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Northern oral health working group

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Oct 24th 2016

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Northern oral health working group

  1. 1. NOHWG Public Health Dentistry
  2. 2.  Made up of public health dentistry organizations  Each member is funded by their own organization
  3. 3.  Members meet 3-4 times a year
  4. 4.  Established in 2003 under the umbrella of the Northern Health Strategy  Initially composed of dental professionals in both Northern Provincial and First Nations health jurisdictions along with the College of Dentistry at both the UofS and UofM  Initial goals were to work together to improve oral health and access to care utilizing a population health approach Early accomplishments included:  Partnerships with the Colleges of Dentistry at the Universities of Saskatchewan and Manitoba  Continuing Educations sessions  Standardized health promotion messaging and resources  To promote Best Practice Standards  Knowledge Transfer to communities and allied health professions
  5. 5.  Development and implementation of standardized paper chart system  Exploration of e-record dental chart system  Development of a Oral Health Risk Assessment Tool  Revision of Health Canada’s Children’s Oral Health Initiative Fluoride Varnish train the trainer manuals  Development of Anticipatory Guidance document  Facilitated standardized Infection Control Procedures through training  Work with the Northern Healthy Eating Team to promote healthy eating through collaboration with the schools and Maternal Child Health teams
  6. 6.  Be a resource for dental public health at the local, regional, provincial, and national levels  Work as an inter-jurisdictional team to develop and implement best practices which will improve oral and systemic health outcomes of Northern Saskatchewan residents  Support membership diversity to ensure inter-professional and inter-jurisdictional representation
  7. 7.  As the Working Group evolved, the activities coalesced in three areas: 1. Improving Service Delivery 2. Increase Access to Care 3. Vehicle for Continuing Education
  8. 8.  Discuss new and innovating ways of providing care ◦ Preventive services:  Knee to knee  Home visits  Fluoride ◦ Treatment Services  Amalgam vs resin  Stainless steel crowns  Nitrous vs general anesthetic  ART
  9. 9.  Discuss methods for providing care: ◦ Ideas for program delivery ◦ Sealants – target age groups ◦ Calibration ◦ Xylitol ◦ Best practice methods ◦ Best practice materials
  10. 10.  Projects and Resource development ◦ GA Waiting room educational poster ◦ Childs’ First Visit to the Dentist by age 1 ◦ Open cup starting at 6 months ◦ Fluoride varnish education – videos and pictures ◦ Drop the Pop initiative – with permission from the North West Territories - revamped the school based teaching manual in conjunction with the Ministry of Education
  11. 11.  Choose Water
  12. 12.  Child’s first visit to dental home by age 1
  13. 13.  Use appropriate size of cup  Start with only water  Baby does not need juice, pop, or other sugary beverages
  14. 14. Smoothie parties in the schools Prize bags given to children for Dental Health Month Sugar bottle display activity
  15. 15.  Sharing Ideas ◦ Volume orders ◦ Dental Health Month promotion ◦ Combined services – sharing service delivery
  16. 16.  Received at the National Conference in September 2016 in Edmonton.  This award recognizes the efforts of groups and individuals, in improving the oral health of all Canadians. These efforts can include, but are not limited to, administrative work, inter-professional education, and health promotion.
  17. 17.  Chair of the NOHWG, Penny Griffith from the Athabasca Health Authority, accepted the award on behalf of the group.

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