Power of Public Health Dentistry to Behavioral Health & Substance Use Disorders

  • Saturday 1/29/2022
  • Time: 1:00 - 3:00 pm
  • Course Code: 665SL
  • Cost: No Charge
  • Credits: 2 CE Hours

According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health the number of adults battling a substance use disorder including alcoholism is 1 in 7. With the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic, the addiction community has sounded the alarm for the potential of increased opioid relapses, along with a general increase in alcohol and drug use due to stress and anxiety. With physical distancing and shelter in place orders, many traditional treatment modalities like in person meetings are no longer an option, reducing access and increasing isolation. How are you as a dental provider equipped to meet these new clinical concerns? What role are you comfortable in playing in this public health crisis?  During this session hear from Cambridge Health Alliance dental providers who actively engaged in addressing BH and SUD issues through the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers Oral Health Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Screening Pilot Project.

After this course attendees will be able to:
  • Identify and share models for screening SUD and behavioral health in the CHC dental setting
  • List steps your dental practice can take to ensure patients overall health, including behavioral health
  • Examine what collaboration with behavioral health and SUD providers and facilities looks like, and how can it benefit your practice and patients now and in the future
  • Understand the activities and lessons learned through the SUD screening pilot project
Recommended Audience: Dentist