272629 Use of the Emergency Room for Preventable Dental Problems: Engaging the Profession to address the Emerging Topics that Impact Dentistry

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 : 11:30 AM - 11:45 AM

Sheila Strocks, DMD, MPH , Interprofessional Relations, American Dental Association, Chicago, IL
In keeping with the American Dental Association's (ADA) mission to advance the oral health of the public, the ADA engages in collaborations with numerous external stakeholders to address emerging issues that impact the dental profession and oral health of the public. This presentation will provide information about an on-going project with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to address the issues surrounding use of the emergency room for dental treatment that is preventable. The project aims to move from anecdotal to factual information to drive policy and decision making.

Learning Objectives:
1.Describe the impact of professional organizations towards driving policy change and impacting the oral health of the public 2.Evaluate opportunities and solutions to reduce use of the ER for preventable and avoidable dental problems. 3.Describe the key issues the ADA/CDC project intends to address

Keywords: Public Health Policy, Emergency Department/Room

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am Senior Manager of Interprofessional Relations in the Division of Dental Practice/Professional Affairs, Council on Access, Prevention and Interprofessional Relations (CAPIR) at the American Dental Association. I coordinate liaison activities with external organizations including dental specialty organizations, Joint Commission, Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Healthcare, government agencies, American Medical Association and other organizations. I have been staff support on a CDC project spanning 2 years regarding use of the emergency department for preventable dental problems.
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.