272525 Message Framing for Older Adult Populations

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 : 1:25 PM - 1:42 PM

Mary E. Northridge, PhD, MPH , Epidemiology and Health Promotion, New York University College of Dentistry and APHA (Editor-in-Chief, AJPH), New York, NY
Effective communication of oral health messages to older adult populations is an important public health goal. Research based upon the ElderSmile program in northern Manhattan, New York City found that effective interventions employed a variety of strategies, including the use of social networks, community-based education, reminder notices/behavioral cues, and health care provider assistance.

Learning Areas:
Social and behavioral sciences
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
Describe how social network analysis leads to improved delivery of oral health care services for older adults in community-based settings. Discuss how social connectivity and peer density influence oral health outcomes in the ElderSmile program.

Keywords: Oral Health, Elderly

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to present on this topic given my experience contributing to the ElderSmile program since its inception
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.