On January 28, 2015 ten Expanded Practice Dental Hygienists from around the state participated in the first group First Tooth Train the Trainer Seminar at our Wilsonville headquarters.
OrOHC has long been recognized for work focused on early childhood caries prevention through its First Tooth Program. With grant support from the Oregon Community Foundation, OrOHC recently initiated a major push to shift the First Tooth training to a Train the Trainer model. This move is driven largely by two factors, 1.) the mandated integration of oral health into the CCO systems, and 2.) the DMAP ruling that establishes First Tooth training in the medical setting as an approved training to become eligible to receive OHP reimbursement for oral health assessments and fluoride varnish applications for children under the age of 19.
Though First Tooth previously had a Train the Trainer model developed earlier through a grant from the Ford Family Foundation, those trainings were done on an individual basis and required hygienists to travel and participate in three actual clinical trainings. The new approach brings an economy of scale to the program and provides for not only cost savings but an interactive learning environment. Participating hygienists receive their final First Tooth Trainer Certification after they have successfully fulfilled the requirements by conducting a real life clinical training.
OrOHC is appreciative of the support of DCO, CCO, and educational partners. The recent training was attended by seven hygienists from Advantage Dental, two hygienists from Capitol Dental Care, and one dental hygienist instructor from Lane Community College. Participants pictured are: Ashley Danielson, Brenna Southwick, Chalene Lincecum, Denise Seus, Shaunna Jennings, Melinda Bentley, Tiffany Foy, Linda James, Kristin Hockema, and Jill Jones. Karen Hall, OrOHC's First Tooth Trainer, conducted the training seminar and was assisted by certified First Tooth Trainers Zora Lam of Capitol Dental Care, Kathleen Klemann of FamilyCare, Inc., and Laura McKeane of AllCare CCO. Pictures by Charles White, OCDC.