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CE course for dental providers focuses on health literacy in dentistry

September 29, 2014 In conjunction with October's annual observance of Health Literacy Month, the ADA will present Health Literacy: Closing the Equity Gap, a 6-hour continuing education course, Oct. 29 at ADA Headquarters in Chicago.

Dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants or anyone with an interest in learning more about health literacy is encouraged to attend.

Featured speakers will include Alice Horowitz, Ph.D., a researcher who studies the impact of health literacy on health outcomes; Dr. R. Gary Rozier, a dental educator and researcher who focuses on dental public health issues; and Dr. Philip Barbell, a dentist and risk management consultant who has served as co-chair of the ADA National Advisory Committee on Health Literacy in Dentistry for six years. Monifa Thomas, a health writer for the Chicago Sun Times, will present a lunchtime talk on how health literacy has been addressed by the media. A panel of individuals representing the American Dental Association, California Dental Association and Institute of Medicine will discuss the attributes of a health literate clinic/organization.

Participants will receive an introduction to health literacy and will learn and discuss topics including what health literacy is and its potential impact on oral health outcomes; the role of health literacy in providing patient-centered, quality dental care, how proper communications can impact the delivery of appropriate oral health care and how health literacy has been addressed by media writers.  

The course will run from 8 a.m.- 3:15 p.m. The registration fee is $100 and includes continental breakfast and lunch.

To register, call the ADA Member Service Center or register on-line through the ADA Store.

For additional information, please contact Sharee Clough at 1-312-440-2775 or