Optimal oral health for people with special healthcare needs is critical for their overall health and quality of life, yet for many, achieving evidence-based preventive measures and routine care can be a challenge. Currently, 1 in 4 Rhode Island adults have some form of disability. Most can be treated safely and effectively in community settings by compassionate dental teams provided they have key knowledge, skills, and awareness of resources in our state.

The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) Oral Health Program, in collaboration with the Preventive Modalities Sub-Committee of the Rhode Island Oral Health Coalition, have identified topics of interest to dental teams which seek to increase their work with special healthcare needs. These topics include:

· Medical and dental concerns commonly seen with patients with intellectual and physical disabilities;

· Behavior management strategies focusing on person-centered communication and desensitization;

· Effective preventive strategies for people with special healthcare needs and their caregivers;

· Safe patient handling, including wheelchair transfer; and

· Issues of consent and capacity.

Please join us for the 2021 Mini-Residency: Special Care Dentistry. All members of the dental team, including dental hygienists, dental assistants, and dental office staff working in private practice, community health centers, and hospitals, are invited to learn about the latest tools and research that will help improve capacity to treat people with special healthcare needs in your office or health center. Six (6) CEUs will be provided.

Rural Health Scholarships Available:

· Limited Number - Register Early

· Practice Location must be in Rhode Island

If you would like to be considered for this scholarship, please fill out THIS FORM and return to Veronica Rosa-DaFonesca at v.rosadafonesca@health.ri.gov

Date / Time

Fri, Oct 22, 2021 - Sat, Oct 23, 2021




Dentist: $60 / Hygienist: $30 / Assistant: $30 / Other Staff: $30