Monday Roundtable Luncheon
Given the multifactorial nature of the caries process and social determinants of health, caries prevention and management calls for an interprofessional approach. Through a student rotation, Eastern Washington University (EWU) dental hygiene students implement an oral health education program in partnership with St. Margaret’s Shelter, transitional housing for women and children, including pregnant women. Students collaborate with the program director, case workers, and registered dietician. Dental hygiene students provide oral health education, fluoride varnish, sealants, and establish a dental home in collaboration with St. Margaret’s case workers; EWU Communication Sciences Disorders (CSD) students will coordinate feeding/speech screenings. This is a pilot project, funded by a grant from the Alliance for a Cavity-Free Future.