212322 Service-Learning, Workforce, and Social Cultural Determinants of Oral Health

Monday, November 9, 2009: 12:30 PM

Magda A. De la Torre, RDH, MPH , Department of Dental Hygiene, The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX
Paul Glassman, DDS, MA, MBA , Professor of Dental practice and Director of Community Oral Health, University of the Pacific School of Denistry, San Francisco, CA
Sheranita Hemphill, RDH, MS, MPH , Life and Health Sciences Division, Department of Dental Hygiene, Sinclair Community College, Dayton, OH
Moncy Mathew, DDS, MPH , School of Dentistry, University of Missouri Kansas City, Kansas City, MO
An important goal for oral health care professionals is to provide patient-centered care within the context of family and community. For this to occur, providers must understand the determinants of health by recognizing behavioral, social, and cultural factors that influence oral health status. Dental schools and dental hygiene programs are integrating Service-Learning approaches into their curriculums. These efforts assess knowledge, values, and skills related to culturally responsive care for diverse patients and vulnerable population groups. Service-learning goes beyond traditional forms of volunteering by linking active learning and student's self reflections. Community Partnerships provide opportunities for reciprocal learning between the students and the community. This session will highlight the unique components of successful Service-Learning programs in dental schools and dental hygiene programs throughout the country. Service-learning efforts can contribute to the dental and public health workforce to be better prepared to meet the oral health needs of individuals and communities.

Learning Objectives:
1. Discuss the unique components of successful Service-Learning programs in dental schools and dental hygiene programs throughout the country that integrate culturally responsive care for diverse patients and vulnerable population groups. 2. Identify active learning approaches and studentís self reflections that relate to the determinants of health and recognize behavioral, social, and cultural factors influencing oral health status. 3. Describe Community Partnerships that provide opportunities for reciprocal learning between the students and the community. 4. Discuss Service-learning efforts that contribute to the dental and public health workforce better prepared the meet the oral health needs of individuals and communities.

Keywords: Service Learning, Oral Health

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