Online Program

Assessment of Successes, Challenges and Strategies for Sustainability: Perspectives of Collaborative Partners of School-based Oral Health Services Project

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 : 9:10 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Annette Aalborg, DrPH, College of Education and Health Sciences, Public Health Program, Touro University California, Vallejo, CA
Gayle Cummings, PsyDc, MPH, Public Health Program, Touro University, Vallejo, CA
The North Vallejo School-Based Oral Health Project is in the final year of a 4-year comprehensive oral health services project funded by HRSA whose aim is to provide improved access to oral health services for underinsured children aged 0 to 18 living in Vallejo, California. The project integrates oral health with primary care services at a school-based health center by providing preventive and restorative dental care, community outreach, oral health education, and referrals to community dentists. The aim of this study is to assess issues related to project success and sustainability from the perspectives of principal collaborative partners. In December 2014 open-ended questionnaires were completed by individuals representing six stakeholder organizations to assess principal accomplishments, barriers/challenges to implementation and recommendations for project sustainability. Key components responsible for project success included the quality of staff interactions with ethnically diverse families and the comprehensive services provided including increased access to a wide range of oral health education, preventive services and referrals for more intensive services. Location of the oral health clinic in a school setting increased access to many children. Challenges included sharing information between partners and maintaining partnerships over time, integrating oral health activities into the school program and communicating the importance of oral health with families with little to no experience receiving oral health care. Recommendations related to sustainability included developing strategies for maintaining and enhancing collaboration with school district and community partners and creating sustainable funding mechanisms to allow for continued ability to maintain and expand program services.

Learning Areas:

Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Advocacy for health and health education
Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Diversity and culture
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs

Learning Objectives:
Identify two factors related to success of school-based oral health services. Identify two challenges to success of school-based oral health services. Identify two strategies for sustainability of school-based oral health services.

Keyword(s): Oral Health, School-Based Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have extensive experience related to collaborative efforts to improve student and family health in the context of schools. I also have research and evaluation experience and experience related to qualitative analysis of data. I have a doctoral degree and have been the principal investigator for several school-based public health projects and studies.
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.