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MCNA Dental became a proud partner of Broadmoor Elementary School to support increased oral health awareness and education for students, and to promote literacy. This new partnership was kicked off on May 14, 2015, when MCNA Dental's outreach specialists visited with 100 pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students to teach them about good oral health and demonstrate proper oral hygiene habits. Samantha Feingold-Criss, Vice President of External Affairs and Deputy Legal Counsel, then treated the children to a special story time where she read MCNA Dental's first-ever children's book, Itty Bitty Baby Teeth.
A special appearance by Enid Weisman, the mayor of Aventura, and Dr. Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall, School Board Member for Broadmoor Elementary, underlined the importance of MCNA Dental's outreach at the school. "It was a home run when MCNA visited Broadmoor Elementary School!The students got vital information about the importance of proper dental hygiene, books were donated to the classes, and MCNA became the school's Dade Partner," said Mayor Weisman. "MCNA truly understands the importance of corporate partnerships to public education. Kudos to them."
According to Mrs. Feingold-Criss, "The spirit of giving back is an intrinsic part of MCNA Dental's corporate culture. Partnerships like the one we have formed with Broadmoor Elementary are priceless opportunities that allow us to channel that spirit into outreach that helps the most vulnerable children in our communities achieve better oral and overall health."
MCNA Dental donated 100 books to the Broadmoor Elementary school library as well as $500 toward student supplies. Outreach specialists also provided each child with a backpack full of giveaways including a dental kit, a water bottle, a copy of Itty Bitty Baby Teeth, and another children's book. All books and funds given to the school were made possible by MCNA Dental's Inaugural Book Drive, in which MCNA's employees donated over 7,500 books and raised over $1,000 in celebration of May as Get Caught Reading Month. The company provided a match of $1 for every book and $1 for each dollar raised to bring the total funds available for outreach visits to schools in Texas, Florida, and Louisiana to almost $9,000.
MCNA is pleased to welcome Jack S. Greenman, MBA, CPA, into several key leadership roles within our organization. Mr. Greenman has been appointed to the Board of Directors of Managed Care of North America, Inc. He has also been appointed to the Board of Directors of MCNA Insurance Company based in San Antonio, Texas. He will serve as the chairman of the audit committee of each board.
Mr. Greenman is a senior healthcare financial executive with over 30 years of experience that includes management and oversight of state regulatory compliance and high-level financial operations.
"I am delighted to join the MCNA Boards of Directors and hope my experience in the field of managed care will be a valuable contribution to the company's growth. MCNA's commitment to providing quality dental care to its members and service excellence to its providers and plan partners is a testament to abilities of the management team and family of employees," said Mr. Greenman. "The company's model of managed dental health care and its exemplary execution of daily operations provides value to all of its constituents."
"We are confident in Mr. Greenman's dedication to quality results and look forward to benefitting from his expertise in healthcare finance," said Dr. Jeffrey Feingold, Chairman of the Board of Directors. "His service on our Boards of Directors will contribute to the strength of our team by adding a new dimension of insight as we grow to provide access to oral health care for more children in other states."
Mr. Greenman is the Chief Financial Officer of Univita Healthcare, Inc. Before entering his current position, he was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Scott Holdings, LLC. He previously served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Florida Healthplan Administrators, LLC, a healthcare management entity that owned and managed Vista Healthplans. Mr. Greenman's experience also includes senior executive financial leadership positions with Cybear, Inc., FPA Medical Management, Inc., and Sterling Healthcare Group, Inc.
MCNA Dental's Community Outreach team worked with a total of 346 children to assist them in learning about good oral health and the way nutrition affects the teeth and gums during events in Metairie and Paulina, Louisiana. Our team first visited Causeway Head Start in Metairie on May 6, 2015, where they met with children aged 3 - 5 years old. Community outreach specialists played interactive games and completed educational demonstrations teaching children how to brush and floss their teeth. All children received dental kits and oral health flyers to take home to their parents.
At the Louisiana Body Walk in Paulina, Louisiana, students in kindergarten through fifth grade classes walked through a 35 by 45-foot enclosed exhibit of the human body. The display was featured on May 7, 2015, at St. Peter Chanel Interparochial Elementary School. Our team greeted children at the "mouth" and asked them questions about oral health and good nutrition. Children were also encouraged to practice the correct method for flossing on oversized teeth. MCNA Dental provided dental kits, water bottles, and oral health educational flyers for all participants to take home in addition to the Body Walk activity book.
The Body Walk is one part of the Smart Bodies Program, which teaches children about the importance of good nutrition and being physically active so they can make informed choices for a healthy lifestyle. For more information, please visit the Smart Bodies website at http://www.smartbodies.org/site.
