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Oral Health & the COVID-19 Pandemic: 'Don't Forget About Your Oral Health'

Oral Health & the COVID-19 Pandemic: 'Don't Forget About Your Oral Health'

Dr. John Dane is the State Dental Director and Gary Harbison is the executive director of the Missouri Coalition for Oral Health.

They spoke about some of the concerns they have about the possible long-term impacts of COVID-19 on oral health, as many dental clinics have been closed and Missourians may have gotten out of a normal oral health routine.

'You Cannot be Completely Physically Healthy Unless You Also Have Good Oral Health'

'You Cannot be Completely Physically Healthy Unless You Also Have Good Oral Health'

This week we hear a selection from an interview with Dr. John Dane, the state dental director, and Gary Harbison, the Director of the Missouri Oral Health Coalition.

They were guests on KBIA’s Intersection – you can hear that longer interview here.

They spoke about some of the ways that oral health is impacting Missourians and about the relationship between physical and oral health.

'If You're Not Taking Care of High Blood Pressure, You're Not Taking Care of Your HIV'

'If You're Not Taking Care of High Blood Pressure, You're Not Taking Care of Your HIV'

Jannis Evans and Devin Hursey both work in the HIV treatment and prevention field and have served on committees advocating for people with HIV in Missouri and across the country.

They sat down at this month's Legislative Advocacy Day sponsored by the Missouri HIV Justice Coalition where they both were advocating for changes to Missouri's HIV criminal laws, and they spoke about some of the reasons HIV impacts communities of color at a higher rate.

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