Newsletter September 2021

Register Now for the 2021 Idaho Oral Health Summit 

This free virtual summit is set for September 24, 25, and October 1, and is sponsored by Delta Dental of Idaho, PacificSource Health Plans, Willamette Dental Group, and the Idaho Rural Health Association. All oral health champions are welcome. Free dental continuing education credits will be offered. To learn more and register, visit: Check back for more information about speakers, sessions, and attendee prizes. 

2021-2026 Idaho Oral Health Improvement Plan Finished 

The IOHA is pleased to announce that the 2021-2026 Idaho Oral Health Improvement Plan is finished and available at This third iteration of the state plan was collaboratively created with input from a 51-member work group. It outlines a common agenda with measures designed to foster statewide support to improve three priority areas: Prevention, Access, and Policy/Infrastructure. We hope it will serve as a call to action for all oral health champions to work together to improve the oral health and whole health of all who live within the borders of Idaho. Thank you to all who helped write this next plan. 

Idaho Oral Health Workforce Assessment 2021 Released 

The Idaho Oral Health Program is pleased to release the first ever oral health workforce assessment for the state. The Executive Summary highlights the project purpose: This assessment and report were completed to identify the current oral health workforce and to promote future discussions on areas of improvement, strategies for continued successes, and how the entire oral health workforce can serve the oral health needs of all Idahoans. To learn more about this project, the results, and the report, register for the 2021 Idaho Oral Health Summit or access the report on the Idaho Oral Health Program website

AHEC Scholarship Application Closes Sept. 30 

The SW Idaho AHEC (Area Health Education Council) has opened its application for the 2021-2023 cohort of WWAMI AHEC Scholars Program. This nationally-recognized interdisciplinary educational and training program focuses on preparing a diverse, culturally competent healthcare workforce specializing in rural and underserved areas. For details and to apply, visit 

Job Announcement 

Idaho Oral Health Program: The Idaho Oral Health Program within the Idaho Dept. of Health & Welfare has an opening for a Limited Service Health Program Specialist. To view the announcement, visit 

Survey for Project Firstline 

Project Firstline is a CDC program that provides engaging, innovative, and effective infection control trainings for healthcare workers. The Idaho Project Firstline program is housed within the Idaho Dept. of Health & Welfare, and the Idaho coordinator is deploying a learning needs assessment to determine infection control education needs in Idaho for frontline workers.  

Any questions about the survey or the program can be directed to Danielle Henry, Idaho Project Firstline Coordinator, 

ISU Community Health Worker Training Starts Sept. 7 

Idaho State University will start its next CHW training program on Sept. 7. The cost of the 13-week CHW core curriculum training is $175, includes a choice of five health specific modules, and is led by instructor, Luis Lagos. Course delivery format includes live online classroom sessions and asynchronous (self-paced) learning. For details or to register, visit or contact Suzanne Shemwell at 208-373-1764 or 

Thank you for all you do to support the oral health needs of all who live within the borders of Idaho.