Navigation Links
ADA Launches Community Dental Health Coordinator Pilot Program at Temple University
Date:11/24/2009

CHICAGO, Nov. 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Dental Association (ADA) has signed an agreement with Temple University to train new dental team members as part of a pilot program to improve the oral health in underserved communities.

The Community Dental Health Coordinator (CDHC) is a member of the dental health team who works in communities where residents have limited access to dental care to improve their oral health.

The CDHC provides a limited range of preventive dental care services -- including screenings and fluoride treatments. However, of greater importance to these communities, the CDHC will help patients navigate the health system and access care by a dentist or an appropriate clinic and engage in educational activities to improve community members' oral health habits.

Temple will recruit and train CDHCs from urban locations in Philadelphia over the next two years, returning them to their communities to work as dental team members under the supervision of dentists.

Although the CDHC is a new dental team member whose merits are not yet known, many studies of the community health worker (CHW) model indicate that they can make significant contributions to a community. Because the CDHC will function much like a CHW, the ADA believes that they, too, will have a positive impact on the oral health of their communities through education and outreach.

"We are delighted to welcome Temple's participation," said ADA President Dr. Ron Tankersley. "The pilot at Temple will help us understand the effectiveness of a dental health coordinator in underserved urban settings."

Dr. Amid Ismail, dean of Temple University's Kornberg School of Dentistry and one of the architects of the CDHC program, explained why the program is seeking to place CDHC trainees in their own communities.

"Our aim is to ensure that the coordinator is able to bridge the gap between local cultures and health care systems. The CDHC can help improve people's oral health habits and help patients navigate the social and bureaucratic barriers that prevent them from gaining access to available dental health services," Dr. Ismail said.

Temple is the third of three pilot CDHC program sites. Two other pilot programs are directed by University of Oklahoma, which is training CDHCs from rural areas, and the University of California at Los Angeles, which, in conjunction with Salish Kootenai College in Montana, is training students from American Indian communities.

The ADA has funded the program, which will train six students per site each year.

About the American Dental Association

The not-for-profit ADA is the nation's largest dental association, representing more than 157,000 dentist members. The premier source of oral health information, the ADA has advocated for the public's health and promoted the art and science of dentistry since 1859. The ADA's state-of-the-art research facilities develop and test dental products and materials that have advanced the practice of dentistry and made the patient experience more positive. The ADA Seal of Acceptance long has been a valuable and respected guide to consumer dental care products. The monthly Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA) is the ADA's flagship publication and the best-read scientific journal in dentistry. For more information about the ADA, visit the Association's Web site at www.ada.org.

SOURCE American Dental Association


'/>"/>
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. NCL Security Launches EyeCentral Video Platform for the Security Industry to Generate Recurring Monthly Revenue for Central Stations and Security Dealers
2. DaVita Launches Minority Bank Initiative with $1 Million Investment in Industrial Bank of Washington, D.C. to Support Underserved Communities
3. DaVita Launches Minority Bank Initiative with $5 Million Investment in Underserved Communities Across the Country
4. Population Health Impact Institute Launches Healthcare Transparency Accreditation Program(TM)
5. BridgeGate Launches New Healthcare Integration and Interoperability Products
6. MINDlink Foundation Launches to Connect the Cerebellum to Cures
7. DKNY JEANS Launches Exclusive Collection With HSN for St. Jude Childrens Research Hospitals Thanks and Giving(R) Campaign
8. Infection Prevention Online Community Site Launches - Focused on Product Selection
9. Calling Indie Musicians… WANDUTA Launches—New Online Resource Dedicated To Helping Independent Musicians
10. Travel Nurse Across America Launches Instant Job Updates via Twitter
11. Sleep HealthCenters Launches SleepPartners(TM) Network
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:4/28/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... April 28, 2017 , ... ... its new partnership with the Home Care Association of America (HCAOA). This agreement ... Private Duty Accreditation services, as well as discounts on Accreditation University (AU) educational ...
(Date:4/28/2017)... ... , ... Beginning in 2017, Ridgecrest Herbals will be phasing out the homeopathic ... Extra Strength formula. To ensure that the effectiveness of Clear Lungs Extra Strength is ... , Removal of the homeopathic element , Adding their patented ...
(Date:4/28/2017)... ... April 28, 2017 , ... GlycoMark, Inc. ... GlycoMark test throughout the Northeast U.S. , GlycoMark is the only clinically ... GlycoMark test provides a clinically proven one- to two-week measure of hyperglycemic excursions, ...
(Date:4/28/2017)... Fairfax, VA (PRWEB) , ... April 28, 2017 , ... ... elected volunteer board members and officers for 2017-2018. The annual board election process has ... serving on a volunteer basis. , Thomas C. Dickerson, Ed.D., FACHE, succeeds Jim Hamilton, ...
(Date:4/28/2017)... ... , ... The Texas Cord Blood Bank (TCBB), a program of nonprofit biomedical ... Women’s Hospital at Renaissance in Edinburg for their outstanding efforts in collecting umbilical cord ... donate. , “Women’s Hospital at Renaissance has been a collection partner for the ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:4/19/2017)... 19, 2017 Global Prostate Cancer Therapeutics ... the prostate cancer therapeutics market analyzes the current ... prevalence of prostate cancer, launch of promising emerging ... of new drugs & therapeutic biological products, and ... to lesser side effects are some of the ...
(Date:4/19/2017)... DIEGO , April 19, 2017  Sorrento ... an antibody-centric, clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing new treatments ... announced the closing of its previously announced underwritten ... stock at a public offering price of $2.00 ... and estimated offering expenses payable by Sorrento.  The ...
(Date:4/19/2017)... , April 19, 2017  Novartis today announced ... National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of ... 58% of patients with treatment-naïve severe aplastic anemia ... treated with eltrombopag at the initiation of and ... study evaluated three sequential treatment groups, or cohorts. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: