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19 January 2022|5:30 pm - 7:00 pm EST

Center for Persons with Disabilities Presentation Series

The Center for Persons with Disabilities Presentation Series, a series of professional development programs, is aimed at building awareness of the barriers to equitable oral health for individuals with disabilities and developing competency to provide oral health care to this vulnerable population.

The series is open to dentists and their support personnel at no charge. Dentists completing 18 or more of the courses within a three-year period will receive a certificate of completion from Penn Dental Medicine as a Disabilities Dentistry Clinician Expert.

This series is made possible through the support of Delta Dental.

Course Description

Maintaining good nutritional health can be challenging for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, or IDDs. As part of the health care team, registered dietitian nutritionists, or RDNs, identify strategies for mealtime support and create menus of acceptable food options to meet special nutrition needs.

Educational Objectives

  • Recognize people with disabilities are more likely to experience more nutrition-related health disparities compared to people without disabilities.
  • Understand the health risks associated with poor nutrition and obesity.
  • Understand how people with disabilities may experience functional limitations that may impact their ability to perform many tasks essential to proper nutrition.
  • Understand why people with disabilities are less likely to utilize traditional preventive health services, such as nutrition programs, because these services may inadequately address the unique physical and environmental barriers that impede behavior change.

Contact

For information, please contact Penn Dental Medicine Continuing Dental Education at:
[email protected]

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