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Moda Negotiating A Major Infusion of Capital

Confidential sources tell The Lund Report that a deal is in the works that could eventually lead to another insurance company holding a majority of seats on Moda's board.

Speculation has swirled for years that Moda Health, Inc. would fail or be taken over.

Now it looks as if it will be the latter. 

Oregon Dental Association Urges State Officials to Hire Dental Health Director

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New executive director Conor McNulty said a state-level position would help integrate dental care into the rest of the healthcare system

The Oregon Dental Association plans to continue to provide charitable dental care and oral health educational programs – and is urging state officials to hire a state director of dental health, according to the association's new director.

Conor McNulty took the reins of the Oregon Dental Association in February, after spending nine years in a similar role with the California Dental Association, the nation's largest dental association, where he held a number of leadership roles, most recently director of membership programs.

Oregon Dental Association Wants to Teach You How To Brushy

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Dance video promoting good dental health already has over 130,000 hits

July 20, 2012 -- It’s time for parents and kids to do the “Brushy,” a new dance craze from the Oregon Dental Association (ODA) designed to inspire families to brush, floss and rinse their way to a super fly mouth. There have been over 130,000 views already!

Philomath Citizens Vote to Resume Public Water Fluoridation

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March 13, 2012 -- The residents of Philomath voted in favor of water fluoridation this week, reversing a prior decision made last May from their city council to end fluoridation after over 30 years.  Their vote ensures that their community will once again have all the health benefits of fluoridated water. Dismissing un-scientific arguments against fluoride, this election recognizes over 60 years of research that supports the safety and effectiveness of fluoridation as the best public health solution for protecting every citizen’s dental health.

Free 2-day Dental Clinic in Portland

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November 18, 2011 -- The Oregon Dental Association (ODA) is hosting its second Oregon Mission of Mercy (OrMOM) free dental clinic November 21st & 22nd at the Oregon Convention Center.

Just like last year, dental screenings and services will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis, at no charge to those who attend. “Last year just proved to us what we already knew; there is a great need for access to critical dental care,” stated the 2011 OrMOM Chair, Dr. Jill Price.

Rural Oregon Losing Dentists

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Few new graduates find rural areas appealing because of their debt load

November 10, 2011 -- The days of selling a private dental practice in rural Oregon are coming to an end, in part, because of the overwhelming debt faced by new graduates.

Dr. Gary Brooks knows that well. In the past ten years, he’s been approached by only three dentists interested in buying his practice, and none of them came back with an actual offer.

“With the amount of loans new dentists come out of school with, they can’t afford to buy a practice,” said Brooks, who’s been practicing in Willamina since 1975.

Oregon Dental Association Offers Free Clinic

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The event will be held Nov. 22-23 at the Oregon Convention Center and is expected to draw 2,000 participants
August 18, 2010 -- The Oregon Dental Association (ODA) is organizing the state’s first Mission of Mercy, a two-day clinic providing free dental care to uninsured children and adults.
 

New Dental Therapy Program Could Ease Shortage

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But the Oregon Dental Association remains critical of the effort despite its success in Minnesota and Alaska

May 19, 2010 -- Serious discussions are under way about creating a new category of dental care providers to deal with the impending shortage of dentists, similar to efforts in Minnesota and Alaska. But the Oregon Dental Association is raising red flags.  

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