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2018 Safety Net-Symposium


Breakout #2: Monday April 23 from 12:45pm to 1:45pm

Off with Your Head! - Oral Health & it’s relationship with the rest of the body 

Jayne Klett, BA, RDH, EFDA (Director of Community Development, The Dental Center of Northwest Ohio) 

For far too long, the head has been removed from the rest of the body by the medical community. As a result, the impact of oral health has not been considered as part of overall health. We now know that the mouth has a tremendous impact on all of the systems of the body and patient healthcare outcomes, including cardiovascular, diabetes, infant mortality and so much more. The mouth is much like a front door to home – nearly everything enters through it. If you don’t wipe your feet when you come in the house (or brush teeth regularly), all of the dirt is tracked in. Encouraging preventive oral healthcare, restorative care, and treatment of underlying dental disease can improve patient medical outcomes and reduce costs – A win-win for all involved. Creating partnerships within the healthcare continuum to ensure access to dental care may be one of the smallest strategies with the biggest payoffs. 

To view the handout for this session, please click here.

Volunteer Background Screening Insights to 7 Best Practices 

Bryan Noller (Senior Account Executive, Verified Volunteers) 

“It may be every nonprofit organization’s worst nightmare: a trusted volunteer is charged with a crime involving a client or some other vulnerable person in the community”-The National Center for Victims of Crime 

Volunteers are the lifeblood of any non-profit, and the last thing an organization wants is to find out too late that there are problems with their volunteers. From safety to asset protection to simple peace of mind, this session will provide insight into seven best practices for volunteer background checks and screening. 

An Outcome Oriented Sustainable Approach to Care Coordination for High Risk Patients 

Julie Grasson, M.Ed, CCHW (Assistant Director, Toledo/ Lucas County CareNet) 

Since 2007, the Northwest Ohio Pathways HUB has utilized Community Health Workers to reduce health disparities among high risk patients. Employed at 22 organizations throughout northwest Ohio including health systems, homeless shelters, and free clinics, Community Health Workers (CHWs) have worked to identify and address adults with chronic disease and decrease barriers to care as well as improve birth outcomes and decrease infant mortality. This session will demonstrate the role CHWs can have in a clinical care team as well as how data and data collection can be used to address health disparities. 

Collaborate for Success 

Anthony Griffin (State Office of Rural Health Coordinator, Ohio Department of Health) 

There are numerous programs, initiatives, and collaboratives at the Ohio Department of Health and organizations across the state that work to improve our delivery of healthcare services. We will look at the current state of healthcare in Ohio and efforts underway to improve the lives of our citizens. Come take a journey through these efforts and see how we can help improve Ohio together! 

To view the handouts for this session, please click here.