Online Program

Latinos' oral health-related knowledge and beliefs and implications for message development and delivery

Monday, November 4, 2013 : 2:50 p.m. - 3:10 p.m.

Kristin Hoeft, MPH, Departments of Epidemiology & Biostatistics and Preventive & Restorative Dental Sciences, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
Latino children have disproportionately high prevalence and severity of Early Childhood Caries (ECC) and require linguistically and culturally appropriate educational programs. Findings and lessons learned from multiple studies understanding and addressing children's oral health among Latino parents of young children will be presented: 1-Prior to developing a health message or intervention: oral health knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, behaviors etc. of Latino parents; 2-Developing health messages/interventions: incorporating theory, prior research, and target community; and 3- Delivering health messages/interventions: delivery style, place, feedback and adaption. Qualitative studies with over 100 participants were conducted in northern California over 6 years in rural and urban settings with primarily Mexican-origin parents of children aged 1-5 years.

Learning Areas:

Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Diversity and culture

Learning Objectives:
Discuss socio-cultural considerations for effectively developing and disseminating oral health information/interventions to vulnerable Latino communities.

Keyword(s): Latino, Oral Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have a MPH with a focus in health behavior and health education, have been working in the field of oral health disparities for 7 years, have participated in multiple research studies on the topic I will be discussing, and currently am pursuing a PhD in Epidemiology and translational science with a focus on community-based translational research.
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.