202819 Houston's Primary Preventive Collaborative Oral Health Strategy - Project Saving Smiles

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Teresita Espino Ladrillo, DMD, MPH , Houston Department of Health and Human Services, City of Houston, Houston, TX
Janet Araba Aikins, PhD, MPH , Bureau of Health Planning and Evaluation, Houston Department of Health and Human Services, Houston, TX
Johanna Knight DeYoung, BSN, DDS, MPH , Houston Department of Health and Human Services, City of Houston, Houston, TX
It is known children who suffer from oral health problems cannot learn well in school. The 2001 Dental Needs Assessment in Harris County revealed an alarming 45.9% of 2nd graders had untreated decay. Using an evidenced-based and community-based public health dental approach, Project Saving Smiles (PSS) provides free dental screening, dental sealants, fluoride varnish, and oral health education targeting 2nd graders enrolled in the Free or Reduced Lunch Program and who have written parental consent. In Fall 2008, the Houston Department of Health and Human Services facilitated and implemented its first of three collaborative endeavors with private, public and academic entities to provide these preventive services.

The goal of the partnership is to assemble community resources to address oral health problems of Houston's children. The PSS is an infrastructure for reducing dental caries, enhancing the children's capacity to learn, and increasing school attendance.

We shall share the following:

Translation of an community-based optometric model to a community-based oral health model;

Capacity building efforts;

Partners and responsibilities;

Value of this collaborative primary preventive health strategy;

Challenges.

Learning Objectives

1. Describe strategies to recruit and retain community partners.

2. Describe how to promote oral health interest within public school systems.

3. Describe how to promote oral health interest among 2nd graders.

4. Explain a cost-effective community-based primary preventive oral health strategy for children.

5. Enhance the oral health preventive curriculum for institutions of higher learning.

6. Discuss how to involve oral health coalitions into community health practice.

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe strategies to recruit and retain community partners. 2. Describe how to promote oral health interest within public school systems. 3. Describe how to promote oral health interest among 2nd graders. 4. Explain a cost-effective community-based primary preventive oral health strategy for children. 5. Enhance the oral health preventive curriculum for institutions of higher learning. 6. Discuss how to involve oral health coalitions into community health practice.

Keywords: Oral Health, Community-Based Health Care

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Dental Public Health Program planning, implementation, and evaluation Bebermeyer RD, Ladrillo TE, Wiltshire AD, Oliveira ER, Hobdell MH, Narendran S. Perceived relative usefulness of evidence-based dentistry (EBD) analyses and a quality of life measure in planning oral health services. 32nd Annual Meeting and Exhibition of the American Association of Dental Research; San Antomio, Texas. March 12-15, 2003. J D Res 82 (Spec Issue A): Abstract #27799, 2003 http://iaddr.confex.com/iadr/2003SanAnton/techprogram/abstract_27799.htm or (www.dentalresearch.org) Abstract: Gray W, DeYoung JK, Williamson DD, Alonge OK, Ladrillo TE, Lopez ML, Narendran S, Hobdel MH. The association between childhood dental caries and social indicators at a county level in Southeast Texas. 31st Annual Meeting and Exposition of the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Dental Research; San Antonio TX March 12-15,2003 Ladrillo TL, Caviness AC, Hobdell MH.: Increasing prevalence of emergency department visits for pediatric dental care, 1997-2001. J Am Dent Assoc. 2006 Mar; 137(3):379-85
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.