The PA Oral Health Collective Impact Initiative was formed in 2014 and is made up of four organizations: the PA Coalition for Oral Health (PCOH), the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (PAAAP), the PA Head Start Association (PHSA), and the PA Association of Community Health Centers (PACHC). Program offerings include provider trainings for OB/Gyn practices and dental provider training both in-office and in large group settings.

The EPIC (Educating Practices/Physicians in their Communities) Healthy Teeth, Healthy Children (HTHC) program provides oral health education to primary care providers across the state of Pennsylvania in order to improve the oral healthcare delivery system, increase access to dental care for young children and adolescents, and improve oral health literacy for families. The “PA Age One Connect the Dots” project supports the current standard of care in the AAPD, ADA, and AAP national recommendations. This workshop educates dental providers to do “Knee-to-Knee” examinations, to understand the importance of the age one dental visit, to see more young children in their practices, to increase their productivity by accepting referrals from physicians who are advising families to take their child to the dentist by age one, and to bill for these preventive services. A few accomplishments of these programs:

  • Since HTHC’s inception in 2012, 155 Oral Health in Your Office trainings have been conducted, reaching more than 2,000 medical provider personnel (including more than 600 MD/DOs).
  • Oral Health in the Prenatal Office was launched in 2015. Since then, 18 trainings have been conducted. In 2016, the number of prenatal presentations delivered increased by 5 times the number in the previous year.
  • In 2016, PHSA hosted a total of 55 Cavity Free Kids trainings, more than doubling the goal of 25 trainings and increasing the total of trained care providers to more than 3,100.
  • PHSA hosted 9 Age One Connect the Dots trainings in 2016, exceeding the goal of 7 trainings and increasing the total of trained care providers to more than 1,200.

For more details concerning the PA Oral Health Collective Impact Initiative, visit: http://paoralhealth.org/