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Oral Health ProjectActivities to Support Head Start Staff

Katrina Holt, M.P.H., M.S., R.D.


Oral health project guiding principles
Oral Health ProjectGuiding Principles

  • Promote evidence-informed, practice-based, developmentally appropriate, and culturally sensitive messages, materials, and services

  • Focus on prevention and early intervention

  • Preserve what works while promoting innovation

  • Leverage public/private partnerships

  • Communicate and coordinate with health professionals, child care professionals, and representatives from government agencies, organizations, and programs


Oral health project activities to support head start staff
Oral Health ProjectActivities to Support Head Start Staff

  • What do we do?

  • Identify, review, develop, and disseminate materials

  • Respond to information requests

  • Conduct trainings at national and regional meetings

  • Coordinate and collaborate with other national centers and training and technical assistance activities

  • Maintain an oral health workgroup


Resources for head start staff health professionals and families
Resources for Head Start Staff, Health Professionals, and Families

  • Resource guide

  • Curricula

  • Tip sheets

  • Newsletter

  • Booklet and poster

  • Orientation guides

  • Brochures

  • Website


Oral health in head start a resource guide
Oral Health in Head Start: A Resource Guide Families

  • Journal articles

  • Material descriptions and contact information

    • National initiative and programs

    • Policy

    • Professionals education, tools, and training

    • Public education

    • Surveillance

  • Organization descriptions and contact information


  • Choose and FamiliesUse:

    Head Start Oral Health Curricula

    • Guide for selecting curricula

    • Intended users

      • Head Start

      • Health professionals

    • Intended audience

      • Children

      • Pregnant women and parents

      • Head Start staff

      • Health professionals

    • Topics

    • Availability

      • Free

      • For a fee

    • Online

    • Print


    Open Wide: Oral Health Training for Health Professionals Families

    • Help health and early childhood professionals working in community settings promote oral health

    • Information about tooth decay, risk and prevention factors, risk assessment and screening, and anticipatory guidance


    What You Should Know and Families

    How You Can Help Tip Sheet Series

    • Tips to develop or enhance services to meet Head Start program performance standards

    • Overview of Head Start program

    • Oral health status and access to services

    • Promising approaches to providing care


    Tip sheets
    Tip Sheets Families

    • Series includes active play, health literacy, healthy breathing, eating, mental health, oral health, safety, and injury prevention

    • Tips for promoting good oral health and things parents can do to help their child


    Brush up on oral health newsletter
    Brush Up on Oral FamiliesHealth Newsletter

    • Includes promising practices, practical tips, FAQs, and recipes for healthy snacks

    • Topics addressed

      • Oral heath and school readiness

      • Toothbrushing

      • Parent engagement in oral health

      • Pregnancy and oral health

      • Infant oral health

      • Oral health literacy

      • Cultural and linguistic competence and oral health


    Be an oral health champion booklet and poster
    Be an Oral Health Champion FamiliesBooklet and Poster

    • Promote awareness of problems children with poor oral health may experience

    • Ideas for promoting oral health and preventing oral disease in children


    Brochures
    Brochures Families

    • Educate pregnant women and parents about the importance of oral health, oral hygiene, and nutrition

    • Content includes brushing, eating healthy foods, and regular dental check-ups and treatment

    • Written at 4th–6th grade reading level

    • In English and Spanish


    Health managers orientation guide
    Health Managers’ Orientation Guide Families

    • Coming soon!

    • Developed to help staff provide high-quality health services to Head Start participants and their families

    • Topics include foundation of successful health services, health, role of health managers, and tools


    Early Childhood Learning & Knowledge Center Families

    • Head Start program performance standards, policy clarifications, and program instructions

    • Featured resources

    • Additional resources (assessment, follow-up care and treatment, education, and policies and procedures)

    http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/tta-system/health/Health/Oral%20Health


    Questions
    Questions? Families

    Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons


    National center on health contact information
    National Center on Health FamiliesContact Information

    Phone: (888) 227-5125

    E-mail: [email protected]

    Website: http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/tta-system/health/center


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