Monday Roundtable Luncheon
Dental and dental hygiene students should be trained to become better oral health advocates. The AAPHD identified advocacy as one of the important dental public health topics to integrate in the dental and dental hygiene programs. With funding from the HRSA, Temple University Kornberg School of Dentistry in collaboration with the Childrens’ Dental Health Project created a comprehensive toolkit which can be utilized to build lectures or modules for dental and dental hygiene programs to train students in oral health advocacy. During this session we will share copies of the toolkit, review the process used to develop it, and preview plans for the toolkit’s dissemination. Student activities and logistics of integrating advocacy training in the curriculum using this toolkit will be discussed. This toolkit can also be utilized by dentists, dental hygienists and other dental and health care professionals to advocate for dental public health issues concerning their community and state. Not only is the toolkit readily available to be pilot-tested at different pre-doctoral dental and dental hygiene programs but also for other oral health stakeholders and organizations who would like to make advocacy an integral part of the culture they are in.