DentaQuest Institute ECC Collaborative Presents Findings at the 9th Annual Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation
The 9th Annual Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation: Mapping the Complexity and Dynamism of the Field took place December 14-15, 2016 at the Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, D.C. Each year the conference is co-hosted by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and AcademyHealth.
It takes approximately seventeen years to translate evidence into practice (Balas and Boren, 2000). The meeting brings national and international experts in the science of dissemination and implementation that focus on bridging the gap between evidence, practice, and policy in health and medicine.
During the last eight years, the DentaQuest Institute Early Childhood Collaborative has been dedicated to reducing this gap between evidence and practice. Finding from the work of the collaborative were presented in the Prevention and Public Health Section.
More information on the conference program can be accessed here.
Natalia I. Chalmers DDS, PhD, director of analytics and publication at the DentaQuest Institute led the efforts of presenting the outstanding work of the collaborative, together with co-authors Adam Richman, Richard Scoville PhD and Man Wai Ng DDS, MPH. Their poster Age at Initial Evaluation and Time Between Visits: Key to Successful Disease Management of Early Childhood Caries was very well-received and sparked exciting conversations with scientist outside of the oral health field.
The study documents the success of the Chronic Disease management protocol for the management of Early Childhood Caries and is currently in prepared for publication in peer-review article.
Academy Health is considering the launch of an Oral Health Interest Group, an initiative spearheaded by Dr. Chalmers and Dr. Marko Vujicic, PhD, Chief Economist and Vice President of the American Dental Association Health Policy Institute. This Interest Group will help close the dental-medical divide within the health services research and policy community. A kick-off webinar is scheduled for January 24, 2017.