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Interprofessional Infant Oral Health Education at the Community Engagement Center

Dental caries (i.e., tooth decay) can cause severe pain that prevents children from eating and sleeping. Despite the significant negative impact that caries can have on children’s well-being, health professionals often do not provide families with the information they need to keep their children cavity-free. A major contributor to this gap in preventive dental care is a lack of awareness on the part of healthcare professionals about the child dental health resources that are available through the NIH U.S. National Library of Medicine (NNLM). The proposed Infant Oral Health Program will bridge this gap by offering interprofessional education on infant-toddler oral health to health professions trainees in dentistry, medicine, nursing, and social work, who provide care to families in Homewood, a low-income and predominantly African-American community in Pittsburgh, PA. Our objective is to familiarize health professionals with NNLM resources that will equip them with the information they need to provide preventive oral health education to families with infants and toddlers. Thus, the Infant Oral Health Program simultaneously will increase the use of NNLM child dental health education materials by professionals from multiple pediatric healthcare fields while improving access to infant oral health information for disadvantaged families.
Identify any specific population(s) this project will serve: 
Medically Underserved Areas/Populations
Behavioral/Social Determinants of Health
African Americans or Black
Identify roles of participants this project will serve: 
Community based organization staff
Educator, college & post-grad
Health care provider
Public health professional
Project Lead:
Jacqueline Burgette
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Federal Fiscal Year: 
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Funding Period:
May 15, 2020 to Apr 30, 2021
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