2023 Missouri Oral Health Policy Pre-Conference Webinars

There are no fees for CEs or attendance, but you must register for each webinar you would like to attend.   Registrants will receive a link for the webinar a few days prior to the meeting.  Please save the date on your calendar now. 

 What's Up with That? - HRSA Oral Health

Speaker: Adam Barefoot, DMD, MPH

Chief Dental Officer and Population Based Oral Health Improvement Leader

Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSAgov), HHS

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Course Description: The presentation will cover activities and efforts across the various HRSA offices and bureaus that are working to improve oral health access and outcomes and reduce disparities. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Overview of HRSA agency organizational structure
  • Description of organizational efforts across bureaus and offices to improve oral health
  • Navigating HRSA Funding
  • Relevant tools and resources to support oral health efforts in the community

Adam Barefoot, DMD, MPH

As Chief Dental Officer and Population Based Oral Health Improvement Leader at Health Resources and Services Administration Dr. Barefoot provides leadership and coordination on oral health policy and initiatives, facilitates HRSA engagement in oral health related work groups, committees and task forces. He also serves as the HRSA liaison to international, national, state and local government agencies, universities and stakeholder organizations. Dr. Barefoot serves on the Board of the American Network of Oral Health Coalitions, and is the former Georgia Oral Health Director. Dr. Barefoot has a DMD (University of Florida), and a Master of Public Health degree (University of New England). 

This speaker has declared no commercial conflict of interest relative to this presentation.

  Medicaid 101 for Dental Providers

Speaker: Amanda Fahrendorf

Listen to Recording Here

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There are PowerPoints specific to Dental and a General PowerPoint that discusses eligibility, spend down, and resources.


Course Description: The webinar will give an overview of the Missouri Medicaid (MO HealthNet) system for dental providers. (Conference registrants are encouraged to attend this webinar in preparation for the MO HealthNet dental panel at the conference.)

Learning Objectives: 

  • Attendees will understand the basics of MO HealthNet participant types
  • Attendees will understand the overall parameters of the MO HealthNet system
  • Attendees will understand the basics of being a MO HealthNet provider  

Amanda Fahrendorf

 Amanda Fahrendorf is a Lead Education and Training Specialist located in the Department of Social Services (DSS), MO HealthNet Division (MHD), Education and Training Unit. She provides education and training to MHD providers, participants and staff. Amanda graduated in 2009, from William Woods University, Adult Studies Program with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management.

 During her 21 years of tenure with DSS, she has worked for Child Support Enforcement, Children’s Division, and MHD. In MHD, as well as serving as an educator, Amanda has been a Correspondence and Information Specialist with the Clinical/Exceptions Hotline and a Medicaid Specialist with the Clinical Programs & Policy Unit.

As the Lead Education and Training Specialist, Amanda has spoken with many groups about changes in MO HealthNet policies. She has used these opportunities to build strong relationships with our providers and sister agencies to streamline processes to serve our providers and participants better. She provides training and interpretation of MHD policy, program limitations and benefits, and proper billing procedures.  She trains providers through webinars, workshops and one-on-one discussions.

This speaker has declared no commercial conflict of interest relative to this presentation.

   The Impact of HPV Vaccinations - Oral Health at the Center

Sponsored by the MO DHSS Office of Dental Health

Virtual Lecture & Power Point; 1.5 CDE, No prerequisites required

Speaker: Dr. Jacqueline Miller

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Course Description: Eight out of ten of us will be infected with Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) sometime in our lifetime. More importantly, as dental professionals, we may be the first to identify the signs of oropharyngeal cancers (OPC). Are you aware that 70% of OPCs are caused by HPV? More than 34,000 cancers can be prevented each year, because over 90% of HPV cancers are preventable through HPV vaccination. Unfortunately, HPV vaccination rates have decreased in Missouri since 2019 and Missouri falls behind the national average. A novel approach to increasing HPV vaccination rates will be presented which has been documented to be highly successful.

Learning Objectives:

  • Raise awareness of the importance of the HPV vaccination to prevent oral cancer
  • Teach the dental team how to educate patients on the importance of the HPV vaccination series
  • Increase awareness of the program utilized in New Jersey to boost HPV vaccination rates in FQHCs and the implementation in Missouri clinics

Dr. Jacqueline Miller, DDS, MS, MPH

Dr. Jacqueline Miller is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthodontics and a Fellow of the International College of Dentists and the American College of Dentists. She is a member of the Southwest County Dental Society, the Missouri Society of Orthodontists, Midwestern Society of Orthodontists, American Association of Orthodontists, and the Washington University Orthodontic Study Club. 
Dr. Miller served 11 years in the Midwestern Society of Orthodontists culminating in serving as the first female president of the Midwestern Society of Orthodontists in 2011. Dr. Miller serves on the MCOH Board of Directors representing the state of Missouri.
Dr. Miller is a founding member and vice president of the Washington Overseas Medical and Dental Mission. Since 1992, she has organized dental mission trips to third world countries. She helped establish a daycare and dental clinic in Pimienta, Honduras. Dr. Miller received the Spirit of Mercy Physician Award from St. John’s Mercy Hospital in recognition of her many humanitarian activities. In 2016, the American Association of Orthodontists awarded Dr. Miller the “Humanitarian of the Year,” and the Midwestern Society of Orthodontists gave Dr. Miller the “Earl E. Shepard Distinguished Service Award” for her service to the Midwestern Society and her volunteer efforts.

This speaker has declared no commercial conflict of interest relative to this presentation.

 Oral Health Advocacy Skill Development 

Virtual Lecture & Power Point; 1.5 CDE, No prerequisites required

Speakers: Gary Harbison & Ashley Herrman

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Course Description: This presentation will provide an overview of the basics of oral health advocacy, including working with elected officials to promote good oral health policy. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will understand what oral health advocacy is and its importance
  • Participants will understand preparation for advocating
  • Participants will understand the basics of talking with elected officials

 Taking the World by Storm – Innovation in Dental Sealant Application

Sponsored by the MO DHSS Office of Dental Health

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Virtual Lecture & Power Point; 1.5 CDE, No prerequisites required

Speakers: Jill Pyle, RDH, BS, & Latasha Vick, DDS, MHS

At the conclusion of the presentation, participants should be able to:

  • Describe current clinical practice guideline for pit-and fissure sealants.
  • Apply the American Dental Association Caries Classification System to define when sealants are and are not indicated.
  • Assess erupted 1st and 2nd molars in need of sealants in the outreach setting using teledentistry and how the process occurs.

Jill Pyle, RDH, BS, MSEd

Jill Pyle is employed at Missouri Southern State University as the Dental Hygiene Program Director. She has been a dental hygienist for 23 years. She currently holds degrees in Associate of Dental Hygiene, Bachelors of Science in Biology, and Masters of Education Curriculum and Instruction, all of which were obtained at Missouri Southern State University. Ms. Pyle teaches Community Dental Health Education and Practicum and oversees two Teledentistry grants through the Department of Health and Senior Services.

Latasha Vick, DDS, MHS

Latasha Vick, DDS, is the Director of Community Based Outreach and Education at Kansas City University. She has a heart for education and she looks forward to advancing educational and oral health in communities. Outside of work, she has five of the world's coolest nieces who remain busy with sporting events and agriculture. On Sunday morning, you may find her volunteering in the Hope City Cafe. Independent of what she is doing, she hopes to demonstrate the love of Christ, leave a positive impression, and encourage those around her.