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Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC

The Rewards And Challenges Of Community-Based Oral Health Programs (LECTURE & LIVE WEBINAR)

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Overview / Abstract:

Community oral health programs frequently use different models and approaches to improve the oral health of communities. Local, state and national data and goals provide a framework for these programs. This course discusses the status and goals of oral health initiatives in Los Angeles County. Speakers with oral health expertise and experiences in community health will examine the challenges and opportunities involved in planning, executing, and ensuring the financial sustainability and ethical basis of these programs. The role of academia in educating a well trained workforce to serve multicultural communities, exploring best practices and collaborating with communities will be discussed. The barriers and rewards in adopting evidence-based minimally invasive dentistry in pediatric, geriatric, community and general dentistry, and using health communications as effective tools in promoting community oral health will be explored..


The Oral Health Status and initiative in Los Angeles County.
Challenges and opportunities in achieving community oral health objectives.
The role of academia in the achievement of community oral health objectives.
Ethical and financial challenges of FQHCs, community clinics and private practices.
The concepts of Minimally Invasive Dentistry in pediatric, geriatric and community dentistry.
The role of communication and communication technology in promoting community oral health.


Understand the goals of the oral health initiatives in Los Angeles County.
Discuss the ethical and financial challenges and solutions of FQHCs, stand-alone clinics and private practices.
Explore the role of academia in community oral health promotion.
Describe evidence-based minimally invasive dentistry in children, adult and geriatric populations.
Discuss the role of communication in community oral health promotion.
Understand strategies and experiences in the integration of medical specialties into oral health care for Special Needs’ Populations.


This interdisciplinary course is designed for dentists, dental hygienists and other health care professionals and organizational leaders working in community settings. It will provide insight of different health models to engage members of the communities to achieve and maintain oral health.


Before/After March 1, 2019

In-Person Lecture
Dentist: $295/$315
Auxiliary: $255/$270

Live Streaming Webinar
Dentist: $240/$310
Auxiliary: $180/$240


Mar 23, 2019


Dental CDE

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Presenters / Authors / Faculty

Mina Habibian, DMD, MSc, PhD, Maritza Cabezas DDS, MPH, Roseann Mulligan, DDS, MS, FADPD, DABSCD, Mariela Padilla, DDS, MEd, Joyce Y. Sumi, RDH, BS, MS

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Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC Free CE CME

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