Community dental health coordinator


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Community dental health coordinator

a person designed to assist dentists in improving dental care for patients with limited and no care. A CDHC works with other dental team members under the remote supervision of a dentist, CDHCs will increase access for underserved people by coordinating their dental needs, triaging care based on emergent or urgent needs, and organizing transportation and other logistical or social support as needed. A CDHC is not intended to substitute for dentists in providing clinical care; performs no irreversible procedures; does not diagnose; is part of the dental team; screens patients for emergent, urgent or routine dental care; places temporary restorations after consulting with the supervising dentist.
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Dental team careers: community dental health coordinator.
Urban--Michigan Coalition for Development and Implementation of the Community Dental Health Coordinators, in collaboration with the Wayne County Community College District.
The Action for Dental Health Act (HR 4395) would provide grants to support programs such as expanding care for the elderly in nursing homes, encouraging dentists to contract with Federally Qualified Health Centers, increasing health protections and simplifying administration under Medicaid, expanding community water fluoridation, increasing the number of Community Dental Health Coordinators and strengthening collaborations with other health professionals and organizations.
ADA also has started a pilot program that will create a network of community dental health coordinators, who will help connect patients with programs such as Medicaid and SCHIP.
For this interdisciplinary model to work well, coordination will be essential and can be done by, for example, a social worker, case manager, promotora, or, a person trained under the ADA's unlicensed Community Dental Health Coordinators program from which, following an education, graduates are prepared to work specifically in the communities from which they may come or to which they have been assigned.
The bill also allows dental hygienists and dental assistants to be certified as community dental health coordinators (CDHC) in settings other than traditional dental offices and clinics.
is now training Community Dental Health Coordinators (CDHC) to serve the inner-city poor.
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