Physician Assistant Professor and Student Collaborate on the Development of Interprofessional Oral Health Outreach Program
At the American Academy of Physician Assistants annual conference in Boston
this summer, a group of clinicians, educators and students within the fields of
Physician Assistant, Registered Nurse, Pharmacy and Registered Dental Hygienist developed
an interprofessional outreach program for the promotion of oral health
education, prevention and treatment.
Among these professionals were Seton Hall's Denise Rizzolo, Ph.D., PA-C, associate
professor in the Master of Science in Physician Assistant (PA) Program, and third-year PA
student Shontelle Berfet. "I
really enjoyed meeting new people and discussing oral health issues that we've encountered during our clinical rotations. Along the way, I also made several friends from around the country, from North Carolina
to Oregon," Berfet said about the experience.
The community outreach program took place at the Boston Healthcare for the
Homeless facility, Cambridge Senior Center and Susan Bailis Assisted Living Center. At these locations, as stated in an article
at ToothWisdom.org, a health resources website for older adults: "The students and faculty reviewed
proper brushing, flossing and denture care as well as the impact of medications
on the oral cavity. During each session, toothbrushes and toothpaste were
also discussed her opportunity to present at two of the locations: "The
residents at both the Cambridge Senior Center and Boston Healthcare for the Homeless asked excellent questions and provided great feedback to our presentations."
As a recent Paul Ambrose Scholarship recipient, Berfet reflected further on her experience: "This
experience was very beneficial to me as I will be establishing the New Jersey Oral
Health Awareness Project for disadvantaged residents in Essex County. I am
very excited to launch this community outreach project this September."
Visit toothwisdom.org to read more about the AAPA outreach program.
Learn more about the Master of Science in Physician Assistant program at Seton Hall University's School of Health and Medical Sciences.
For more information please contact:
Denise Rizzolo, PhD, PA-C