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CDHC Curriculum Outline

The CDHC curriculum was developed by experts in education, public health and dentistry to meet the seven core competencies.

The educational components of the curriculum are designed for online delivery, accompanied by a series of in-person sessions for student skill development and evaluation. The ADA developed the community health worker–related courses and the dental-related elements of the curriculum.

During the pilot phase of the training program, an advanced CDHC training model with additional courses was offered. Upon completion of the evaluation phase of the program it was determined that those additional courses were not essential to the CDHC training and not typically utilized in the field. As a result, the ADA is currently making available the basic CDHC training model.

Elements of the CDHC basic training model include:

  • Advocacy and Outreach
  • Communication and Cultural Competence
  • Interviewing Skills
  • Legal and Ethical Issues
  • Introduction to Dentistry
  • Screening and Classification
  • Prevention of Dental Caries
  • Prevention of Oral Cancer
  • Financing and Payment of Dental Care
  • CDHC Internship