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Oral Health Initiative 2010 – Oral health is essential to overall general health and well-being, but as Healthy People 2020 national oral health objectives are being finalized, there is growing recognition that many challenges identified 20 years ago have not been adequately addressed. Dental caries (tooth decay) is the single most common chronic childhood disease; there are striking disparities in oral diseases among various disadvantaged and underserved population subgroups; and approximately one-third of the U.S. population has no access to community water fluoridation. Nine new initiatives, highlighted in Promoting and Enhancing the Oral Health of the Public: HHS Oral Health Initiative 2010 , reflect Agency and Office commitment of new activities in support of an HHS Oral Health Initiative.
Cultural Competency Program for Oral Health Professionals
Developed in 2014 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Minority Health, this is the first e-learning program that is based on the enhanced National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) in Health and Health Care, published by the HHS Office of Minority Health in 2013. The National CLAS Standards help health and health care organizations implement culturally and linguistically appropriate services. This e-learning program that provides basic cultural and linguistic competency knowledge and skills so that you can: (1) Expand your patient base by providing more culturally and linguistically appropriate care to a wider diversity of patients; (2) Deliver a higher quality of care to help your patients meet their oral health care goals, while honoring and respecting their cultural beliefs and practices; (3) Decrease clinical errors that may arise due to cultural and linguistic differences in communication and differences in oral health literacy; and (4) Gain essential tools to help recognize and lessen the racial and ethnic health care disparities that persist in oral health.
Hispanic Dental Association
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation‘s Project on Cultural Competency in Dentistry
Journal of Dental Education
Article entitled “The Role of Cultural Competency in Health Disparities: Training of Primary Care Medical Practitioners in Children’s Oral Health”.
“Developing Cultural Competence and Social Responsibility in Preclinical Dental Students”
Cultural Competency: “Dentistry and Medicine Learning from One Another”
Video on Cultural Competence and Oral Health
Test and Dissemination of a Multicultural Dental Education Program:
Project Funded by Robert Wood Johnson (RWJF). Contact: James R. Freed, DDS, MPH -(310) 825-6733; firstname.lastname@example.org. This Project Produced The Following Audio-Visuals & Computer Software:
Cultural and Behavioral Issues in Dental Care: Stimulus Vignettes (10 minute videotape). Los Angeles, California: UCLA School of Dentistry, Regents of the University of California, 1996; Cultural and Behavioral Issues in Dental Care: Dentist-Patient 1 (46 minute videotape). Los Angeles, California: UCLA School of Dentistry, Regents of the University of California, 1996; Cultural and Behavioral Issues in Dental Care: Dentist-Patient 2 (37 minute videotape). Los Angeles, California: UCLA School of Dentistry, Regents of the University of California, 1996; Cultural and Behavioral Issues in Dental Care: Dentist-Patient 3 (32 minute videotape). Los Angeles, California: UCLA School of Dentistry, Regents of the University of California, 1996; Cultural and Behavioral Issues in Dental Care: Dentist-Patient 4 (34 minute videotape). Los Angeles, California: UCLA School of Dentistry, Regents of the University of California, 1996; Cultural and Behavioral Issues in Dental Care: Dentist-Patient 5 (21 minute videotape). Los Angeles, California: UCLA School of Dentistry, Regents of the University of California, 1996.