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Toolkits, Fact Sheets, Reports

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Continuing Education

PAs are committed to lifelong learning and professional development. Find continuing education resources.

Toolkits - Fact Sheets - Reports

Toolkits, Facts, Reports

Check out resources compiled by the nccPA Health Foundation on oral health and mental health.

 

Video Library

Video Library

Watch PAs, patients and others share efforts to improve access, reduce disparities and foster equitable care.

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Grant Writing Tools

Need technical assistance? Check out tips for developing your grant proposal.

Toolkits

Rural Oral Health Toolkit (2017):

Access to oral health care is a serious challenge in rural communities. Use this toolkit to learn more about the barriers rural Americans face and to implement a community project that improves access to oral healthcare.

Senior Oral Health Toolkit (2017):

The toolkit offers examples on how preventive activities have been implemented into programs to address oral health issues among seniors.

Virginia Oral Health Coalition Toolkit (2016):

True integration of oral health and overall health is bi-directional and collaborative. Use this tool kit to finds ways to integrate oral health across dental, medical, behavioral health, pharmacy and social support services practices.

Pediatric Oral Health Outreach Toolkit (2016):
This guide for PA program student societies was assembled by SAAAPA's service volunteer group. Plan your own outreach event and apply for a community outreach grant.

Innovations in Oral Health Toolkit (2015):
Use this toolkit to a) facilitate the integration of oral health into interprofessional, team-based health education across interdisciplinary health professions and b) promote a team-based, collaborative practice approach to oral health promotion and disease prevention in primary care and community-based settings.

Fact Sheets

Oral Health Fact Sheets (2016)

Improve your patient's oral health literacy with these user-friendly handouts: Oral Health Overview; Oral Health and Diabetes; Oral Health and Older Adults; and Oral Health and HPV. (Available in both English and Spanish).

Reports

American Dental Association (2017): Oral Health and Well Being in the US evaluates the connection between oral health and overall well-being for people in the US and provides state specific information on how adults feel about oral health and their ability to gain employment, whether poor oral health limits social activity, and expectations for oral health as they age.

US Department of Health and Human Services (2016): Oral Health Strategic Framework, 2014-2017 is a collaborative effort to clarify the vision for oral health in the US and to layout a strategy for eliminating oral health disparities.

Qualis White Paper (2015): Oral Health: An Essential Component of Primary Care offers a model for integrating preventive oral health care in routine medical care.

HRSA (2014): Integration of Oral Health in Primary Care describes a structured approach to improving access to oral health care by expanding oral health clinical competency of primary care clinicians.

Podcasts

Vital Minds, the PA Foundation’s podcast series, features a conversation about oral health integration with certified PA Melinda Thomas.

Additional Resources

All 4 Oral Health Blog offers insights about nursing and interprofessional efforts to build oral health competencies among future primary care providers.

Committed to improving the health of older adults, the Administration for Community Living (ACL) and the Office on Women's Health (OWH) released Help Your Community Smile: Start or Enhance an Oral Health Program for Older Adults, a website featuring two tools: a searchable database of nearly 200 vetted, community-based oral health programs for older adults and a community guide to implement an adult oral health program.

Fact Sheets

National Institute of Mental Health: NIMH is the lead federal agency for research on mental disorders, and their mission is to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illness through research, paving the way for prevention, recovery, and cure.

National Alliance on Mental Illness: NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization, and it offers extensive resources to support mental health awareness.

Reports

National Council for Behavioral Health: (March 2017) The Psychiatric Shortage: Causes and Solutions highlights key problem areas, identifies the root causes and effects, evaluates risks with current trends, identifies specific innovative solutions, and lists actionable recommendations for implementation.

Mental Health America: (2017) The State of Mental Health in America provides detailed data from a variety of federal agencies and other sources to graphically display a snapshot of mental health.

Surgeon General (2016): Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs and Health reviews what we know about substance misuse and related consequences.

SAMHSA: (2014) The National Survey on Drug Use and Health is a primary source for population-based prevalence estimates of substance use and mental health indicators in the United States.

Podcasts

Vital Minds, the PA Foundation’s podcast series, features mental health in conversations about Mood Disorders and Depression with Roger S. McIntyre, MD, FRCPC, and Mental Health First Aid with Susan Salahshor, PhD, PA-C, DFAAPA.

Additional Resources

General

The SAMHSA Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator is a confidential and anonymous source of information for persons seeking treatment in the United States for addiction and mental health problems.

Mental Health First Aid teaches risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns, strategies for how to help someone in crisis and non-crisis situations, and where to turn for help.

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network is dedicated to raising the standard of care and improving access to services for traumatized children, their families and communities throughout the United States. Check out their knowledge base, apps for parents, and more.

The Campaign to Change Direction supports a change in America so that all of those in need receive the mental health care and support they deserve.

Suicide Prevention

SAMHSA’s suicide prevention resources, including screening and assessment tools as well as population-specific toolkits, help identify persons at risk for suicide and offer resources to help.

The Suicide Prevention Resource Center is supported by a SAMHSA grant and is the only federally supported resource center devoted to advancing the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. The Center provides technical assistance, training, and other resources to increase the knowledge and expertise of professionals serving people at risk for suicide.

Disclaimer: The information on this site is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Information and references presented here are intended solely for the general information of the reader.