Carson Douglas Oral Health Coalition
Friday, February 15, 2008
Nevada Public Health Foundation
Carson City, Nevada
Lori Benvin, Northern Nevada Dental Society
Vicky Chandler, Nevada Covering Kids & Family
Lori Cofano, Nevada State Health Division, Oral Health Program
Bonnie Dellner, Chief Nurse, Douglas County School District
Laurie Nickles, Nevada State Health Division, Oral Health Program
Mary Jane Ostrander, Douglas County Social Services
Rota Rosaschi, Nevada Public Health Foundation
Dr. Jennifer Yen, Pediatric Dentist
Via telephone conference:
Therese Litterer, Community Health Nurse, Douglas County
The meeting was called to order at 9:05 AM by Chairperson, Rota Rosaschi. Ms.
Rosaschi welcomed everyone. The minutes from the January 18, 2008 meeting were
reviewed. Vicky Chandler motioned to approve; Bonnie Dellner seconded; the minutes
Old Business: *(note: bolded entries indicate action is needed.)
Carson City – Laurie Nickles reported the second fluoride
varnish application for the two preschool classes at Mark Twain
Elementary School took place on Monday, February 4, 2008.
Vicky Chandler was there to offer information on
Medicaid/Nevada Check-Up and Karen Gonzalez, the OHP
Administrative Assistant, assisted with translation for the Spanish
Douglas County – Lori Cofano reported the initial fluoride
varnish applications at Meneley Elementary School took place on
Tuesday, February 12th and Wednesday 13th, 2008. Lori Cofano,
Laurie Nickles, Vicky Chandler, and Karen Gonzalez were at C.C.
Meneley to provide assistance. 85 kindergarten, extended day
kindergarten, and special education children received fluoride
varnish. The fluoride varnish used for this application was donated
by the Churchill, Lyon, Pershing and Storey Counties Regional
Oral Health Coalition (CLPS ROCH). Lori Cofano and Laurie
Nickles attended the Meneley parent group(PTO) meeting on
Tuesday, February 5, 2008 to request $200 in funding for future
fluoride varnish applications. The PTO voted not to fund the next
fluoride varnish application, stating they do not want to fund
medical treatment. The school nurse has offered to pay for the
next fluoride varnish treatment with funding from her
Therese Litterer asked for help in getting fluoride varnish
information out to Douglas County pre-schools. Laurie Nickles
offered to assist. Therese will send Laurie a list of the pre-
Laurie Nickles will be making a presentation to parents at both
Dresslerville and Stewart Head Start programs next week.
Mary Jane Ostrander reported the Washoe Tribal Health Clinic
will take Medicaid for medical however, will not take Medicaid for
dental. Existing non-tribal patients will continue to be seen
however, they will not accept new non-tribal patients. Mary Jane
will check into this further.
Give Kids A Smile – Bonnie Dellner reported that Dr. & Dr.
Park saw 32 children on Saturday, February 9, 2008 for GKAS. 20
of the children were from Minden Elementary School and the
remainder were from Pinon Hills, Gardnerville, and Zephyr Cove
elementary schools. Procedures included extractions, fillings, and
prophys. Lori Benvin reported that Dr. Tony Guillen also
participated in GKAS day. Lori will check into whether Dr.
Guillen provided treatment for any children from areas other
Rota Rosaschi asked if Lori Benvin could check into a
monetary number for the pro-bono work done by Dr. & Dr.
Rota suggested the coalition send Rebecca Oxoby, school nurse at
Minden Elementary School (MES), a thank you for facilitating the
GKAS day at the Park’s dental office in Gardnerville. Bonnie will
provide Rota with the mailing address for MES.
Lori Benvin will check into services provided by Dr. Perry
Francis and Dr. Tamara Robison for GKAS day.
Laurie Nickles suggested it might be nice to have an article in the
Record-Courier about the GKAS day services donated by Dr. &
Dr. Park. Lori Cofano suggested that Laurie check with them
prior to calling the Record-Courier.
