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Effectiveness of a 12-week center-based oral health program for parents of 0-5 year olds

Monday, November 2, 2015

Olivia Desormeaux, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
This was a program researched, designed, on-boarded, and evaluated by the MPH/MSW student who is presenting.  It received over $80,000 in grant funding and was utilized by three of our city centers: Englewood, Lawndale, and Nuestra Familia (in the Hermosa neighborhood).  It was delivered in English and Spanish, as appropriate for participants.  Prior to the program, 67% of participants said they understood proper oral health care, whereas afterwards, 92% of participants said they understood proper oral health care.  Prior to the program, 65% of participants brushed their children’s teeth twice a day or more, whereas after the program 82% brushed their children’s teeth twice a day or more.  92% of participants reported a positive change in their views, attitudes and parenting skills related to their child’s oral health care.  The curriculum, called “Happy Smiles/Sonrisas,” was effective in these communities with the particular demographics and center-based delivery.

Learning Areas:

Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Diversity and culture
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Program planning

Learning Objectives:
Describe the effectiveness of the program on three different Chicago community areas. Formulate ideas on how to incorporate some of these techniques into their own oral health prevention curricula. Identify hands-on activities that engage parents and their children in oral health prevention.

Keyword(s): Oral Health, Child Health Promotion

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I researched and wrote this curriculum, on-boarded it across our community centers, administered the program, and evaluated it afterwards. I was supervised both by a Director for Early Childhood Education and the Director of Programs and Quality Assurance for our agency.
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.

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