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Community Dental Health Coordinators: Bridging the Gap (AGD 130)

Presenter: Jane S. Grover, DDS, MPH; Director, Council on Advocacy for Access and Prevention American Dental Association


This webinar is APPROVED FOR ONE (1) CE CREDIT and is designed to provide an overview for the dental assistant about the ADA’s nationwide Action for Dental Health community-based campaign aimed at ending the dental health crisis in America. The ADA is working with Congress to help break down barriers to essential oral health care for the vulnerable and underserved. As part of that effort, the Community Dental Health Coordinator has emerged as another member of the dental team that is important in assisting with the dental health crisis. Dental assistants are uniquely qualified to become Community Dental Health Coordinators and provide services in a public health setting.


Jane S. Grover, DDS, MPH, Director, Council on Advocacy for Access and Prevention of the American Dental Association

Dr. Jane Grover became the Director of the Council on Advocacy for Access and Prevention of the American Dental Association in April 2013. She oversees Association activities on topics such as community water fluoridation, dental sealants, school based dental programs, community health center, access to care and funding of public health dental programs.
She is a native of Detroit and received both her dental degree and Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of Michigan.
Prior to joining the ADA, Dr. Grover was the Dental Director of an FQHC in Michigan, adjunct faculty of the University of Michigan School of Dentistry and AEGD residency director for Lutheran Medical Center.
Dr. Grover has been an advocate for public – private partnerships to promote oral health programs for underserved populations. She received the Clinician of the Year award from the Michigan Primary Care Association in 2004 for her role in advocating for the return of dental Medicaid benefits for adults in Michigan.

She testified before a US Congressional Subcommittee on dental Medicaid benefits for underserved populations in 2008
She received the Distinguished Alumni of the Year award by the University of Michigan School of Dentistry in 2014.


Upon completion of this course, the dental professional should be able to:

1. Describe barriers to dental care such as the Social Determinants of Health. 
2. Describe the skill set of a Community Health Worker and how those skills promote health and support prevention of disease.
3. Explain the modular topics of the Community Dental Health Coordinator  (CDHC) program and how they relate to expanding access to dental care.
4. Summarize the pathways to receiving a certificate of completion for the CDHC program..


The ADAA has an obligation to disseminate knowledge in the field of dentistry. Sponsorship of a continuing education program by the ADAA does not necessarily imply endorsement of a particular philosophy, product or technique.

The ADAA cautions participants taking this course on the hazards of using limited knowledge when integrating new techniques into their practices.

Credits earned upon completion of this course may be used to meet DANB’s Recertification Requirements.

This course has been produced in part by a grant from the Professional Dental Assistants Education Foundation (PDAEF).


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