Monday Roundtable Luncheon
The California Oral Health Technical Assistance Center at the University of California San Francisco is collaborating with the California Department of Public Health’s Office of Oral Health to provide training, technical assistance and resources to 61 local health jurisdictions. Under the the California Healthcare, Research and Prevention Tobacco Tax, three separate committees within UCSF came together to focus on: school programs, water fluoridation, and tobacco cessation, guided by ASTDD’s and CDC’s evidence-based models. This roundtable focuses on strategies to coordinate efforts between academia, state, and local health jurisdictions to improve the quality and capacity of local oral healh programs.
• School programs – partnering with advocacy groups to identify best practices and to create a training manual to assist local oral health jurisdictions to implement school programs. (School based/linked)
• Water fluoridation – assist the Office of Oral Health in implementing a plan for increasing community water fluoridation by identifying target communities, challenges, barriers and opportunities. A resource manual will be developed describing the steps needed in California to maintain and/or implement community water fluoridation.
• Tobacco cessation – using a survey tool to identify the dental professionals’ attitudes and practices related to providing tobacco cessation counseling to the patient. The data will be used to create tobacco cessation resources, training workshops, and best practice models for local health jurisdictions.