This is the second year that CPEC Head Start/Early Head Start has participated in the UCLA Health Care Institute (HCI). The National Center on Health’s innovative health literacy improvement program is focused on creating a culture of health and wellness in our community and CPEC is one of only 27 agencies nationwide to be chosen to participate in this cohort.
This program provides for training and materials to educate parents and guardians about oral health based on the “What to Do For Healthy Teeth” book. Research shows that dental care is the greatest unmet healthcare need among children in the U.S and tooth decay is the number one chronic disease of childhood. Though preventable, tooth decay is five times more common than asthma and four times more common than early childhood obesity. Good oral health improves a person's ability to speak, smile, eat, and show feelings & emotions. By delivering this easy to understand training to families, CPEC strives to not only improve children’s oral health but also to empower parents to make more informed decisions about their child’s dental needs and provide them with the skills needed to prevent poor oral health.
Parent training events were conducted for Head Start families in Scott, Claiborne, Hancock and Campbell Counties in the Fall of 2017. Families received a “What to for Healthy Teeth” book, oral health care items, door prizes, dinner and specialized training. CPEC appreciates our Head Start and Early Head Start families and staff who helped make this a successful event.