With limited dental care options for social assistance recipients, unmet dental needs are barriers to entering and remaining in the workforce. In 2016, the Region of Peel’s Human Services and Peel Public Health implemented Smile with Confidence, a novel oral public health program for adults on social assistance. This program sought to remove oral health barriers to employment. In this session, we will be providing an overview of the program, highlighting cross-sector collaborations and sharing program evaluation results at the 6-month mark. The program evaluation assessed both the oral health and job search self-efficacy of participants at baseline and at 6-months after treatment completion. Program evaluation is ongoing, with an additional assessment to occur at the 12-month mark.
By the end of this session, participants will be able to:
• Better understand the oral health needs of adults on social assistance
• Describe the impact of removing oral health barriers on job search self-efficacy and oral health-related quality of life
• Recognize the importance of multi-sectoral collaboration for the reduction of oral health disparities
• Identify challenges faced by the Smile with Confidence team in the areas of program evaluation and intersectoral collaboration
Presenters: Dr. Faahim Rashid and Dr. Po-Po Lam
Dr. Faahim Rashid is a Dental Consultant at Peel Public Health. He is a specialist in Dental Public Health and has been with Peel Region since January 2016. He completed his specialty training at University of Toronto and has had several years of academic, research and clinical experience.
Dr. Po-Po Lam is an epidemiologist at Peel Public Health, where she supports the Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention division. She has led multiple evaluation and research projects for different governmental agencies and academic institutions. She completed her Doctorate in Epidemiology at the University of Toronto.
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