Oral Health Officer Position Posted

Dental Director Position Posted


The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has reposted the position of Oral Health Officer for the State of Kansas.

The director will be responsible for:
Maintain Kansas’ public oral health infrastructure through the implementation and maintenance of evidence based community health interventions. This includes the creation, management and evaluation of federally funded programs including the Kansas School Sealant program. Assist communities, local health departments, local health care professionals and water operators with issues related to Community Water Fluoridation. Draft, implement and supervise all federal grant applications. Maintain BOH budgets. Draft and manage all partner contracts. Create and monitor performance measure for BOH initiatives

Maintain Kansas Oral Health Surveillance System through the supervision of the Kansas School Screening Program, the Water Fluoridation Reporting System, periodic administration of Basic Screening Surveys, and submissions to the National Oral Health Surveillance System. This position directs the activities of an Oral Health Epidemiologist and oral health research contractors, but the Dental Director drafts and approves all state oral health data reports including “Smiles Across Kansas”, “Elder Smiles” and other data reports of state and national interest. Insure that the Kansas Burden of Oral Disease and the Kansas Surveillance Plan are current. Share Kansas oral health data to the public through written reports, state and national presentations and webinars

Minimum Requirements:

Graduation from an approved school of dentistry/dental hygiene with a degree: DDS, DMD, or RDH.

Necessary Special Requirements:

Active, unrestricted license to practice dentistry/dental hygiene in the state of Kansas within six months of hire.

Preferred Qualifications:

Five years of practice in public health dentistry, public health programs, or work in a position as a program manager. Knowledge of clinical dentistry and oral disease prevention, including challenges associated with underserved and special needs populations. Understanding of Medicaid (Title XIX and XXI) as well as Medicaid Managed Care. Knowledge of general public oral health principles including surveillance, evidenced based community interventions (sealants and community water fluoridation) and program evaluation. Understanding of the current oral health policy in Kansas, including the Kansas Dental Practice Act and pending oral health legislation. A history of collaboration with health professional groups including the Dental Association, the Primary Care Association, oral health coalitions, insurers, community health centers, legislators, physicians groups, school health professionals and health policy makers. Excellent interpersonal skills including public speaking, group facilitation, and interaction with the media.
• Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook
• Proofreading, editing, attention to detail

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