Community Dental Health Coordinators
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About the CDHC
The American Dental Association has been promoting oral health care through community based initiatives since its inception. In 2006, the ADA House of Delegates established the Workforce Models National Coordinating and Development Committee (NCDC) to create a Community Dental Health Coordinator (CDHC) model training program. The program is an initiative to bring oral health care to underserved communities and is being piloted in three locations.
The ADA later announced at annual session that Henry Schein Inc. had agreed to support the CDHC program. Henry Schein Inc. Chairman and CEO Stanley M. Bergman described their support as "an important new chapter in the Henry Schein long-term collaboration with the American Dental Association."
Additional CDHC Information
|“The CDHC’s greatest strengths are the decrease in missed appointments; coordination of care; and management of follow-up care, prevention and education.”
—Dr. Amid I. Ismail, 2010 CDHC program director; Dean, Temple University, Kornberg School of Dentistry
The ADA believes that the solution to the access to care problem depends on employing community-based initiatives to remove barriers, educate the public and promote good oral health habits. The CDHC program embodies this philosophy.
|"I got involved in the program because I believe in its potential to increase dental health care access to the community."
—Calvin Hoops, 2010 CDHC student, Temple University
The National Coordinating and Development Committee (NCDC) was established to create a CDHC model training program. In 2006, the Workforce Models NCDC was charged with identifying funding to pilot the training program in three sites, monitoring the pilot programs and reporting progress to the ADA Board of Trustees and the ADA Foundation.
Members of the Workforce Models NCDC and Curriculum Committee (CC) were appointed by the ADA President and have expertise in dentistry, dental education, public health, instructional design and program evaluation.
The Workforce Models NCDC called for letters of interest to identify potential institutions for piloting the program. Interested schools, institutions and other organizations were invited to submit a letter of interest for participation in both developing the model curriculum under Phase 1 and serving as a pilot training site under Phase 2.
Phase 1 of the program involved development of a model CDHC training program by the ADA’s Workforce Models NCDC and CC.
The model CDHC training program developed in Phase 1 is approximately 18 months in length and includes a comprehensive curriculum with objectives, outlines, teaching aides, resources, learning activities and evaluation mechanisms.
Funded by the ADA Foundation, Phase 1 was initiated in November 2006 and concluded in December 2007.
Phase 2 was the launch of the pilot for the CDHC training program model in urban, rural and American Indian reservations. Eleven trainees were part of the training program which commenced in March 2009.
They began their internships in the spring of 2010 and graduated in the fall of 2010. A second cohort of trainees entered the program in spring 2010 and eight CDHCs graduated in the fall of 2011.
The third and final cohort of 19 trainees began their didactic coursework in March 2011 and are expected to complete their training in the fall of 2012.
In early 2011, the ADA and the AT Still University Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health (ASDOH) opened a CDHC education and training program based at that institution's Mesa, Arizona campus.
|The pilot training program sites are:
- Third party evaluation is being conducted.
- ADA-funded pilot program ended in 2012.
- Long-term funding being sought from business and charitable sectors, state and local governments.
- The goal is for schools to adopt the curriculum and states to adopt the model.
- For ongoing CDHC news, check ADA News.
Download the Frequently Asked Questions and CDHC Curriculum Outline documents for additional information.
The number of training hours and an overview of the online curriculum are included in the outline, which is available to download below.