Project to Research Alternatives for Dental Health Education Programs
Author: Philley, Heidi
Source: Journal of Dental Hygiene, Number 1, Winter 1st January 2006 , pp. 14-14(1)
Publisher: American Dental Hygienists' Association
Abstract:The program purpose was to expand access to dental health education in central New York, where there is a need to find alternative ways to raise oral health awareness among children and their families. The Oneida-Madison County Dental Coalition fulfills the objectives of a preventive dentistry grant for high-risk children. One objective is to educate children and families about the importance of good oral health habits. The coalition partnered with the Mohawk Valley Dental Hygienists‘ Association (MVDHA) and with the Mid-York Library System to develop "Dental Health Story Boxes." Each story box includes books about teeth and dental visits, a puppet and toothbrush, and a resource book with activity sheets. The library system sends out periodic broadcasts with information about the Dental Health Story Boxes to its 44 public libraries. The libraries request the boxes for interested individuals. Anyone can feel confident of a successful program using the outline and contents of the Dental Health Story Box. Evaluation is done by the individuals at the 44 libraries using this educational tool, and they are reviewed regularly. The evaluation form asks for numbers of users and their ages, and comments on books, resource materials, and puppets. There has been positive response from those using the story boxes (an evaluation sheet is included) each time the boxes go out. This year they have gone out over 120 times. Dental hygienists have favorably reviewed the Dental Health Story Box at the local and state level. Many have requested information on how to duplicate it in their areas. There is dental health education sustainability in having a Dental Health Story Box available for the public library. MVDHA has oversight on the project and plans to continue and evaluate the project on a yearly basis.
Document Type: Abstract
Publication date: 2006-12-01