|HPM awarded grant to develop website promoting children’s dental health|
|October 14, 2013|
The Gillings School of Global Public Health's Department of Health Policy and Management has been awarded a $20,000 grant to implement Tooth Talk, a website that will provide information about oral health topics to early childhood educators.
The Oral Health Initiative grant, supported by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, Bull City Forward and N.C. State University's Institute for Emerging Issues, encourages development and implementation of ideas that bring awareness to existing dental health issues and offer oral health solutions for North Carolinians.
Leslie Zeldin, MPH, research associate in the Gillings School's Department of Health Policy and Management, will lead the initiative.
"Our goal is to improve preschool oral health," Zeldin said. "Our strategy is to provide early childhood educators with the most current oral health information in a variety of media to accommodate all types of learners, so that they can encourage behavior change and promote best oral health practices in the families they work with. By creating a dynamic, easy-to-access, attractive website for our target population of early childhood educators, we are providing something new for the state - a central place where new resources developed for this project, as well as already available resources, will 'live' online."
The Gillings School team will work with independent writer and producer Melanie Raskin and with Kelly Close, RDH, MHA, preschool oral health coordinator in the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services' Oral Health Section, to create the unique clearinghouse website.
The site will feature a dynamic interactive component through which early childhood educators can share insights and experiences and receive helpful weekly news updates and tips related to the oral health of very young children. A vital component is a series of short and engaging videos on important oral health topics streamed on the Web.
Tooth Talk is slated to launch January 24, 2014, to coincide with National Children's Dental Health Month in February.
Every year, about 40,000 children in North Carolina enter kindergarten having experienced tooth decay, a preventable disease.
|Last updated October 15, 2013|