In mid-December, the DentaQuest Institute's Early Childhood Caries (ECC) Collaborative Faculty Chair, Dr. Man Wai Ng had the exciting opportunity to teach clinics participating in the UCLA/First 5 LA Quality Improvement Learning Collaborative about self-management goals and disease management for ECC. Using video conference technology, this learning was delivered from her office at Boston Children’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. The Institute, through Safety Net Solutions and Cindy Hannon, Improvement Advisor, are project partners and Dr. Ng serves as a guest faculty for this collaborative. The 15 clinics were participating together at an in-person meeting in Los Angeles which is working toward increasing medical/dental integration in safety net clinics for the under-five population.
What an experience to bridge 3000 miles! Clinic staff had a chance to interact with Dr. Ng and think about ideas for change. Ms. Hannon, who was in person, said the energy in the room was electric. “This was such a unique opportunity for all of us to learn together to improve oral health”, said Ms. Hannon.