Lori Benvin noted that Doral will be taking over from Wellpoint and
Medicaid reimbursements are expected to decrease by 20% or more. The
dentists were only given one week to fill out the new application for
Doral. There were issues with Wellpoint paying claims. Lori will fax a
copy of the letter to Rota and Vicky.
Dr. Yen wants to know why reimbursements will be decreasing. She has a
meeting with Medicaid following the CDOHC meeting today.
Vicky Chandler noted at the Progressive Leadership Alliance meeting
Assemblywoman Sheila Leslie discussed trying to get funding to eliminate
the recently imposed cap on Nevada Check-Up.
Saturday, April 26, 2008 10:00 AM – 2:00PM Carson City Health
Department (CCHD)and Douglas High School(DHS).
Rota asked Vicky Chandler if she could provide Nevada
It will be the same day in Carson City. Location and hours to be
Dr. Yen volunteered to be at Douglas High School and will also
Vicky mentioned the Immunization Coalition is having a meeting
on Wednesday, February 20, 2008 at 9:00 AM at Saint Mary’s
Foundation 520 W. 6th St. in Reno.
Rota asked if the Northern Nevada Dental Health Program
(NNDHP) would like to be a part of Immunization Day.
Fluoride varnish will be applied by:
Carson City Health Department: Dr. Amity Gardner
Douglas High School: Dr. Jennifer Yen
Laurie Nickles mentioned the Oral Health Program has received a
donation of 3,200 applications of fluoride varnish that do not
expire until 2009.
Vicky Chandler asked if a sign-in sheet could be created for
those attending the Immunization Day that would like fluoride
varnish. She asked if Rota could talk to Marena Works about
having children receive fluoride varnish before they receive
Lori Cofano volunteered the Oral Health Program to make
copies of the post-fluoride varnish instructions.
Laurie Nickles suggested a list of supplies needed be created
and then seek donations.
Bonnie Dellner volunteered to donate 3”x 3” gauze and vinyl
gloves for DHS.
Lori Benvin may be able to get flashlights donated.
Hand sanitizer will also be needed.
CCHD needs donated supplies and more volunteers.
Next meeting get an update from Rota Rosaschi on Saint
Theresa’s and fluoride varnish.
Access to Care Questionnaire:
Lori Cofano reported that Karen Gonzalez, the OHP
Administrative Assistant is working on putting the information into
a database. It should be done by the next week.
State Oral Health Summit:
The four workgroups at the State Oral Health Summit discussed
prevention strategies such as fluoride; sustainability of the Oral
Health Program; State Oral Health Officer position; and oral health
One of the key points addressed at the summit was the significance
of the coalitions and their importance in the upcoming legislative
Lori Benvin asked Rota Rosaschi if she could invite Bonnie
Parnell to the next coalition meeting.
Lori Cofano discussed the possibility of a fiduciary for the
CDOHC. She noted an example of a fiduciary for one of the other
coalitions is the United Way. The Clark County Oral Health
Coalition has obtained 501(c)(3) status.
Vicky Chandler asked if the Nevada Public Health Foundation
(NPHF) could possibly serve as the fiduciary for the coalition.
The Committees did not break out.
o Lori Cofano suggested that for the time being the Primary Care
Connection Committee be put on hold in order to direct the
coalition’s focus on the Access to Care and Education and
Legislative Committees. All in attendance agreed.
o Coalition members agreed to focus on the Immunization Day,
Access to Care and Education and the results of the Oral Health
Summit at the March meeting.
o In April the focus will be on the Legislative Committee and the
coalition will break into two Committees.
o At the request of Chris Wood, who was unable to attend the
meeting, Lori Cofano asked the coalition members if they would
be interested in obtaining funds through Google ads.
o The group discussed the topic and decided more information was
o Lori Cofano will find out more and report at the next meeting.
Meeting adjourned at 11:00 am.
Next Meeting Date:
Friday, March 14, 2008 9:00-11:00AM at the Austin’s House in Douglas County
**Conference call option will be available.