Dental Public Health in Pennsylvania and the Role of the Public Health Dental Hygiene Practitioner (PHDHP)

Saturday, February 20, 2021

9:00 AM - 2:30 PM

Live Webinar Online


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Course Description

This course is suitable for all dental professionals, but has been designed to satisfy the public health requirement for Public Health Dental Hygiene Practitioner licensure in PA




This course will begin with an overview of the current state of dental public health in the state of Pennsylvania, including areas of unmet need, oral health data, state workforce surveys, the State Oral Health Plan, and disparities in access to care.


Particular emphasis will be placed on current issues related to the utilization of the Public Health Dental Hygiene Practitioner (PHDHP) in PA, and the role PHDHPs can play in meeting unmet needs.


Another presentation will update participants on current trends and evidence-based guidelines in the diagnosis, staging and management of caries via a caries management pathway. It is challenging for clinicians to keep up to date with the new thinking and new evidence about assessing caries, its activity and its control.


Finally, the presentation will focus on medical-dental integration and a “a team-based approach to the systemic quid quo pro.” It will focus on the benefits of oral health integration and successful processes in care coordination, as well as the important role that oral health prevention has on overall health.




Upon completion of the course, participants will:


  • identify key issues in public health in Pennsylvania, and areas where the greatest needs are not being met;
  • understand current issues related to the utilization of the PHDHP in PA, and the role PHDHPs can play in meeting unmet needs;
  • describe current evidence-based guidelines in the diagnosis, management and classification of dental caries;
  • define oral health integration into a team-based approach to care coordination; and
  • appreciate the importance of oral health prevention to overall health.


Helen Hawkey, BSDH, PHDHP

Executive Director, PA Coalition for Oral Health

Anchal Malik, BDS, MHA
Assistant Professor, Department of Dental Public Health
University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine

Sean G. Boynes, DMD

Vice President, Health Improvement

DentaQuest Partnership for Oral Health Advancement




Date: Saturday, February 20, 2021
Time: 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM

Live Webinar Online



$ 75

Credit: Live Webinar Lecture: Credit Hours - 5
Course #: 56121W
AGD Code: 010, 750


Live Webinar Online

Live Webinar Lecture: Credit Hours - 5

Licensure Boards typically treat live webinars the same as a live course.

Following registration, an email will be sent, detailing instructions for logging in from home.


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