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Tuesday, November 27 • 10:15am - 11:45am
A-05 - Expanding Access to Oral Health Care 101: Innovative Program Models

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The SPNS Oral Health Initiative was implemented by 15 sites in urban and rural locations to expand access to oral health care and improve oral health outcomes of PLWHA. Outcomes included the patient experience of care, health of teeth and gums, completions of Phase 1 treatment plan (the elimination of active disease and restoration of function), and retention in dental care. Other objectives included integrating medical and dental care and sustaining services beyond the grant period. This first Institute session addresses program models, implementation decisions, and factors that contributed to success in patient recruitment and retention in oral health care, including the role of dental case management, transportation, satellite clinics, patient education, and integrated medical and dental care.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify several different program models that address gaps in care in both urban and rural areas.
  • Compare strategies for addressing geographic obstacles to care, including different transportation and care coordination options.
  • Describe outreach and retention strategies for patient engagement in care and self-care management.


Pamela Belton

Project Officer
Pamela Belton is a Project Officer for the Special Projects of National Significance program.


Jane Fox

Project Director, Evaluation Center for HIV and Oral Health - Boston University
Jane Fox, MPH, is the Program Director for the Evaluation Center for HIV and Oral Health at the Boston University School of Public Health. Her entire 20-year career has been dedicated to working in Ryan White-funded programs ofthe community level, the State level, and in academia... Read More →

Amanda McCluskey

Manager of Client Services, HIV Alliance
Amanda McClusky is the Manager of HIV Alliance, an AIDS Service Organization in Eugene, OR. She was the Program Manager for a 3-way collaboration between HIV Aliiance, a community health center, and the Lane Community College dental hygiene program to expand access to HIV oral health... Read More →

Avantika Nath

Director of Oral Health Services, San Francisco Dept of Health
Dr. Nath is the Director of Oral Health Services for the San Francisco Department of Health. She established a dental clinic at a drop-in program for homeless PLWHA in San Francisco's Tenderloin District, working collaboratively with HIV medical providers, peer outreach workers and... Read More →

Howell Strauss

Executive Director, AIDS Care Group
Dr. Strauss is a dentist and the Executive Director of the AIDS Care Group. After years of private practice and faculty positions at the University of Pennsylvania Dental School, Dr. Strauss embraced public health dentistry in the practice of oral medicine and general dentistry with... Read More →

Tuesday November 27, 2012 10:15am - 11:45am EST
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