Project Good Oral Health Participates in
2013 Oral Health Awareness Day
On Wednesday, January 23, 2013 Project Good Oral Health (G.O.H.)* for older adults and adults with disabilities participated in Oral Health Awareness Day, a full day event held at the State Capitol. The purpose of the event was to increase awareness among policymakers and the general public of the importance of good oral health for overall health across the age spectrum, and to highlight specific issues and populations, including older adults. The Project G.O.H. exhibit included posters, educational materials, photos, and oral health messages and FAQs developed by senior housing residents. Daisy Burgos and Sidney Parker, Project G.O.H. Campaign Committee members and residents of one senior housing site were active participants at Wednesday’s event. They enthusiastically discussed their roles, the needs of older adults to manage and maintain good oral health, and were recognized by Linda Ferraro, RDH, BS, State Dental Director, Office of Oral Health of the CT Dept. of Public Health as advocates for good oral health in their community.
*Project G.O.H. is a collaboration of the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine, the Institute for Community Research and the North Central Area Agency on Aging (Nat’l Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research - 1 RC4 DE021324, R34 DE022271-01, PIs - Susan Reisine, Ph.D., Jean J. Schensul, Ph.D.)
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