July 2019 Volume LIV Number 4

 
 
 
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Policy Center Updates

July 2019 Volume LIV Number 4

Dr. Brittaney Hill Awarded 2019-2020 Harris Fellowship
Brittaney Hill, D.D.S., M.S., M.P.H., was awarded the 2019- 2020 Samuel D. Harris Research and Policy Fellowship sponsored by Preventech at the AAPD General Assembly on May 26, 2019. As this year’s Harris Fellow, Hill will work with the Pediatric Oral Health Research and Policy Center on a research project focusing on school absenteeism as a result of dental appointments. Dr. Hill
currently serves as a full-time Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatric Den- tistry at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she completed her MS in Oral Sciences, her MPH in Health Policy and Administration, as well her residency in pediatric dentistry. While in residency she participated in an internship with the AAPD Research and Policy Cen- ter and was the first author of State of Little Teeth Report, 2nd Edition.
 
Dr. Hill’s interest in public health and organized dentistry was ignited early in her dental school matriculation, when she served in numerous leadership roles within the American Stu- dent Dental Association as well as the American Association of Women Dentists. Her ultimate goal is to become strong advocate for children’s oral health as a clinician and academician, by assisting in the charge to eliminate oral health disparities within our population. Hill currently serves on the AAPD’s Early Career Pediatric Dentist Committee and as an officer for the Ken- wood Hyde Park Branch of the Chicago Dental Society.
 
Preconference Course Builds Skills with Adolescents for Sold-Out Crowd
"Speak Up for Patient Health: Critical Conversations on Controversial Issues" provided a real-world understanding of how to address sensitive health issues with adolescent patients at the Annual Session in Chicago on Thursday, May 23, 2019. Experts from health communication, adolescent medicine and pediatric dentistry offered insights on how to engage adolescents in more open conversations, build their trust about confidentiality, and provide much needed information on such health issues as obesity, eating disorders, opioid abuse, STDs, and pregnancy.

New Brochure on HPV Now Available
The AAPD collaborated with the ADA on a Human Papillomavirus vaccine brochure. The brochure was developed to help members educate their patients and parents about the HPV vaccine. This newly released pamphlet can be purchased by visiting ADAcatalog.org or calling (800) 947-4746.
 
New Pediatric Dental Workforce Study Article in JADA
The Center for Health Workforce Studies, in conjunction with the Research and Policy Center, has published a research article on the pediatric dentist workforce in the July issue of the Journal of the Ameri- can Dental Association. (The Center for Health Workforce Studies is an academic research center based at the School of  Public Health on the Health Sciences Campus at the University at Albany, State University of New York.)
 
The article, Pediatric Dental Workforce in 2016 and Beyond, presents results showing the supply of pediatric dentists is growing more rapidly than demand given current utilization data. The study suggests it is important to encourage policy changes to reduce current barriers to accessing dental care, to continue pediatric dentists’ partici- pation with Medicaid programs, and to urge early dental services for children. Therefore, AAPD efforts to promote the age one visit/dental home for all children is right on target. To access the article online, go to https://jada.ada.org/article/S0002-8177(19)30141-2/fulltext.
 
What’s Your Safety I.Q?
TRUE OR FALSE: SINCE YOU ARE EMPLOYED IN THE HEALTH CARE SECTOR, YOU ARE SAFER AT WORK THAN THE AVERAGE U.S. WORKER.
False. According to 2018 data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, a health care employee has almost twice as many incidents of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses as the average American worker. The incidence rate for all sectors of private industry is 12.8 cases per 10,000 full-time equivalent workers, while the incident rate for health care is 24.2 per 10,000 workers. (The most dangerous pro- fessions according to these measures are farming, forestry and manu- facturing; the safest are technical services, finance and insurance.)
 
In view of these findings, you and your clinical staff may want to join us at the AAPD Safety Symposium to be held in Chicago on November 8-9, 2019. This inaugural course, "Hidden Threats and Safe Practices: Steps to Creating a Safe Dental Home," provides practical tools and the latest clinical advice on how to im- prove office safety for patients, team members and pediatric dentists. Featuring recognized experts from major areas of dental and medical practice, this fast-paced session will help attendees develop a culture of safety, mitigate potential harm related to providing dental care, and become proactive for the well-being of your staff, your patients, and you.
 
To register, visit https://www.aapd.org/education/meetings-calendar- aapd/safety-symposia/.