May 2019 Volume LIV Number 3


Policy Center Updates

November 2016 Volume LI Number 6

New Publication: Advocacy Training Guide for Pediatric Dental Residency Programs

The POHRPC published a curriculum guide to prepare future pediatric dentists for their roles as advocates within the community. Released in September 2016, "Advoca- cy Training for Pediatric Dental Residency Programs: A Guide To Assist Programs in Developing Curricula to Address Standard 4.26 and 4.27 on Advocacy" is authored by Homa Amini, D.D.S., M.S.; Jessica Y. Lee, D.D.S., M.S.; Courtney Chinn, D.D.S., M.S.; Paul Casamassimo, D.D.S., M.S.; and Robin Wright, Ph.D. The guide offers cur- riculum assistance to dental educators in developing and promoting programs in pediatric dentistry advanced education that enhance the oral health of all children, including those with special health care needs.

The publication provides residents with knowledge and skills to incorporate the service of advocacy as an integral aspect of pediatric dental care. Advocacy education during residency provides a distinctive opportunity for pediatric dentists-in-training to explore issues that affect their patient populations, identify available resources, become involved with mentors and organizations experienced in oral health advocacy, and ultimately, to understand their responsibilities to support necessary changes in public policy.

AAPD Survey on Sugared Drinks and Childhood Obesity

AAPD members and pediatric dental residents reported on their experiences discussing nutri- tional and obesity concerns with the parents of patients ages 0–12 in a national survey conducted by the POHRPC. Funded through a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the survey was designed to discover the attitudes, skills and practices of pediatric dentists related to preventing child- hood obesity and reducing the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages in young patients.

Caries Risk Assessment in the Medical Office: Identifying Common Risk Factors for a More Effective Screening Tool

The AAPD Policy Center continues its third year of research exploring oral health promotion in primary care, "Interprofessional Study of Oral Health in Primary Care: Common Risk Factor Study II."

To further validate the signifi variables identifi d in Year 2, we are taking a second look at retro- spective data on the 1,700 Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) patients previously analyzed. Using new technology not available during Year 2, we are exploring additional variables that were previously non-extractable. A new patient query is also being performed to include patients that meet study criteria for the time period since June 2015 (when the last run for Year 2 analysis was completed).

In order to increase the study population, data analysis from another test site is being conducted at Marshfi ld Clinic, a large multi-site community health and dental system based largely within central Wisconsin. This site’s semi-rural population is an ideal complement to NCH’s mostly urban population. Its population faces diff rent sets of barriers to care; some of the facilities are FQHCs, whereas NCH centers are not. Like NCH, Marshfi ld Clinic has an integrated medical and dental EHR system. The feasibility analysis indicated a large number of patients meeting the study criteria. Additionally, the Marshfi ld Clinic Research Institute is well known for large-scale studies based on its EHR system. We are excited to be partnering with them on this project and look forward to fruitful data analysis.

Visit the POHRPC webpage at to view the full Year Two Report. ( assets/1/7/DentaQuest-RE.pdf)

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