Earlier Is Better

Project Overview

7th Funding Cycle Impact Award
     Project Start Date:   1/1/2012
     Project End Date: 12/31/2016
     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.

 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:

Project Progress Report Summary January 2012 - August 2012
Project Progress Report Summary September 2012 - August 2013
Project Progress Report Summary September 2013 - August 2014

 Affiliated Web Pages:

Children's Health Alliance of Wisconsin
Wisconsin Dental Association
Wisconsin Head Start Association

 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)
  • 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
  • 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)
Contact Us

Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program (HWPP)
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