Increasing Capacity for Oral Health
Increasing Capacity for Oral Health (ICOH) aimed to inform oral health policy regarding vulnerable populations. The project was a collaboration between clinician-researchers at Dalhousie and a diverse group of stakeholders in Newfoundland and Labrador (NL), including policy decision-makers, health services providers and researchers in 2009-10.
These groups shared an interest in connecting the assessment of oral health needs to the delivery of oral health services. ICOH's goals were to measure and monitor oral health status and guide policy aimed at improving the oral health of vulnerable populations on the east coast, beginning with the senior population.
ICOH was funded by the Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).
Read the CIHR report describing the outcomes of the four research projects supported by the Disparities in Oral Health seed grants.
- Dalhousie Faculty of Dentistry: Dr. Joanne Clovis, Dr. Debora Matthews
- NL Centre for Applied Health Research: Dr. Stephen Bornstein
- Dalhousie Faculty of Dentistry: Dr. Mary McNally, Dr. Mark Filiaggi
- Memorial University of Newfoundland: Dr. Catherine Donovan
- University of Alberta: Ms. Sandra Cobban
- Labrador-Grenfell Regional Health Authority: Dr. Peter Hornett
- Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Health and Community Services: Ms. Wanda Legge, Ms. Suzanne Brake and Ms. Angela Batstone
- Seniors Resource Centre of Newfoundland and Labrador: Ms. Kelly Heisz
- Atlantic Health Promotion Research Centre: Ms. Sandra Crowell
Study components and outcomes
Initial forum (2009)
The "Increasing Capacity to Inform Oral Health Policy" forum was held in St. John's, NL in October 2009. It was hosted by Dalhousie's Faculty of Dentistry and the Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Applied Health Research.
The forum was an opportunity for people interested in oral health to share information about oral health assessment (on provincial and national scales) and discuss opportunities to measure the oral health of seniors in NL.
Read the forum report [PDF 561 kB].
Survey protocol demonstration
A demonstration of the oral health assessment protocol used to survey 1,200 Nova Scotian adults in the Oral Health of our Aging Population project was developed. A video is available online or on DVD upon request from Dr. Joanne Clovis.
Key informant interviews
In-depth interviews of key informants regarding the assessment of oral health and oral health policy were conducted.
Read the report [PDF 238 kB].
Final forum (2010)
The "Increasing Capacity to Inform Oral Health Policy: Oral Health in Newfoundland and Labrador - Next Steps" forum was held in St. John's, NL in October 2010. It was hosted by Dalhousie's Faculty of Dentistry and the Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Applied Health Research.
The purpose of the forum was to discuss the outcomes of ICOH and other oral health initiatives and to plan for next steps.
Read the forum report [PDF 561 kB].
Knowledge translation evaluation
An evaluation of the knowledge translation components of the ICOH project.
Read the report [PDF 405 kB].
Increasing Capacity for Oral Health (ICOH): The End and the Beginning (Dr. Joanne Clovis)
Outcomes of the Canadian Health Measures Survey (Dr. Harry Ames
Outcomes of The Oral Health of Our Aging Population (TOHAP) Survey (Dr. Debora Matthews)
Oral Health Research Affinity Group
(Dr. Peter Hornett
NLDA Initiatives for Seniors
(Dr. Sneha Abhyankar
Developing an Agenda for Reducing Oral Healthcare Disparities in British Columbia (Dr. Rosamund Harrison and Dr. Michael MacEntee)
Developing a Team to Address Oral Health Disparities in Canada and
The Network for Oral and Bone Health (Dr. Paul Allison
Alleviating Disparities in Oral Health: Responding to the Needs of Key Decision
Makers (Dr. Carlos Quiñonez
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