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Improving Bone Density for Children with Disabilities. Trainee team members: Barbra Faust, Amanda Dye, Kevin Harward Faculty Mentor: Lisa Samson - Fang. The Problem. Research suggests that osteoporosis seen later in life may originate in childhood or adolescence

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improving bone density for children with disabilities
Improving Bone Density for Children with Disabilities
  • Trainee team members: Barbra Faust, Amanda Dye, Kevin Harward
  • Faculty Mentor: Lisa Samson - Fang
the problem
The Problem
  • Research suggests that osteoporosis seen later in life may originate in childhood or adolescence
  • Chronic systemic illnesses can be detrimental to the growing skeleton
  • The lack of awareness of the risk factors that lead to low bone density in children
our solution
Our Solution
  • Increase parental awareness of risk factors that lead to low Vitamin D levels and reduced bone density
  • Encourage parents to consult their primary care physicians about bone density
  • Create a product that is informative and engaging
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Conversation starter card

  • Targets parents
  • Promotes awareness of bone health
  • Provides direction for future action
conversation starter card
Conversation Starter Card
  • 7-8th grade reading level
  • Front side: attention grabber/risk factors
    • Message: All children need strong healthy bones, talk to your healthcare provider about your child’s bone health
  • Back side: dietary interventions increasing Calcium & Vitamin D consumption
    • Websites with further information
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Conversation Starter Card
  • Consulted stakeholders: pediatricians, physical therapists, orthopedists, and parents.
  • Distribution: Specialty clinics at PCMC including Hematology, Orthopedics, GI, Special care clinic, Neurology, the Children with Special Healthcare Clinic, and Shriner’s Hospital. And more to come.
distribution
Distribution
  • $300 grant from the Utah chapter of the National Organization of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
  • 500-1000 cards from U of U printers.
  • PDF will be made available at multiple online locations for free
recommendations
Recommendations
  • More panels of young adults who have disabilities
    • Great insight as to what issues a young adult who has a disability, is dealing with on a daily basis

Critical thinking activities with a more specific and narrow scope, and realistic scenarios

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