Project Title

Postdoctoral Training in General, Pediatric, and Public Health Dentistry and Dental Hygiene

Principal Investigator/Project Director

Romer Ocanto

Colleges / Centers

College of Dental Medicine

Funder

U.S. DHHS - Health Resources and Services Administration

Start Date

7-1-2020

Abstract

Overview: Focus Area 1 (Underserved and Vulnerable Populations) The proposed project Postdoctoral Training in Pediatric Dentistry for Vulnerable and Underserved Children and Adolescents aims to enhance and expand upon an innovative oral health training program at the NSU College of Dental Medicine. The proposed initiative is focused on vulnerable and underserved children and adolescents, including those with special health care needs (SHCN). The NSU-CDM Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Department of Community Dentistry’s AEGD program, a newly formed General Practice Residency (GPR) program starting in 2022 will participate in didactic and clinical training addressing children with SHCN, cultural competence and oral health literacy, childhood obesity, and the opioid crisis. Education and training will be provided to approximately 190 residents over the 5-year project period. HHS and HRSA Priorities: Childhood Obesity and Combatting the Opioid Crisis. Community-based clinical sites include: Mailman Segal Center (MSC), South Florida Autism Charter Schools (SFACS), Caridad Center, and a new hospital-based dental clinic. Specific Measurable Objectives: The project addresses vulnerable and underserved children and adolescents, including those with SHCN through increasing the postdoctoral trained primary care dentists who practice in rural and/or underserved areas or with vulnerable populations. The training will address cultural competency and oral health literacy, as well as childhood obesity and the opioid crisis. Objectives include: 1) Improve the oral health of uninsured, vulnerable, and underserved children and adolescents, including those with SHCN, via providing high quality, comprehensive oral health care visits; 2) Develop and implement an enhanced curriculum to address vulnerable, underserved, and uninsured children and adolescents, including those with SHCN via training in primary care diseases and conditions of children and adolescents with SHCN, as well as cultural competence and oral health literacy, childhood obesity, and the opioid crisis; 3) Implement clinical training in the oral health and primary care diseases and conditions of children and adolescents, including those with SHCN at community-based clinics; 4) Evaluate performance and impact.

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