Earlier Is Better

Project Overview (PDF)

7th Funding Cycle Impact Award

    Project Start Date:    January 1, 2012
    Project End Date:      December 31, 2016
    Award Amount:         $746,485

Project Goal Statement: To reduce the dental caries experience of Wisconsin Early Head Start children through evidence-based prevention and educational interventions during Early Head Start Programming.

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  Community Partners:

Primary Community Partner: Karen Ordinans, Children's Health Alliance of Wisconsin
Additional Community Partner Organization Names:

  • Wisconsin Dental Association
  • Wisconsin Department of Health Services Oral Health Program
  • Wisconsin Head Start Association
  Academic Partners:

Primary Academic Partner: Earnestine Willis, MD, MPH, Department of Pediatrics
Additional Academic Partners:

  • Lisa Olson, Department of Pediatrics, Center for the Advancement of Underserved Children (through November 2013)
  • Chelsea Hamilton, Department of Pediatrics, Center for the Advancement of Underserved Children (through December 2013)
  Project Progress Summary Reports:
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  Project Dissemination Efforts (as reported by project partners)
  • Articles
    • Article in the Wisconsin Dental Association Journal (October 2012)
    • Article in the Wisconsin Dental Association Journal (July 2013)
    • Article co-authored by the project manager in the Head Start National Center on Health newsletter (August 2013)
    • Presentation at an EHS family social (March 2013)
    • Conducted an Earlier Is Better informational program at the Oneida Head Start Health Advisory meeting (January 2013)
    • Featured in an article in the February 2015 edition of the Wisconsin Dental Association Journal
    • Article accepted for publication in the Journal of Public Health Dentistry Presentations
    • Article published in the Journal of Public Health Dentistry (January 2016)
    • Article published in the Journal of the American Dental Association (August 2016)
  • Outreach Materials / Events
    • Developed two goal setting magnets to assist families with strategies to improve oral health
    • Produced three oral health Motivational Interviewing videos in collaboration with Kansas Head Start Association
    • Sponsored a MI training at the Wisconsin Head Start annual meeting (February 2014)
    • Presented a project summary at the Wisconsin Dental Association Board of Trustees meeting (June 2014)
    • Wrote guest editorial on oral health during pregnancy for the American Dental Hygienists' Association Access magazine
    • Provided educational programs for dental hygiene students at the Milwaukee Area Technical College and Waukesha County Technical College
    • Developed webinar-based home visitor training
    • Conducted educational programs for Milwaukee Area Technical College (September 2015 and February 2016), Waukesha County Technical College (October 2015) and Nicolet College (November 2015) dental hygiene students, Marquette University pediatric nurse practitioner students (March 2016), MCW PhD students (March 2016), the Dodge County Health Department (April 2016), the Brown County United Way (June 2016) and Renewal Unlimited (August 2016)
    • Conducted community marketing at the Wisconsin Head Start Association annual meeting (February 2016), Milwaukee Public Health Association Health Advisory Committee Meeting (April 2016), Wisconsin Public Health Association (May 2016) and Wisconsin Dental Association In Session annual meeting (October 2016)
    • Conducted community presentations at Head Start Dental Day (October 2015), Dane County Early Head Start Parent Council (December 2015), Guadalupe Head Start Health Advisory Committee (December 2015), Acelero Early Head Start (January 2016), Milwaukee Public Schools Head Start Health Advisory Committee (March 2016), and Western Dairyland Early Head Start (April 2016)
  • Presentations
    • Introduced Earlier Is Better to Early Head Start health and nutrition staff at quarterly meeting (January 11, 2012)
    • Presented and displayed information on the project and the parent oral health education toolkit at a table exhibit during the Wisconsin Oral Health Coalition meeting (September 11, 2012)
    • Presentation at the National Oral Health Conference (April 30 and May 2, 2012)
    • Presentation at the Wisconsin Head Start Association annual meeting (February 2013)
    • Presented a project summary and preliminary findings at the Wisconsin Oral Health Coalition annual conference (September 2014)
    • Presented and displayed project information at the Children's Health Alliance of Wisconsin 20 Year Anniversary conference (June 2014)
    • Co-presented a workshop at the National Oral Health conference (April 2014)
    • Co-presented preliminary project results at the Wisconsin Oral Health Coalition/EIB stakeholder meeting (September 2014)
    • Presentation at the Wisconsin Head Start Association Conference (January 2015)
    • Presentation at the American Dental Hygienists Association (June 2015)
    • Presentation at the National Oral Health Conference (April 2016)
    • Presentation at the Wisconsin Oral Health Conference (September 2016)
Contact Us

Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program (HWPP)
P: 414.955.4350 | E: healthierwisconsin@mcw.edu

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