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School-Based Oral Health Care and COVID-19

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Date: Thursday, December 10, 2020 - 01:00pm ET / Duration: 1 hour / CE Credits: 1

This webinar is presented by the DentaQuest Partnership for Oral Health Advancement, the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors (ASTDD) and the Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP).

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed how school-based oral health programs (SBOH) deliver dental care for children. In order to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and keep children safe, schools have gone to virtual learning or modified schedules. This has significantly impacted SBOH programs ability to gain access to children who have the highest need for oral health services and has required SBOH programs to reassess how they will reach these children. In July the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors (ASTDD) surveyed state and territorial oral health program directors to assess the impact of COVID-19 on SBOH programs and understand how their programs might revise their models during the pandemic. The DentaQuest Partnership also conducted a study to examine the continued impact of SBOH programs among children ages birth to 20 years from 2012 to 2018. This webinar will present the findings from these studies and discuss the importance of school-based oral programs for children during this time.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the importance of partnerships to school-based oral health programs during COVID-19.
  • Recognize the challenges and lessons learned when school-based oral health program models need to be reassessed.
  • Identify implemented school-based oral health program strategies.
  • Understand the CDC’s COVID-19 infection control guidance for school-based oral health programs.


  • Lori Cofano, RDH, BSDH, Dental Public Health Consultant, the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors (ASTDD)
  • Vuong K Diep, MPH, Health Science Specialist, Analytics & Evaluation, the DentaQuest Partnership for Oral Health Advancement
  • Shannon E Mills, DDS, FAGD, FICD, FACD

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