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Pennsylvania Head Start Association

Caring for the Oral Health of the Person with Special Needs Pilot Project

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DTA Foundation/Dental Lifeline Network

“In the initial phase of this pilot project, the three Caring for the Oral Health of the Person with Special Needs courses/modules will be designed to educate three target audiences: 1. caregivers of people with special needs, 2. allied health professionals, and 3. oral health professionals. Each module will be developed, reviewed by content experts, revised as necessary, and accredited for continuing education and professional development,” said Pennsylvania Head Start Association State Oral Health Coordinator Amy Requa, MSN, CRNP. “In phase two, the courses for each target audience will be presented at various locations throughout Pennsylvania. Data will be collected from participants via self-assessment with Pre/Post-Test and an on-line survey after three months, to evaluate the courses for further development. In phase three, webinars will be developed as stand-alone modules, which may be used independently, for wide distribution on websites of both professional and community organizations which advocate for people with special care needs. There will be information and materials provided for continued live presentations.”