Keynote Speaker: David Krol (University of Toledo College of Medicine; Global Children's Dental Health Taskforce)Presented by the New York Academy of Sciences, Children's Dental Health Project, Columbia University College of Dental Medicine, and the Global Children's Dental Health Task Force
Reported by Marilynn Larkin | Posted July 13, 2009
On May 1, 2009, The Children's Dental Health Project, in conjunction with the Global Children's Dental Health Task Force, Columbia University, and the New York Academy of Sciences, convened a symposium aimed at promoting the development, testing, and implementation of biobehavioral interventions to improve pediatric health. Providers working within multidisciplinary teams presented their programs, which are rooted in key concepts from the social behavior literature.
The providers noted that the centerpiece for these projects is not the clinician; it is community health workers and/or community advisory boards that, ideally, are brought on board from the outset of a project. These workers help investigators plan interventions that are meaningful to parents, that demonstrate caring, and engender trust.
Lack of a health information technology infrastructure for children's health is another impediment to preventive health programs. In addition, commercial companies must be convinced of the benefits and viability of such programs—at which point they will jump to fund them.
Prevention Management Model of Early Childhood Caries
Francisco Ramos-Gómez (UCLA)
Ramos-Gómez discusses his team's efforts to improve pediatric oral health among economically disadvantaged Mexican-Americans.
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David Krol (University of Toledo)
Mary McCord (Columbia University)
Amid I. Ismail (Temple University)
Sebastian Bonner (New York Academy of Medicine)
Susan Witte (Columbia University School of Social Work)
Philip Weinstein (University of Washington)
Judith Albino (University of Colorado, Denver)
Cheryl Austein Casnoff (Health Resources and Services Administration)
Kathy O'Loughlin (United Healthcare Group)