To refer a patient to The Center for Pediatric Dentistry, please call 206-543-5800. A patient service specialist will guide you through the process to ensure that we have the necessary information to provide the appropriate consultation or treatment for your patient.
ABCD: Improving children’s access to care
A comprehensive, multi-stakeholder program in Washington State seeks to enhance access to dental services for Medicaid-eligible children younger than 6 years through training, enhanced reimbursement and ongoing support for providers, combined with outreach, education and support for eligible families. A statewide, locally run initiative known as Access to Baby and Child Dentistry, the program features dental champions at the local level who recruit, train and certify local dentists for participation. Once certified, participating dentists receive higher than usual reimbursement from Medicaid for care provided to enrolled children, along with ongoing support in dealing with program-related challenges. Coordinators employed by county-level organizations reach out to eligible families, providing education and support in accessing a dental home for their young children. The program has enhanced access to dental care for young children (even those not enrolled in Access to Baby and Child Dentistry), leading to a decline in untreated tooth decay and lower costs. It has helped providers feel more comfortable serving young Medicaid patients, improved their attitudes about doing so and generated high levels of satisfaction.
The ABCD Innovation Profile, Comprehensive Statewide Program Combines Training and Higher Reimbursement for Providers With Outreach and Education for Families, Enhancing Access to Dental Care for Low-Income Children appears in the Feb. 27, 2013 issue of the AHRQ Health Care Innovations Exchange (www.innovations.ahrq.gov)
Dr. da Fonseca named AAPD associate editor
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), the authority on children’s oral health, appointed Dr. Marcio da Fonseca as associate editor of the Journal of Dentistry for Children, effective July 1, 2012. He is Law-Lewis Professor and director of the pediatric dental graduate program at The Center for Pediatric Dentistry. In 2005, Dr. da Fonseca participated in the first class of the AAPD’s Leadership Institute at the Kellogg School of Management (Northwestern University). He has served as an abstract editor for the AAPD’s journal, Pediatric Dentistry, and as an expert consultant to the AAPD’s Council on Clinical Affairs (2007-10).
Dr. da Fonseca is co-associate editor of “Clinical Cases in Pediatric Dentistry” (Wiley-Blackwell, 380 pages, paperback, $99.99). This newly published book by editor Amr M. Moursi, DDS, PhD, Chairman of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry at New York University’s College of Dentistry, applies theory and practice to real-life pediatric dentistry cases in a clinically relevant format, supporting the new trend in case-based and problem-based learning.
The book presents clinical cases that question and educate the reader about essential topics in pediatric dentistry, accompanied by academic commentary. Topics range from infant oral health to complex pulp therapy and pages are illustrated in color. Dr. Amy L. Truesdale, Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatric Dentistry at NYU’s College of Dentistry, is co-associate editor.
The publisher is extending a 20 percent discount (per book) to The Center’s faculty and staff. To place an order, visit www.wiley.com or call 877-762-2974. Use discount code VBA17.
New programs for foreign-trained dentists
The Center for Pediatric Dentistry is offering two opportunities for foreign-trained dentists, pediatric dentists, and faculty: the Visiting Dentist Program and the Emerging Countries’ Faculty Exchange in Pediatric Dentistry (ECoREX).
Special needs fact sheets
Fact sheets for 14 mild to moderate manifestations of special needs conditions have been developed for Dental and Medical Professionals. Check them out here.
Faculty and student research
The research enterprise at the Center for Pediatric Dentistry is one of the four key areas of interest in our mission and vision. Our research goals include conduct of innovative research encompassing the following areas: systemic health; social health; behavioral health; public health; healthcare delivery systems; and management of electronic health data. The research program at the Center for Pediatric Dentistry collaborates with philanthropic organizations, granting agencies, and industry sponsors. Read more.