The Office of Oral Health (OOH) is an office in the division of Community Health Services within the Maricopa County Department of Public Health. OOH is a community resource committed to promoting the relationship of oral health to total health. OOH’s Tobacco Use Prevention Program is grant-funded by the Arizona Tobacco Education Prevention Program (AzTEPP), a division of Arizona Department of Health Services. We provide Technical Assistance to AzTEPP funded programs about the effects of tobacco use on oral health and the impact of poor oral health on total health. It was determined that the a survey tool designed to measure the needs and practices of the Maricopa County dental community, in patient tobacco use assessment, would be invaluable in guiding future tobacco prevention and cessation activities. Summaries of the survey results were presented to each local tobacco coalition’s dental community. A cumulative summary report will be written upon the completion of all surveys. Other OOH activities designed to meet the needs of our community include:
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will be able to : 1. Recognise the importance of addressing patient tobacco use prevention education and cessation with the dental community. 2. Apply what they have learned to develop similar activities with their own dental communities
Keywords: Oral Health Needs, Community Health Promoters
Presenting author's disclosure statement:
Organization/institution whose products or services will be discussed: None
I do not have any significant financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with any organization/institution whose products or services are being discussed in this session.
The 128th Annual Meeting of APHA