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Health literacy in dentistry

Annual Session program offers practical advice for improving communication, patient outcomes

Las Vegas—Dental professionals can improve patient oral health outcomes and satisfaction by employing the principles featured in an Annual Session continuing education course, Health Literacy—A Strategic Priority for Dentistry.

Set for Oct. 12, 8-10:30 a.m., Todd Phillips, deputy director of the Center for Social Marketing and Behavior Change at the Academy for Educational Development, and Gary Podschun, ADA manager of community outreach and cultural competence, will present the free course.

The program is designed to help all dental office personnel understand the potential impacts of health literacy and patient-provider communications in the dental office and learn practical solutions to improve communications. The course is co-sponsored by the ADA Council on Access, Prevention and Interprofessional Relations.

The focus of the course is aligned with the ADA’s Health Literacy in Dentistry Strategic Action Plan for 2010-2015.

The action plan seeks to change perceptions of oral health through education and training; advocacy to implement effective programs and strategies that reduce barriers to care; research to build a science base and accelerate information sharing between health care disciplines; increasing oral health workforce diversity, capacity and flexibility; and increasing collaboration by forming and maintaining health literacy coalitions.

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