Speakers: Deborah Schumacher, ME-RDH and Patricia Hooper, RDH, BSDH
Program Track: Educator
Course Description:Does your curriculum incorporate the current standard of oral health care for pregnant women and infants? This session highlights learning modules that dental hygiene instructors can integrate into any portion of an existing dental hygiene curriculum. The modules ensure that instructors are preparing students to carry the most up to date information on perinatal and infant oral health into the workforce. Research indicates that quality oral health care and education during pregnancy is critical to the mother’s health and plays a key role in reducing the risk of early childhood caries in her infant. The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) funded Perinatal and Infant Oral Health Quality Improvement (PIOHQI) project is a national initiative where sixteen states are working to increase oral health utilization for pregnant women and infants. In Wisconsin, education of future dental providers was identified as a top strategy to increase awareness of the current guidelines and grow workforce capacity to provide care to the target population. All eight dental hygiene schools in Wisconsin are integrating the four interactive learning modules into their curriculum to reinforce the evidence based guidelines, clinical components and anticipatory guidance for perinatal and infant populations.
- Describe the need and purpose for the development of perinatal and infant oral health dental hygiene curriculum modules.
- Describe the four student facing learning modules developed as a teaching tool for educators to ensure the current standards of care for perinatal/infant population exist in the curriculum.
- Discuss evaluation and sustainability of the learning modules.
- Provide dental hygiene educators with complete, ready to use modules to enhance curriculum on perinatal and infant oral health.
CE Credit Hours: 2.0
Original Date of Session: 22 June 2019
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