Have you ever identified a school health problem and felt unsure of what to do to address the concern? We have been there too! School Nurse Rebecca Cartmill and I are so excited to share with you our story of bringing oral health services to the students in our school district. Please plan to join us to hear more about the collaborative approach we used to address the problem of unmet student oral health needs by engaging school and community stakeholders in an evaluative and planning process. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has described oral health as the largest chronic health concern for children in this country (CDC, 2014). During the 2017-2018 school year, Parkway School District in St. Louis, Missouri used a collaborative approach to the problem of unmet oral health needs by engaging school and community stakeholders. The district used resources provided by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) to help school districts engage in a systematic, planned process to improve their health services, called the “TEAMS Process”. Using the AAP’s “HATS Tool”, unmet oral health concerns were identified as a critical concern for the district. This presentation will share the evaluative process and the planning tools used to address the concerns. In addition, the problem of unmet oral health needs in school aged children and implications for schools will be reviewed and we will share some promising outcome data from our project. See you in Baltimore!
Reference: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2014). Children's oral health. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/oralhealth/children_adults/child.htm.