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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.

Research team

Principal investigators

Co-investigators

Collaborators

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].

Document analysis

An analysis of the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador's wellness plan "Go Healthy" was developed.

Download the analysis poster [PDF 2.5 mB] and presentation [PDF 1.2 mB].

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].

 

Forum presentations

2010


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
)

Children's Oral Health Initiative
 (Ms. Kim Benoit
)

Oral Care in Continuing Care Settings
 (Dr. Joanne Clovis
)

2009

Greetings from Dalhousie Faculty of Dentistry (Dr. Tom Boran)

Introduction to ICOH (Dr. Joanne Clovis)

NL Initiatives in Oral Health (Wanda Legge) 

NL Document Analysis (Dr. Joanne Clovis)

Canada Health Measures Survey: Oral Health Components (Dr. Harry Ames
)

The Oral Health of our Aging Population (Dr. Debora Matthews and Dr. Joanne Clovis)

Introduction to Telehealth (Joanne Reid)

Experiences with Teledentistry (Dr. Greg Jones)

Healthy Smile, Happy Child - Using Telehealth to Promote Early Childhood Oral Health (Dr. Lise Pinsonneault and Dr. Robert Schroth)