Oral Health Across the Lifespan Learning Module

New York University College of Nursing’s Oral Health Nursing Education and Practice (OHNEP) Program, the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research (APTR) and Temple University College of Public Health have partnered to produce a multi-media “Public Health Learning Module, “Using Healthy People 2020 to Improve Population Health: Oral Health Across the Lifespan.”

“Oral Health Across the Lifespan,” is the latest addition to the Public Health Learning Modules (PHLM) series hosted on the APTR website. Easily integrated into existing curricula, the module includes PowerPoint slides, video lectures, transcripts, quiz questions, in-class activities, discussion questions, and resources. The multi-media learning modules are a new resource to facilitate the goals of integrating Healthy People 2020 concepts into the curriculum of public health and health professions programs and schools.

The module is free and available to educators and students on the APTR website. Continuing Education Contact Hours are available in medicine, nursing, pharmacy, physical and occupational therapy, and public health.

With oral health becoming recognized as integral to overall health, an increasing number of health professionals have become involved in the assessment, diagnosis, prevention and management of oral health problems. Educating health professions faculty, students, and clinicians in oral health will promote bidirectional collaboration and referrals between dental and primary care providers.

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) recent report, Integrating Oral Health and Primary Care Practice, highlights the importance of the primary care workforce developing interprofessional oral health core competencies that increase consumer access to preventive oral health care from multiple non-dental professions including, but not limited to: physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, social workers, pharmacists, public health and community health workers.

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