• Healthy Teeth Healthy Children (HTHC): A Medical/Dental Collaboration is born!
  • HTHC Approved as Certification Option by PA Department of Human Services
  • Oral Health in Your Office Curriculum Developed
  • Oral Health in Your Office Trainings Begin
  • USPSTF Recommends Fluoride Varnish For Children
  • DQF Collective Grant Approved
  • USPSTF Compliance Required for Commercial Insurers
  • EPIC Oral Health in the Prenatal Office Launched
  • TFV Billing Procedures Simplified With CPT Code 99188
  • Oral Health Story Kits Launched
  • HTHC Promoted by PA Department of Human Services

About Healthy Teeth Healthy Children

 

Healthy Teeth Healthy Children (HTHC), a program of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (PA AAP), is a state-wide educational program focused on improving oral health care for children by providing education to primary care providers, facilitating medical-dental partnerships and enhancing oral health literacy for the community.

Through the EPIC (Educating Physicians in the Community) model, HTHC delivers free on-site training across the state to pediatric and prenatal clinicians, medical residents and students through two programs:

As part of the PA Oral Health Collective Impact Initiative and in collaboration with the PA Head Start Association, PA Coalition for Oral Health and PA Association of Community Health Centers, HTHC is working to facilitate medical-dental integration across multiple settings, helping build referral systems at the local level, and encouraging the inclusion of oral health into overall health.

In an effort to educate community members on the importance of oral health to overall health, HTHC provides oral health literacy materials to parents and communities and has launched two oral health literacy programs:

  • Oral Health Story Kit – providing public libraries with story time resources around the theme of good oral health, including high-quality oral health books, coordinated craft and activity suggestions, parent information, and supporting engagement resources; and
  • Oral Health Community Engagement Kit – providing university programs and clubs with oral health literacy resources to promote and support community outreach and service learning opportunities.


Program Staff:

Eve Kimball, MD, FAAP                   Pediatric Advisor
Kristin Haegele Hill, MS                   Program Director
Robyn Slater, MPH, MJ                   Program Consultant
Ijeoma Okere, BS                            Program Assistant

Chapter Oral Health Advocates:

Eve Kimball, MD, FAAP                 Eastern PA
Stephanie Chuipek, MD                 Eastern PA
Thomas Maroon, MD, FAAP          Western PA
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Partners

 

HTHC is a proud partner in the PA Oral Health Collective Impact Initiative, part of the Oral Health For All 2020 Initiative sponsored by the DentaQuest Foundation.
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To see what the collective initiative has been focused on, please watch our impact video (right). To join the statewide movement to improve oral health in Pennsylvania, visit www.paoralhealth.org to learn more. 

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In 2016, 42 Oral Health in Your Office presentations were conducted, training over 500 medical provider personnel. During those training sessions, over 79% of participants indicated a high likelihood of applying fluoride varnish to children under age 5 as a result of the presentation, and 88% of participants said they were likely to teach good oral health habits to families in their practices. 


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Address

Healthy Teeth Healthy Children

PA Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics
Rose Tree Corporate Center II
14 North Providence Road, Suite 3007
Media, PA 19063

Phone

(484) 446 - 3059

Email

hthc@paaap.org


For general questions, please fill out form below.
 

Oral Health Story Kit: A Free Resource for PA Public Libraries

Children’s story time resource around the theme of good oral health for children, including high-quality books, coordinated craft and activity suggestions, parent information and engagement materials. Kits are being distributed by district across the state as program funding allows. To request a free kit for your library, please complete the following information:

 

HTHC Presentation Request Form

Please select the CME/CEU presentation(s) you are interested in hosting at your site
Site Type

Site Type (Other)
For practices that see children, what is the majority of your patient's insurance status?
Are you a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC)?
Please call me to discuss the program details
We would like to schedule an EPIC OH or OHP Program
Please identify 3 potential dates and times for a 1-hour presentation:
Day of the Week
 
Approximate # of Attendees
Date
 
Time Slot
Expected Attendee/Staff Breakdown
Have providers taken the Smiles for Life course?
AV Equipment on Site