Lead Author Affiliation

Doctor of Dental Surgery

Lead Author Program & Year

DDS Year 3

Presentation Category

Community Oral Health

Introduction/Context/Diagnosis

SCOPE (Student Community Outreach for Public Education) at University of the Pacific (UOP), Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry sponsored the 26th Annual Senior Smiles Health & Wellness Fair in its clinic, located in San Francisco on April 27th, 2019. 125 San Francisco’s senior citizens with limited access to health care attended this event. As a continuation of last year’s Senior Smiles & Wellness which continued hybrid Interprofessional education (IPE) activities, SCOPE provided various health screenings to the senior attendees in partnership with Dugoni’s sister schools UOP Audiology, Pharmacy and Physical Therapy program, as well as Touro College of Pharmacy.

This event was designed to be a continued effort of interdisciplinary community-outreach based learning that models UOP's Dental School Helix Curriculum. This event presented a great opportunity for various health education programs to learn from each other and promote future collaborations among healthcare providers. The ultimate goal is to prepare alumni of each organization to enter the health sector with a greater understanding of the scope of practice of other health providers, allowing for better coordination and care rendered for each patient.

Methods/Treatment Plan

Pre-Event Preparation: Student supported community outreach groups collaborated to participate in a healthcare event for the elderly. Multiple healthcare professions came together for hybrid IPE activities targeted towards helping elderly populations, which are a demographic identified to benefit from hybrid IPE. Student leaders of each community outreach group selected one to two students to prepare a seven minute presentation detailing scope of practice, important aspects of the field outside health providers should know, and geriatric considerations for their respective professions.

Event Day: Interprofessional Seminar All non-SCOPE student volunteers as well as a select volunteer group from SCOPE participated in the hybrid IPE activity. Student presenters gave 5 minute presentations introducing their specific roles as health care providers to promote seniors’ physical well-being. Topics included “when to refer to an [audiologist],” “balance deficits [that increase] the risk of falls,” “[raising] awareness of hypertension and diabetes,” and “oral hygiene tips to promote oral health.”

Senior Smiles & Wellness Event: Senior Smiles & Wellness attendees registered upon arrival for a total of 125 seniors. Over 110 student health providers and faculty attended the event to provide screening services. SCOPE dental student volunteers provided dental screenings and oral hygiene instruction, while a dental faculty provided diabetes screening and education. Touro College of Pharmacy students conducted readings for blood pressure, blood glucose and medication therapy management. UoP Pharmacy provided anemia, blood glucose, blood pressure, bone mineral density, and cholesterol screening services. Audiology students completed evaluations for hearing loss, and physical therapy students provided fall risk assessments. In addition, the Department of Aging & Adult Services from City of San Francisco and Blue Anthem Insurance provided assistance and counseling, while the Volunteer Health Interpreters Organization of Berkley provided translation in Spanish, Mandarin Chinese and Cantonese.

Data Collection & Analysis: Data collected regarding total number of screenings was performed. In addition, this year the goal was added to determine the total financial impact of the provided screenings. Fee schedules were collected from each health provider institution and were requested to be based off a fee that a practicing provider from the field could bill for in private practice.

Results/Outcome

125 registered patrons were provided the following screenings: ○ 96 Blood Glucose Tests & 8 MTM* Services - $5,900 ○ 47 Cholesterol - $3,240 ○ 21 Anemia Tests - $1,870 ○ 31 Bone Mineral Density - $3,880 ○ 69 Audiology Screenings - $2,760 ○ 33 Physical Therapy Fall Assessments - $1,400 ○ 86 Dental Screenings - $1,720

Total estimated cost of screenings if billed in private practice**: $20,770

*Medication Therapy Management **Fee schedules based on the respective fees from the health provider institutions involved

Significance/Conclusions

From the five health professions schools, the faculty and student volunteers provided positive feedback concerning the hybrid IPE. The continued development of screening service events with interdisciplinary opportunities such as Senior Smiles and Wellness is important towards facilitating collaboration among healthcare practices.

Future directions: ● Attendees: collect & share demographic data with each professional student volunteer group to identify prominent health trends that may exist among specific patient populations ● Public relations: provide transportation to event to decrease barriers to care ● Health vendor volunteer experience: plan specific schedules to rotate volunteers from each institution through other healthcare field screenings

Comments/Acknowledgements

This project was supported by SCOPE at the University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry. Special Thanks to Eric Bertuman and Melissa Yamanaka for coordination, Dan Soine for marketing, and Jon Draper for providing photos for the event.

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Senior Smiles and Wellness Program: Continuation of a hybrid Interprofessional Education [IPE] Model for Assessing Community Health

SCOPE (Student Community Outreach for Public Education) at University of the Pacific (UOP), Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry sponsored the 26th Annual Senior Smiles Health & Wellness Fair in its clinic, located in San Francisco on April 27th, 2019. 125 San Francisco’s senior citizens with limited access to health care attended this event. As a continuation of last year’s Senior Smiles & Wellness which continued hybrid Interprofessional education (IPE) activities, SCOPE provided various health screenings to the senior attendees in partnership with Dugoni’s sister schools UOP Audiology, Pharmacy and Physical Therapy program, as well as Touro College of Pharmacy.

This event was designed to be a continued effort of interdisciplinary community-outreach based learning that models UOP's Dental School Helix Curriculum. This event presented a great opportunity for various health education programs to learn from each other and promote future collaborations among healthcare providers. The ultimate goal is to prepare alumni of each organization to enter the health sector with a greater understanding of the scope of practice of other health providers, allowing for better coordination and care rendered for each patient.