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Report on the cda national oral health action plan symposium (nohap)

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May 12th 2014

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Report on the cda national oral health action plan symposium (nohap)

  1. 1. Report on the CDA National Oral Health Action Plan Symposium (NOHAP) Gerry Uswak Saskatchewan Oral Health Coalition May 12, 2014
  2. 2. NOHAP Symposium O Held February 27, 2014 in Ottawa O Hosted & facilitated by the CDA O Attended by representatives from national organizations to discuss the oral health status of Canadians who are underserved because they face access to care barriers
  3. 3. NOHAP Symposium - Attendees O Alberta Dental Association & College O Assembly of First Nations O Association of Canadian Faculties of Dentistry O Association of Dental Technologists of Ontario O British Columbia Dental Association O Canadian Association of Public Health Dentistry O Canadian Association of Social Workers O Canadian Dental Assistant Association O Canadian Dental Hygienists Association O Canadian Dental Specialties Association O Canadian Dental Therapists Association O Canadian Institutes of Health Research O Canadian Medical Association O Canadian Nurses Association O Canadian Paediatric Society O Canadian Pharmacists Association O Canadian Public Health Association O Canadian Teachers' Federation O College of Dental Surgeons of Saskatchewan O Dental Association of Prince Edward Island O Denturist Association of Canada O First Nations Health Authority of British Columbia O Health Canada O Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami O Manitoba Dental Association O New Brunswick Dental Society O Newfoundland and Labrador Dental Association O Northwest Territories & Nunavut Dental Association O Nova Scotia Dental Association O Ontario Dental Association O Ordre des dentistes du Québec O Patients Canada O Patients for Patient Safety Canada O Provincial Dental Board of Nova Scotia O Royal Canadian Dental Corps O Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario
  4. 4. We cannot expect that a one-day symposium can solve a complex issue like gaps in oral health care delivery. Rather, to use a dental analogy, we hope to identify areas where we can take „bites‟ out of the issue Dr. Peter Doig, CDA President
  5. 5. NOHAP Symposium Objectives O Achieve a common understanding of the key issues and challenges for optimal oral health in Canada. O Review and consider the vulnerable groups and their oral health needs. O Identify existing programs for addressing the oral health challenges of vulnerable groups. O Determine areas of potential collaboration for improving the oral health of Canadians. O Agree on next steps for collaboration
  6. 6. Keynote Speakers O A Collaborative Approach to Promoting Oral Health – Dr. Peter Cooney, Chief Dental Officer, Public Health Agency of Canada O Towards a National Oral Health Action Plan – Dr. Louise Desjardins, Senior Consultant Specializing in Health and Life Sciences O Report on Consultations with Stakeholders – Mr. Bill Tholl, Senior Health Policy Consultant
  7. 7. Facilitated Discussion O Children O Prevalence of Early childhood caries & how it accounts for 1/3 of all day surgeries for children between the ages of 1 and 5 O Early targeting of pre-schoolers O Educating caregivers and teachers
  8. 8. Facilitated Discussion O Residents Living in Long-term Care Facilities O The discussion paled as compared to what has been accomplished by SOHC
  9. 9. Facilitated Discussion O Aboriginal Peoples O Recognizing the diversity and unique challenges facing Aboriginal peoples—First Nations, Inuit and Métis and how solutions must be tailored to the particular community O Focus of the impact of the social determinants of health
  10. 10. Facilitated Discussion O New Immigrants with Refugee Status O Homeless People and People with Drug Addictions O Oral Health, General Health O Impact of Socioeconomic Status O Training of Oral Health Professionals O Community Water Fluoridation
  11. 11. Facilitated Discussion O Successful Provincial Initiatives O At the provincial level, leaders are needed to effectively channel dental public health knowledge to programs. O In Saskatchewan, an initiative for providing oral health care in long-term care facilities through a coalition of interested parties has been a “phenomenal success”
  12. 12. Facilitated Discussion – Next Steps O Three priority areas: O A common position on community water fluoridation O Oral health standards of care for long- term care facilities O Oral health education programs for children and parents
  13. 13. Facilitated Discussion – Next Steps O Consensus on a shared concern regarding oral health inequity & a desire to improve things O Identified a need for a clearing house for oral health initiatives that have been developed across the country O Further discussion & another NOHAP in 2015
  14. 14. A commitment to meaningful change to help us better serve our vulnerable populations

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