Note from the Editor in Chief Dec 31, 2010

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is considering down grading their oral health activities by transferring this unit to another department. This does not bode well for "at risk and vulnerable" populations. The impact of the oral-systemic health connection is well known and has added significance for individuals with significant disabilities. I urge readers of Exceptional Parent Magazine, advocates, parents, health providers, policy makers and individuals with disabilities to write to CDC officials, state legislators and disability organizations to voice their concern and petition for a prominent footprint for oral healthcare.

Rick Rader, MD
Editor in chief
Exceptional Parent Magazine

Address concerns to:
Thomas R. Frieden, MD, MPH
1600 Clifton Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30333

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