Healthcare delivery in the United States has changed dramatically during the past few decades; simultaneously, the role of dentists has evolved as well. A landmark report by the Institute of Medicine suggests that dental practitioners work closely with other health professionals—particularly when patients have complex health conditions—and that this trend will continue in the future. The report also recommended the provision of holistic patient care and the modeling of excellent clinical and communication skills as a teaching tool for dental students. The importance of interprofessional and patient collaboration is emphasized by the American Dental Association in its strategic plan, which includes a goal to “improve public health outcomes through a strong collaborative profession, and through effective collaboration across the spectrum of our external stakeholders.” Dentists and other oral health professionals can improve the experience of care for their clients by adopting this approach. Up to 90% of people with HIV report at least one or more severe traumatic events in their lifetime (Pence et al., 2007). Dentists are responsible for working with all patients to help them feel comfortable, safe, and connected, which helps create optimal opportunities for recovery and healing.
At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:
Provide an overview of the approach used by a Part F Community-Based Dental Partnership (CBDP) to integrate/implement trauma-informed care into their program.
Provide concrete examples of strategies participants can apply to create a more trauma-informed practice to improve the delivery of dental care.
Jill A. York, DDS, MAS, FICD, FACD Assistant Dean for Extramural Clinics Hunterdon Endowed Chair for Dental Public Health Professor, Department of Community Health Rutgers School of Dental Medicine
A variety of the listed populations will be discussed at this event.