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e-News July

Upcoming Meetings

  • EC Call, July 17, 2020
  • Virtual Town Hall, August, 25, 2020
  • Oral Health Summit, September 18, 2020
  • MSDH Stakeholder’s Meeting, October 30, 2020

Living Beyond Breast Cancer is now accepting applications for their Young Advocate Program!

Deadline is Friday, July 17, 2020!

The Young Advocate Program works with women diagnosed with breast cancer before the age of 45 to advocate for themselves and others who have been impacted by breast cancer. Living Beyond Breast Cancer provides Young Advocates with tools and training to use their own personal experience and raise awareness about breast cancer in their own communities.

“This experience has allowed me to turn the most trying situation of my life, into something empowering for myself and others.  I am forever grateful for the practical knowledge, amazing connections, skills and support I have gained this year.”

This year’s training will be held virtually with remote training sessions being held on August 26, September 12, and September 13. This program is open to women diagnosed with early stage and metastatic breast cancer before age 45 who live in the United States. We are seeking a diverse pool of applicants, including applicants from all ethnic and racial backgrounds, sexual orientations and gender identities, and economic status.

If you have any questions or need more information about the Young Advocate Program, please contact them at or (855)807-6386 ext. 129.

Chief Dental Officers’ Statement of Support of Community Water Fluoridation Commemorating the 75th Anniversary

In commemoration of the 75th anniversary of community water fluoridation, the former chief dental officers of the United States Public Health Service, are reaffirming our support of CWF. I have attached a letter with our signatures.  Please feel free to use this document in the furtherance of what we believe is one of the greatest public health achievements of the 20th century.

Read letter 

Head & Neck Cancer Alliance, in collaboration with the American Head & Neck Society, is hosting a webinar series once a week, starting in July, every Wednesday at 4 PM EST. 

Webinar dates: July 22, July 29, August 5, & August 12 

Read more and register through website here 

American Academy of Pediatrics Releases Statement on COVID-19 School Re-entry Considerations

The American Academy of Pediatrics published their statement along with guidance for returning to school. In general they do emphasize the importance of being in the classroom, not just from an educational standpoint but health development and social equity perspective, and they tend to imply the risk mitigations from home learning may not outweigh the negative impact from missing out on the physical schooling environment.

That all being said, they do indicate a need to limit “visitors and outside organizations” which is in line with CDC guidelines for schools. It is yet to be determined if school based oral health prevention programs will be considered “essential” and worth the COVID spread risk, as a result of the population oral health benefits.

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FDA Approves Merck’s GARDASIL 9 for the Prevention of Certain HPV-Related Head and Neck Cancers

Read press release here 

Vaping Age and Penalties Increase Under Bill Awaiting Governor’s Signature 

If the governor signs the legislation, Mississippi will increased the age to 21 to buy tobacco and vaping products and penalties will increase for selling to minors.

In addition to penalties for sellers, minors will face penalties for possessing and use of e-cigarettes and other vaping products. Senate Bill 2596 conforms Mississippi law to new federal law to purchase tobacco and vaping products.

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