Seeking Clinics

CO-OP Chicago Partnership

  • UIC Pediatricians and Dentists:
    • Will offer support to achieve best practices in oral health.
    • Train providers on Bright Futures curriculum.
    • Provide referral information for pediatric and adult dentistry.
    • Provide risk assessment support, and facilitate ability to obtain fluoride varnish.
  • UIC will provide paid trained Community Health Workers (CHWs) to offer oral health education services to some study enrolled patients and general patients at clinics. Some CHW services are offered in the clinics, others in individual family homes. The clinics and individuals that receive CHW services are determined by randomization.
  • Clinics will be recognized as participants/collaborators of a prestigious national health disparities program.

What will be expected of your health center?

  • Allow UIC investigative team to randomize your clinic as an intervention or usual care site.
  • Allow UIC research staff to recruit participants from your clinic.
    • Goal is to recruit 50 children (aged 6 – 36 months) per clinic.
    • Allow UIC to observe clinic roster for potential participants.
  • If your clinic is randomized to have clinic CHWs, allow CHWs to meet with families at clinic.
  • Allow UIC research staff to interact with clinic staff and providers and obtain opinions of the project, CHWs work in general, and oral health (accessibility, education, etc.).

Overall Aims

  • Provide oral health education/promotion to families.
  • Prevent young children from developing caries.
  • Determine the setting (clinic, WIC, home visit, or combination) in which oral health intervention works best for improving oral health outcomes.

For more information, contact Anna at 312.355.2388 or asando1@uic.edu.