Smiles for Life: Influence of a Free Online Interprofessional Oral Health Curriculum on PA Education and Practice
AAPA ePoster library. Glicken A. 05/17/17; 180534; 192
Anita Glicken
Anita Glicken
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Purpose: Primary care and public health initiatives to prevent oral disease and promote oral health practice increasingly are recognized as important in achieving a culture of health. In 2010, the National Interprofessional Initiative on Oral Health (NIIOH) launched a collective impact strategy engaging multiple health professions to integrate oral health into primary care education and practice. The initiative facilitates interprofessional learning and agreement and creates tools promoting a culture of shared responsibility for oral health. Smiles for Life (SFL) is a free, online interprofessional oral health curriculum endorsed by 17 professional groups and 6 health professions. The PA profession was one of the first to endorse this curriculum, as a tool supporting the profession-wide PA leadership Initiative in Oral Health. Description: Like other chronic diseases, oral health conditions are unequally distributed across the population and remain a major source of health care disparities. A 2011 IOM report called for the creation of an expanded interprofessional workforce with the capacity to address oral health as a population health issue. PAs were the first profession to launch a collective impact strategy that engages all four national organizations in an effort to integrate oral health across education and practice. The impact of this initiative on PA education was reported in an article published in 2015 of a nationwide study of PA program directors documenting a significant increase in PA program curriculum integration of oral health and disease over a prior baseline study. More than three-quarters of responding PA program directors (78.4%; 98 of 125 program directors) indicated that their program included specific curriculum on oral health and oral disease. This study brought increased recognition to the profession as a leader and model for oral health integration efforts. The Smiles for Life oral health curriculum is a series of educational resources that supports the integration of oral health into primary care. SFL includes eight course modules that can be completed online or downloaded for use in academic settings. Use of the curriculum has grown consistently over the past six years with over 500,000 visits and 32,000 registered users. The 2015 publication noted that 31% of reporting PA programs used an online curriculum for oral health instruction. Until recently, there has been little information about how the SFL curriculum is ...
Purpose: Primary care and public health initiatives to prevent oral disease and promote oral health practice increasingly are recognized as important in achieving a culture of health. In 2010, the National Interprofessional Initiative on Oral Health (NIIOH) launched a collective impact strategy engaging multiple health professions to integrate oral health into primary care education and practice. The initiative facilitates interprofessional learning and agreement and creates tools promoting a culture of shared responsibility for oral health. Smiles for Life (SFL) is a free, online interprofessional oral health curriculum endorsed by 17 professional groups and 6 health professions. The PA profession was one of the first to endorse this curriculum, as a tool supporting the profession-wide PA leadership Initiative in Oral Health. Description: Like other chronic diseases, oral health conditions are unequally distributed across the population and remain a major source of health care disparities. A 2011 IOM report called for the creation of an expanded interprofessional workforce with the capacity to address oral health as a population health issue. PAs were the first profession to launch a collective impact strategy that engages all four national organizations in an effort to integrate oral health across education and practice. The impact of this initiative on PA education was reported in an article published in 2015 of a nationwide study of PA program directors documenting a significant increase in PA program curriculum integration of oral health and disease over a prior baseline study. More than three-quarters of responding PA program directors (78.4%; 98 of 125 program directors) indicated that their program included specific curriculum on oral health and oral disease. This study brought increased recognition to the profession as a leader and model for oral health integration efforts. The Smiles for Life oral health curriculum is a series of educational resources that supports the integration of oral health into primary care. SFL includes eight course modules that can be completed online or downloaded for use in academic settings. Use of the curriculum has grown consistently over the past six years with over 500,000 visits and 32,000 registered users. The 2015 publication noted that 31% of reporting PA programs used an online curriculum for oral health instruction. Until recently, there has been little information about how the SFL curriculum is ...
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