will enable care teams to provide effective, efficient oral health care to older adults as part of a patient-centered care model.

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Lunder-Dineen Presents at National Oral Health Conference

Lunder-Dineen Executive Director Labrini Nelligan and Senior Program Manager Denise O’Connell presented a breakout session on MOTIVATE in October at DentaQuest’s third annual Oral Health 2020 National Network Gathering in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The event was the foundation's largest gathering ever with 250 people from all 50 states in attendance, and allowed participants to connect with new partners, challenge one another, and track against the six Oral Health 2020 goals to improve lifelong oral health and eradicate dental disease.

 Innovations in Care Delivery: The Attending Registered Nurse 

This session was recorded during Massachusetts General Hospital's October 2013 International Nursing Symposium entitled Innovation in Care Delivery: Advancing a Professional Practice Environment.
The Attending Registered Nurse (ARN) role ensures collaboration among the health care team and provides patients and families with a consistent presence throughout, and following, their hospitalization. Initial and ongoing professional development of the ARNs is a key component to the success of the role, while the core competencies allow the ARN to serve as a clinical coordinator, facilitator, and mentor in order to cultivate a safe, efficient and effective environment of care.

Faculty: Gino Chisari, RN, DNP

The intended target audience for this program is registered nurses.


Notes from the Field: Avoiding Common Errors in the Care of Older Adults 

This session was recorded during the University of New England’s 23rd Annual Maine Geriatrics Conference.
Often referred to as the “silver tsunami,” the growing wave of older patients has only just begun to affect our health care system. Maine, with the oldest population in the country, will continue to be a bellwether for the nation. Common pitfalls in fall evaluation, medication management, and care transitions pose special risks for elderly persons in our communities. In this session, actual patient experiences as recorded by a house call doctor highlight challenges and suggest solutions for this vulnerable demographic.

Faculty: Robert S. Anderson, Jr., MD

The intended target audience for this program is registered physicians, nurses, and other professionals involved in the care of older adults.


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