252192 Strategies at the state level for collaboration between Head Start and oral health

Wednesday, November 2, 2011: 1:30 PM

Suzanne Burnette , Departmetn of Education, Division of Early Childhood Collaboration, Trenton, NJ
At the state level, the Head Start Collaboration Director is responsible for establishing partnerships to improve the health of Head Start children. In New Jersey there is a statewide Medicaid Quality Collaborative to improve the oral health of young children. In this presentation the New Jersey Smiles Project will be described and the role of the partners that make it successful will be included. Steps in setting up a statewide pediatric oral health committee will be discussed with the intent to share activities and endeavors that result in establishing dental homes for Head Start children.

Learning Areas:
Program planning

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe a successful Head Start statewide collaborative program to improve the oral health of Head Start children 2. Discuss examples of successful collaborative efforts in the areas of oral health education, disease prevention and treatment for Head Start children.

Keywords: Oral Health, Head Start

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: The 2007 Head Start Act requires the State Director of Head Start Collaboration Office to enhance collaboration and coordination of Head start services with oral health services statewide. As the Collaboration Director, I have coordinated oral health services in New Jersey and worked with the State Medicaid Office and HMO providers to coordinated oral services. I am a member and serve on the New Jersey Oral Health Coalition. The sub-committee of the New Jersey Oral Health Coalition, I established the New Jersey Pediatric Oral Health committee. Therefore, I am qualified to present on this topic on Oral Health strategies.
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.