Grants and Contracts Supporting the Outreach and Engagement
Activities at The College of Dentistry 2005 - 2006 - 2007
2006 Interdisciplinary University/Community Service-Learning
1. Incorporation of Nutritional Health Promotion and Oral
Health Care for the Poor and Underserved Population in Downtown
Columbus: An OSU Service-Learning Initiative.
Abdel R. Mohammad, Clinical Professor, College of Dentistry; Gail L.
Kaye, Program Director, Department of Human Nutrition, College of
Human Ecology; Beverly Kelbaugh, Director of Franklin County
Extension; 2006-2007 class of dietetic interns; 2006-2007 senior
class of dental students; Family Practice Clinic.
This collaboration between faculty in the College of Dentistry and
Department of Human Nutrition will enhance the quality of healthcare
services for underserved populations. Patients at risk of heart
disease, stroke, and diet-related disease will receive comprehensive
dental care, nutrition education, and diet counseling. This project
will provide an opportunity to apply service-learning principles
while experiencing the opportunities and challenges of
The Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Program Grant
2. “OSU Reaches Out for Better Health: Development of a Pilot
Tobacco Cessation Program in Appalachia” Columbus, Ohio. Funded
through the College of Medicine and Public Health. 2006-2007.
3. Title: Community-based Service Learning for Dental Students
through Collaboration with Head Start and "Give Kids a Smile! Day"
Audience: Head Start children, ages 3-6 (1,400), school-age
children, grades K-8 (160)
Partners: Hilary Soller, Canise Bean, and Jessie Tudor (Dentistry),
dental and dental hygiene students (all years eligible), dental and
dental hygiene faculty, Primary Care and Oral Health Improvement
Through Outreach (OHIO) Project administrative staff, Columbus
Dental Society, Columbus Children's Hospital Pediatric Dental
Residency Program, CDC Head Start Program, CD I (formerly CMACO)
Head Start Program.
Dental students need first-hand experiences to appreciate the oral
health needs of underserved populations and issues surrounding
access to dental care. With the help of an O&E seed grant, all
first-year and 80% of second-year dental students, working in pairs
and supervised by faculty and community dentists, performed dental
screenings and applied fluoride varnish for 3- to 5-year-olds at
local Head Start centers. All students wrote reflection papers about
their experience. Volunteer dental and dental hygiene students in
third- and fourth-year classes signed up to provide screenings and
educational programs at all four Capital Kids after-school programs.
• The project supported Head Start programs in their efforts to
obtain required dental screenings for all enrolled children. Adding
fluoride varnish application to the screening has increased
children's access to a beneficial preventive dental service.
• Extending the program to school-age children in Capital Kids
improved their access to vital preventive and educational services.
"Introducing Predoctoral Students to Community-Based Dentistry
through Head Start Screenings" was presented by Dr. Janet Bolina and
Dr. Hilary A. Soller at the annual meeting of the American Dental
Education Association, March 2006.
4. Title: Oral Health Literacy Pilot Project
Audience: dental students, adult literacy program participants
Partners: Homa Amini (Pediatric Dentistry), Paul Casamassimo
(Pediatric Dentistry), dental students, dental hygiene students,
Columbus Literacy Council, Community' Refugee and Immigration
Services, Acculturation Program, Somali Senior and Family Services,
Columbus Children's Hospital
Getting good health care is hard enough when trying to negotiate a
system that uses your native language. Imagine it when you're an
immigrant from a different culture who may have had little access to
dental care. Recognizing that this issue also affects health care
providers, dentistry faculty developed an oral health curriculum
that taught Somali immigrants and other literacy learners about
dental care for themselves and their children. At the same time,
dental and dental hygiene students learned about the importance of
health literacy and the need for sensitivity to different cultural
attitudes and beliefs about oral health care. The students also
provided free dental screenings to the adult literacy program
participants, gaining experience in communicating about treatment
needs with patients who are not native speakers of English.
• An oral health literacy curriculum is being piloted as part of the
pediatric dentistry rotation.
• An oral health curriculum to meet the educational needs of the
Adult Literacy Program participants includes books on dental care
written at the appropriate reading level.
• Through the partnership with the Columbus Literacy Council,
project staff are presenting at Franklin County events such as
family literacy day.
• Very recent arrivals from Somalia who were experiencing pain and
periodontal disease were referred to the OSU Dental Clinic for
• A research preceptorship for a dental student research project led
to a presentation and publication:
Assessment of Readability for 25 Pediatric Dentistry Patient
Education Materials (H.-L. Lin, H. Amini, and J. Hayes), American
Association of Dental Research 35th Meeting & Exhibition, Orlando,
FL, March 10,2006
Assessment of Readability for 25 Pediatric Dentistry Patient
Education Materials (H.-L. Lin, H. Amini, and J. Hayes), J Dent Res
85(Spec Iss A): abstract number 1513, 2006 (www.dentalresearch.org).
Oral Health Literacy Pilot Project (H. Amini and B. Noel), presented
at the National Oral Health Conference, 7th Joint Meeting of the
Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors and the
American Association of Public Health Dentistry, Little Rock, AR,
May 1-3, 2006
Improving Oral Health of Ohioans through a University-Community
Partnership (H. Amini and B. Noel), poster session accepted for the
Outreach Scholarship Conference, Columbus, OH, October 8-10, 2006
- Geriatric Dental Clinic - Supported by a seed grant from The OSU
Campus Collaborative Inc. - 1999
- Pilot Program to provide dental care to the elderly residing in
Appalachia - Supported by a grant from The OSU Outreach and
Engagement-Kellogg Foundation - 2000-2001
- Tobacco Cessation Clinic - Supported by a grant from the OSU
Outreach and Engagement - Kellogg Foundation - 2001
- Appalachian Geriatric Dental Program - Supported by a contract from
The Area Agency on Aging District #7 Inc. - Annual contract since