252115 Coalition development to address the oral health of vulnerable older adults and persons with disabilities

Tuesday, November 1, 2011: 10:50 AM

Barbara Smith, PhD, RDH, MPH , Manager, Geriatric and Special Needs Populations, American Dental Association, Chicago, IL
The ADA convened a National Coalition Consensus Conference on Oral Health Needs of Vulnerable Older Adults and Persons with Disabilities in November 2010, bringing together representatives from professional dental associations, general health organizations, consumer advocacy groups and policy makers. The conference laid the groundwork for building a broad coalition of groups positioned to better address the oral health of these populations and many recommendations were generated. This presentation will highlight outcomes of the conference, including progress made in 1) establishing the coalition, 2) furthering legislative initiatives, 3) promoting educational programs directed at the profession, patient, and/or caregivers, and 4) fostering research initiatives nationally.

Learning Areas:
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Provision of health care to the public

Learning Objectives:
Describe how the recommendations resulting from the National Coalition Consensus Conference on Oral Health of Vulnerable Older Adults and Persons with Disabilities can be used to develop and refine programs addressing this population.

Keywords: Oral Health Needs, Aging

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I manage the geriatric and special needs programs for the American Dental Association.
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.