• 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, expanding oral health literacy for the community and facilitating integrative partnerships that enhance the overall health of children andfamilies in PA.

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:

Our EPIC content can be adapted for remote delivery and our Oral Health Through the Lifespan webinar is available as a free, on-demand resource for provider practices and as a tool for oral health curriculum integration at medical training programs. This course addresses the impact of dental disease throughout several life stages including pregnancy, childhood, middle age and senior adulthood and shows how medical-dental integration contributes to comprehensive and high-quality care for all patients.

In addition to supporting physicians, HTHC is dedicated to educating community members on the importance of oral health to overall health and has launched a variety of oral health literacy programs, including:

  • Accessible educational oral health posters and materials for care providers translated multiple languages; 
  • Oral Health Community Engagement Kits for university programs and clubs to promote and support oral health community outreach and service learning opportunities; and
  • Oral Health Story Kits providing basic oral health education to libraries that encourage good oral health habits for children and families in their community. As of June 30, 2018, 29 District Library Centers and over 550 individual public libraries across all 67 counties in PA had received these resources. 
HTHC is developing new community-based projects that strategically engage local agencies and organizations to expand community-wide oral health education and establish sustainable local oral health networks. 
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. 


Resources


Educational Materials:
Please feel free to print these materials or request copies by contacting HTHC at hthc@paaap.org

Healthy Mouth posters are also available in the following languages: Korean, Chinese, Russian and Vietnamese.


Provider Resources:
The following information is designed to help medical providers implement oral screening, risk assessment, fluoride varnish application and referral in their practice. For further questions, please contact HTHC at hthc@paaap.org

    Additional Helpful Links:


    Click HERE for resources from the 2017 AAP NCE Presentation "Oral Health Belongs in a Medical Office - Why?"


    Click HERE for resources from the HTHC Oral Health Through the Lifespan on-demand webinar. To view the webinar at any time, visit the PCOH online oral health education portal.  


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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