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Community Dental Health Coordinator

Feb 2 - Jun 15, 2019

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HCC has partnered with the American Dental Association (ADA) to offer this exciting new Community Dental Health Coordinator (CDHC) training program for current dental hygienists and assistants! Learn how to engage your community with community health outreach activities designed to increase dental screenings and services provided by your dental care facility. The increased use of your services will lead to improved dental health in the communities that you serve!  

Learn more about the ADA CDHC program at https://www.ada.org/en/public-programs/action-for-dental-health/community-dental-health-coordinators 

Course Format:
  • 20 weeks (February 2 - June 15, 2019)
  • 3-6 hours per week online self-study
  • Weekly 1-2 hour live web-conferences on Wednesday nights from 7pm to 9pm (no software needed)
  • 5 live Saturday meetings at HCC's Collaboration Studio in Tampa on 2/2, 3/2, 4/6, 5/4 and 6/1 from 9am to 1pm.  Check back often as we may add other locations around the state!
  • 120 hours of outreach experience performed with your employer and/or community. It is recommended that you work with your employer to accommodate the outreach effort.  Outreach is easily documented using a smartphone app built by the ADA.
Course Fee:  $1199.00 (includes everything)
  1. If your employer or other organization is covering the cost of your registration, please email llattimore@hccfl.edu for instructions on how to complete your registration or call 813-259-6010.
  2. If you are self-pay, please click on the Register button to register pay by credit card,

Course Content:

Dental Advocacy and Outreach
  • Defining Health and Wellness
  • Defining Public Health and Prevention
  • Understanding the CDHC as a Community Health Worker
  • Community Diagnostics
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Community Outreach
  • Oral Health Advocacy
  • Community Resource Mapping 

Communications and Cultural Competency
  • Cultural Humility and Cultural Competency
  • Verbal and Non-Verbal Communication
  • Oral Health Literacy
  • Health Promotion Presentations (age-related learning)

Interviewing Skills
  • Human Behavior and Health; The Spirit of Motivational Interviewing
  • Client Centered Counseling Skills
  • Motivational Interviewing (OARS) Continued
  • Rolling With Resistance
Implementing OARS in Assessment/ Evaluation
  • Legal and Ethical Issues
  • Laws and Regulations Governing Health Care
  • Ethics and Professional Conduct
  • Confidentiality and Documentation
  • Risk Management
  • Scope of Practice
During 120 hours of outreach, CDHC students will:
  • Create, participate and record outreach activities in your community
  • Perform safe work practices
  • Communicate effectively with patients, supervising dentist, and staff
  • Display teamwork, professionalism, preparedness, and cooperation
  • Record and manage procedures in electronic patient chart adhering to HIPPA compliance
  • Effectively manage patients using techniques appropriate
  • Identify anatomical landmarks on patients
  • Deliver fluoride treatment using various/applicable techniques
  • Work with supervising dentist who diagnoses and approves treatment or referral
  • Identify suspect carious lesions (emergent, urgent, routine) to be evaluated by clinic dentist for diagnosis and treatment recommendation or referral
  • Develop an employment agreement and/or create a resume and cover letter
  • Summarize the skills developed by your internship
  • Summarize the interpersonal relationship skills developed during your internship
  • Record findings in the form of a journal

If you have any further questions, please email cbobik@hccfl.edu.