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Connecting Systemic Diseases and the Oral Health of Children: Helping Families Understand the Relationship

Sunday, May 5
4:50 PM - 5:05 PM
Room: Columbus CD (East Tower, Ballroom/Gold Level)

Background : This paper describes the collaboration between Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, New Orleans librarians and the pediatric dentistry department to develop a website containing accurate health information in a user-friendly format on the relationship between systemic diseases and the oral health of children in the hope that having this information will educate and encourage parents to seek dental care for their children with systemic diseases. Information on the oral aspects of systemic diseases in children is often very difficult for a consumer to find. What little is available is usually written for health professionals in scientific journals and is neither accessible nor comprehensible to the average consumer.

Description : This project was funded by an Express Outreach Award from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine / South Central Region (NNLM/SCR). The LSUHSC-NO Pediatric Dentistry and library faculty choose ten health conditions based on needs assessments of their patients and a 2015 community needs assessment to become the basis of a mobile friendly accessible website. The content of each topic is based on the best evidence and written at an easy to read manner and a printable version of each topic is available. Materials will be tested for usability and edited based on feedback from patients' parents or guardians and health professionals. The site will be submitted to several consumer health websites and agencies for possible inclusion.

Conclusion : Health professionals and consumers may not be aware of the impact of a disease on oral health or the effect of poor oral health on systemic conditions. This project will create and make available such information allowing for health professionals and consumers to better address the oral-systemic health connections of the patient. Health care providers will be able to use this as a resource for anticipatory guidance for oral care specifically pertinent to the systemic condition of their patient. Parents who are aware of the connection will also be more likely to seek dental care for their children.

Julie H. Schiavo, AHIP

Assistant Librarian / Assistant Director for Dental Library Services
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - New Orleans
New Orleans, Louisiana

Julie H. Schiavo, MLIS, AHIP, is the Assistant Director for Dental Library Services at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, New Orleans. She holds the rank of Assistant Librarian on the School of Dentistry faculty and has 19 years of experience in the Dental Library. Julie received a Bachelor of General Studies from the University of New Orleans, a Master of Library and Information Sciences from the University of Southern Mississippi, and a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Health Sciences Librarianship from the University of Pittsburgh. She is a distinguished member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals and holds a Level II Consumer Health Information Specialization through the Medical Library Association. She is a member of the Medical Library Association, the South Central Chapter of the Medical Library Association, the Health Sciences Libraries Association of Louisiana, the American Dental Educators Association, and the American Association of Dental Research/New Orleans Chapter.

Julie has held many professional offices including Chair of the Dental Section of the Medical Library Association, President of the Health Sciences Libraries Association of Louisiana, as well as Chair or Member of various committees in MLA and the South Central Chapter of the Medical Library Association. She is an honorary member and past president of the Theta Kappa Chapter of Omicron Kappa Upsilon National Dental Honor Society. She has received the MLA Kronick Traveling Fellowship, Institute for Museum and Library Services Grant Scholarship, NNLM/SCR Express Outreach Awards, NNLM/SCR Emerging Technology Award, and the William D. Postell Sr. Professional Development Award. Julie has authored several peer-reviewed publications and has presented at both national and regional librarian association meetings.

Julie is also a Certified Spinning Instructor and Group Fitness Instructor who enjoys cycling, boxing, and reading in her “spare” time.

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Reference Librarian
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - New Orleans

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