Community health workers and others serving vulnerable populations will benefit from the acquisition of knowledge and skills to assist families and individuals in preventing dental disease, accessing dental services and developing individual health promotion plans. This course is aimed primarily at SRJC students enrolled in the Community Health Worker (CHW) program as an elective to complete the certificate program, and members of the community who are employed as health promotors, community health workers or care coordinators.
Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, the students will be able to:
1. Describe pediatric and adult dental health, anatomy, physiology and dental terminology.
2. Identify evidence-based dental disease prevention and treatment strategies for children and
1. Identify pediatric and adult oral anatomy and disease physiology, prevention and treatment.
2. Describe and demonstrate effective delivery of age-appropriate patient education topics.
3. Demonstrate effective patient counseling skills including motivational interviewing,
strength-based health behavior planning and conflict resolution.
4. Explain the role of the Community Dental Health Worker and key tasks in dental disease
prevention, outreach, education, disease management and referrals.
5. Describe Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (HIPAA), the Community Health Worker Code of Ethics and Mandated Reporter law.
Topics and Scope
I. Dental Disease-Prevention and Management
A. Dental health - anatomy, physiology, disease prevention, diagnosis, caries risk assessment
B. Patient education topics - prevention, diagnosis, treatment, hygiene techniques,
age-appropriate interventions, referrals
II. Patient Counseling for Families of Pediatric Dental Patients
A. Community Health Worker Code of Ethics
B. Mandated Reporting Law
C. Cultural competency
D. Chronic disease management
E. Behavior counseling
F. Motivational interviewing
G. Conflict resolution
H. Developmental milestones related to dental hygiene and behavior
I. Home visits
A. Sonoma County Dental Health Systems
B. Dental Insurance for vulnerable populations - eligibility and benefits for pediatric patients
C. HIPAA requirements
D. Electronic dental records
E. Supervision and support
1. Write a dental health education plan for each of the following patients, minimum 250 words
for each plan.
A. parent of toddler with incipient caries
B. 25 year old who smokes tobacco
C. 62 year old with diabetes II
2. Based on a scenario presented in class, develop a detailed behavior change plan to address a
patient's self-selected goals. Include goals, timeline and follow-up activities (minimum 750
3. In small groups perform 2-3 role-plays to demonstrate motivational interviewing skills in
response to instructor-written scenarios