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ADA to nominate its CDHC program for prevention model study

March 19, 2012

The ADA will submit a nomination detailing the prevention-focused training and integration into the workforce of participants in its Community Dental Health Coordinator pilot program for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation study, said Dr. David Holwager, chair of the ADA Council on Access, Prevention and Interprofessional Relations.

“The ADA’s CDHC pilot project was designed to create a new dental team member who works under the supervision of a dentist,” said Dr. Holwager. “Participants are trained to improve the oral health of people who, for economic, geographic or cultural reasons, lack access to regular dental care.”

In their initial phase of training, participants complete 12 months of online coursework administered by Rio Salado College in Tempe, Ariz. Upon successfully completing the didactic portion of their training, the participants begin six-month internships.

Eighteen CDHC program participants have graduated and moved into the workforce since the pilot began. Participants in the program were trained to serve their respective communities in a variety of settings, including three who are working in urban settings, three in rural areas and two in American Indian territories.

Participants in the training program are affiliated with three sites: Temple University’s Kornberg School of Dentistry; the University of Oklahoma; and A.T. Still University Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health. The third and final cohort of participants in the pilot program is now in its training phase.

For more details on the CDHC program, visit Community Dental Health Coordinators.