142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

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Using Teledentistry and HIT to Detect and Treat Early Childhood Caries in Migrant and Seasonal Farmworker Children

142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition (November 15 - November 19, 2014): http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual
Monday, November 17, 2014 : 9:30 AM - 9:50 AM

Terry Yonker, RN, MS, FNP-BC , Telehealth, Finger Lakes Community Health, Marion, NY
Early childhood caries is a significant health problem for pre-school children from low income families, particularly those who are migrant and seasonal farmworkers.  Many barriers exist in helping these children find a dental home where they can receive exams, preventive care, and access to treatment. Finger Lakes Community Health (FLCH),  a federally qualified health center,  has an innovative program that utilizes  telehealth and health information technology to improve oral health outcomes for vulnerable farmworker children.  The program was launched in 2010 in collaboration with the Eastman Institute of Oral Health at the University of Rochester. Over 250 children have had teledentistry consults using real time videoconferencing. Outcomes have demonstrated a completion rate of over 95%, effective triage to appropriate anesthesia for treatment, and decreased time to consult/treatment. This workshop will discuss the program development steps of implementating of a robust teledental program that could be replicated at other primary care sites in order to improve oral health outcomes for  children from rural, underserved  communities.

Learning Areas:

Other professions or practice related to public health

Learning Objectives:
Identify barriers that cause farmworker children to be at risk for early childhood caries (ECC) Explain how mobile dentistry can improve ECC prevention in farmworker children Demonstrate how HIT and teledentistry can improve outcomes for children diagnosed with ECC

Keyword(s): Telehealth, Oral Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been the project leader for a teledentistry demonstration project at our federally qualified health center. The focus of the demonstration has been to increase access to early childhood caries prevention and treatment in rural underserved vulnerable populations. Data has been collected over the past three years to demonstrate the success of telehealth in improving oral health outcomes for the population we serve at our health center, especially migrant and seasonal farmworker children
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.