MCNA is proud to introduce our Care Connections Team, a new way for our network dentists to reach out to our members. The Care Connections Team is made up of skilled outreach specialists who are equipped to complete outbound calls to members who are overdue for a regular dental checkup according to the American Association of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) periodicity schedule. MCNA continues its tradition of provider-friendly services with the establishment of this specialized outreach team. The Care Connections Team is the latest in our ongoing development of tools and resources designed to ease the administrative burden of our network providers.
"Our Care Connections Team allows our providers to rely on MCNA for help in reminding and encouraging members to seek the important preventive dental care that is key to their good oral health," said Shannon Boggs-Turner, Vice President of Operations. "We identified a need in our community of providers and responded with this service to take on the responsibility of personally contacting each member identified in an effort to increase the number of children receiving preventive dental care."
Each call MCNA's Care Connections Team makes serves as a reminder that is it time for a checkup with the dentist and provides the member with education about preventive dental services. The interaction also includes encouragement to make an appointment with the dentist immediately with an offer of scheduling assistance. All network providers are welcome to contact MCNA's Provider Hotline to find out more about this service.
MCNA was proud to once again be a statewide partner for Children's Week at the Florida state capitol held April 12 - 17, 2015, in Tallahassee. As part of an exciting new feature of this year's celebration, MCNA hosted a storytelling booth in Storybook Village where over 1,500 children were registered to explore. We connected with children during live readings of MCNA's exclusive book Itty Bitty Baby Teeth, which explains the childhood process of losing baby teeth to make way for adult teeth.
MCNA created the book to ease children's fears about losing teeth and encourage healthy oral hygiene habits to take care of new teeth. Each child that visited the MCNA booth was given a free copy of Itty Bitty Baby Teeth along with a dental kit to encourage daily brushing and flossing at home.
"Each year that we have attended and supported Children's Week has been a rewarding experience, but this year was quite special with the unveiling of our children's book," said Kendra Aracena, Quality Improvement Manager. "I was excited to be able to share with so many children the book we created specifically for them, and to see the joy on their faces when they each received their own copy to take home and enjoy."
MCNA's outreach mascot, a friendly tooth, was on hand to act out parts of the story and pose for photos with the children, students, teachers, parents, and advocates who walked through Storybook Village that day. Our trained dental hygienists also provided in-person oral hygiene education, demonstrating the proper techniques for brushing and flossing. Children were able to practice these activities and ask questions. MCNA engages in a robust Community Outreach Program designed to bring important education about oral health to children and families across the state. Events like Children's Week provide an excellent opportunity for us to advocate for children's oral health along with our other community partners.
Children's Week also included the traditional Hanging of the Hands Dedication Ceremony where 100,000 paper hands were put on display in support of children across the state. Key stakeholders and other visitors took part in tours of the state capitol and networking events focused on child advocacy concerns.
"Children's Week is an important event that allows us to seek out partnerships with community and foster agencies in the regions we serve," said Oteasa Townsend-Hardy, Director of Quality Improvement. "We welcome all opportunities to join with other stakeholders. These lasting partnerships enable us to reach more of Florida's children with oral health education and help in obtaining Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) dental services."
MCNA worked in partnership with the Louisiana Dental Association (LDA) and hundreds of other professional volunteers to make a difference in the lives of less fortunate adults and children at the LDA Foundation's Mission of Mercy event this year in Baton Rouge. The free dental clinic, held at the Armed Forces Reserve Center on February 27 and 28, provided over $950,000 in dental care to 1,500 patients.
Trudy Landreneau, a licensed dental hygienist and Provider Relations representative with MCNA, volunteered at the event and was grateful for the level of organization and hard work put into the clinic by the LDA, which ensured that volunteers had access to everything they needed in order to provide dental services. The dental care provided included x-rays, exams, cleanings, fillings, extractions, anterior root canals, and front teeth transitional partials.
"The Mission of Mercy was so well-equipped and well-run by the LDA that it inspired me to work as long as possible to be able to help as many patients as I could," said Ms. Landreneau. "I was deeply impressed by the dedication of my fellow volunteers, all dental professionals from across the state, who truly represented the heart of dentistry by donating their time and expertise to those who could not otherwise access the dental care they needed."
Opportunities like the LDA Foundation's Mission of Mercy allow MCNA to give back to the community and help those most in need of relief from dental pain and infection to enjoy improved oral health.
"With each event our volunteers join, MCNA increases its reach into the community to raise public awareness of the barriers to accessible dental care that so many people face. We also make new connections with an ever-widening network of community partners and other key stakeholders who work with us as advocates for quality oral health care," said Marty Bailey, Associate Vice President of Administration and Operations.
More information about the LDA Foundation and their mission to enhance the oral health of Louisiana can be found on the LDA website at: www.ladental.org/lda/dental-resources/lda-foundation.