4304.0 Theoretical Models Used in the Oral Health Disparity Centers

Tuesday, November 9, 2010: 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
The NIDCR's Strategic Plan for 2009-2013 calls for rigorous, multidisciplinary research to eliminate disparities through the identification of a full range of factors that contribute to oral health inequalities and for interventional, dissemination and implementation studies. Historically caries prevention efforts were focused on individual factors that were characterized in a Venn diagram depicting host (tooth), substrate (plaque with fermentable carbohydrates) and oral microflora intersecting and resulting in caries. Health disparities researchers in partnership with communities are developing new models that take into account a broader array of factors and examining these at multiple levels such as child, family, community, system and policy levels. This approach adds considerable complexity to studies designed to intervene on multiple factors and levels. Theoretical grounding, treatment fidelity adherence, and mechanisms of action exploration are required. This session will describe theories/ conceptual models, and community informed approaches that are being used in contemporary research to develop new public health interventions.
Session Objectives: Describe theoretical models that can be used to address oral health disparities. Discuss the application of these models to reduce oral health disparities and improve health promotion. Outline methods to build community-based translational research using theoretical models.

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Organized by: Oral Health

CE Credits: Medical (CME), Health Education (CHES), Nursing (CNE), Public Health (CPH)

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