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Assuring Infection Prevention: The dental health care professional’s role when working in a volunteer setting

Cost:  Suggested donation of $10 for all participants
Date:  March 10, 2020
Time:  5:30 – 7 p.m.
Location:  Hope Dental Clinic, 800 Minnehaha Avenue East, Suite 465, Saint Paul, MN 55106

This class is appropriate for all clinicians and students.

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What you’ll learn

Using the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) “Summary of Infection Prevention Practices in Dental Settings: Basic Expectation for Safe Care” documents as a foundation, this course will address the role and responsibilities of a dental health care professional who is providing services in a community or volunteer event setting. Participants will review MN Statute 150A.10, subd.1a Collaborative Practice Authorization for Dental Hygienists in Community Settings law, Minnesota Board of Dentistry law and rules and discuss infection prevention practices with their peers.

Trainer: Clare Larkin, RDH, MS Ed

Clare Larkin has been a licensed dental hygienist since 1977 with wide-ranging experience in clinical dental hygiene, dental public health, dental hygiene education and oral health advocacy/policy development. She served as faculty for dental hygiene programs at Normandale Community College, Metropolitan State University and the University of Minnesota. Most recently she held a position as planner principal/prevention coordinator for the Minnesota Department of Health, Oral Health Program focusing on grant-funded school-based dental sealant programs and community water fluoridation.

She has lengthy involvement with collaborative dental hygiene practice efforts focused on advancement of the dental hygiene profession, increasing access to oral health care for more people, assuring health equity, and realizing the need and potential for dental-medical integration.

Clare retired from full time employment in early 2019 however she remains active with professional initiatives and recognizes the importance of life-long learning/continuing education and how it leads to advancement of and quality assurance for the oral health profession.

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