Online Program

Systematic screening and assessment of oral health workforce innovations

Monday, November 4, 2013

Karen Cheung, MPH, ICF International, Seattle, WA
Elizabeth Jacobs, MPH, ICF International, Seattle, WA
Kari Cruz, MPH, ICF International, Atlanta, GA
Mary Ann Hall, MPH, ICF International, Atlanta, GA
Lisa Carver, MPH, ICF International, Atlanta, GA
Michelle Revels, MA, ICF International, Atlanta, GA
David M. Krol, MD, MPH, FAAP, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Princeton, NJ
The Systematic Screening and Assessment of Oral Health Workforce Innovations project is a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and ICF International to identify innovations that increase access to and availability of preventive oral health services. Researchers identified and screened 99 real-world innovations and selected those that appeared most promising in terms of their plausible effectiveness. Using a set of criteria related to potential impact, generalizability, feasibility of implementation, researchers convened an expert panel to select 25 innovations for evaluability assessments to determine whether the innovations were ready for a rigorous, outcome-based evaluation. Innovations included dental providers who expanded access to oral health services in settings such as WIC clinics, Head Start programs, schools, mobile clinics, and senior centers; non-dental providers, such as physicians, nurses, and nutritionists, who integrated oral health into their workflow and were trained to educate patients, perform dental screenings, and make referrals for dental treatment; and new dental professionals who focused on preventive services and functioned independently or under general supervision of a dentist. While the innovations examined typically had clinical data available, very few are conducting rigorous evaluations to measure outcomes and impact. Provisions of the Affordable Care Act will affect delivery of health services, and a thorough evaluation of these innovations may be used to inform new approaches to access issues under health care reform.

Learning Areas:

Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Program planning
Provision of health care to the public
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Describe the Systematic Screening and Assessment Method for identifying innovative workforce practices that increase access to and availability of preventive oral health services Discuss different oral health workforce models. Formulate possible evaluation question and designs of oral health workforce innovations.

Keyword(s): Oral Health, Workforce

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I managed and led this Systematic Screening and Assessment project on oral health, and I have managed multiple projects using this methodology for other content areas, such as childhood obesity, hypertension, and breast and cervical cancer. For this project specifically, I have provided oversight and leadership in thinking about oral health workforce and policy implications, and a program's readiness for evaluation.
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.