Youth Community-based Oral Health Learning Model
Start date: Feb 2, 2015,
End date: Feb 1, 2017
Poor oral health has a detrimental effect on youth’s quality of life, their performance at school and their success in later life. Youth who suffer from poor oral health are 12 times more likely to have restricted-activity days than those who do not.
European Ministers have asserted that the needs of EU citizens must be the centre of attention in the development of high quality health related information services and that the widespread availability of high quality health information creates the potential for citizen empowerment. Empowerment as an educational process is designed to help people develop the knowledge, skills, attitudes and degree of self-awareness necessary to effectively assume responsibility for their health-related decisions and is a key element of health literacy. Health literacy is recognized as a critical component of high-quality health care.
The goal of the Com4You is to develop a community-based learning model to enhance the health literacy of young population and to demonstrate how the implementation of the model can help improve oral hygiene of young population, especially of underserved youth. The project will also demonstrate how the goal can be achieved by largely mobilizing community resources. As good practice, the model will be implemented and demonstrated in one of the Member States most affected by oral diseases among children that is Romania.
The main objectives are:
1. Supporting the implementation of Youth community-based oral health education initiative by:
* largely mobilizing community resources and encouraging community volunteers
* providing tools to design and strengthen oral health literacy and oral-hygiene community-based E&T&C programmes
2. Providing understanding of oral health education tailored to the local conditions.
In the context of the action Partnership for Youth, the proposal emphasizes the participation of two youth target groups: (1) the main beneficiary of the CBLM, school children between 13 and 19 years, (2) dental students in medical faculties participating in the project both as education target and as oral health providers.
The project partners are: Karolinska Institute, Sweden, one of Europe's largest and most prestigious medical universities, the European Dental Hygienists Federation (EDHF) collaborating with European organizations in order to strengthen oral health in the society, the Institute of Public Health Bucharest (INSP) a specialized agency of the Ministry of Health, providing scientific, technical and methodological support to health policy-making, the Medical University, Romania UMF, the project coordinator, AFRA a consulting company in the field of oral health education, TES a ideal youth organization and DGSPC representing in the project youth from deprived groups.
The project will produce four Intellectual outputs developed in project's activities that are grouped in 6 work packages:
WP1: Inventory of needs and requirements and Baseline data analysis.
WP2: Development of curricula and educational and training material for target groups and stakeholders
WP3: Mobility and Training activities. Pilot study for oral health education of youth
WP4: Dissemination of results, Exploitation and Sustainability
WP5: Quality assurance
WP6: Project management, coordination and organization,
The methodology for developing the YCBL model consists in following phases: (1) identification of target groups and stakeholders, (2) creating networks and alliances and communication channels, (3) establishing the baseline for each target group, (4) defining roles and contribution of stakeholders, (5) developing E&T material and information material, (6) pilot phase, evaluation and tracking the progress, (7) dissemination of outcomes, (8) evaluation and revision of the YCBL model, (9) Developing Guidelines for YCBL model implementation at national and EU levels.
Results and outcomes, Tangible: (1) YCBL model and implementation Guideline, (2) website, newsletters, (3) E&T curricula and learning materials, (4) reports for each methodology phase, (5) workshops and seminars. (6) Demonstrate the relationship between health literacy and oral health status. Intangible: (1) Enhance knowledge and skills of children in oral health care, (2) Enhance awareness and commitment of community for public oral health activities, (3) Improve participation of dental students to community activities.
Expected impact: (1) Oral health education is introduced in the school education curriculum, (2) Improve by 100% the health literacy of young population, (3) Improve by 100% the enrolment in oral health education of children who experience the most severe inequalities in oral health, (4) reducing by 100% the school absence because of oral diseases, (5) Oral health education improve oral health status of young population, (6) strengthening the national capacity and research to improve the effectiveness of oral health care.
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