Tuesday National Organization Roundtable Topics (By Invitation Only)
The Children’s Oral Health Institute (COHI) is a 501(c) 3 organization created to combat dental neglect and oral abuse among children. Our goal is to improve the attitudes and behavior of children and families on a variety of oral health issues through early health promotion and disease prevention education. The organization aims include: improving preventive dental education outreach and public awareness, providing various, independent studies regarding dental treatment for children and encouraging, supporting and evaluating innovative ideas, products and programs in oral health services delivery to children. Our focus to ensure children and families become better educated about the importance of oral health inspired the 2008 launched of Lessons in a Lunch Box: Healthy Teeth Essentials & Facts About Snacks®. This oral health education program that targets 2nd and 3rd grade elementary school students has reached all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico in the 10 years since it was introduced in Maryland. This round table will, (1) yield the template for how the Lessons in a Lunch Box program was developed and how the products being utilized are designed, (2) offer highlights and outcomes from the program and finally, (3) share new programs, products, and practice models being developed to help advance oral health throughout the country. New initiatives have been inspired by the national embrace and unified support the Lessons in a Lunch Box program continues to welcome from stakeholders. These developing endeavors will be shared and showcased during this round table session.