This course series is for New Mexico Registered Dental Hygienists who wish to co-function in the role of Community Dental Health Coordinator (CDHC). CDHC's work with underserved communities, and have an emphasized skill set related to oral health. Working under the direction of a dentist, and in partnership with a community clinic, CDHCs provide oral health education, prevention intervention, and low-level dental care. They also help patients navigate an often-complex public health system to receive adequate oral healthcare. CDHCs will also establish an oral health referral system with the community clinic, federally qualified health system, and/or dentists with whom they work.
Our program can be completed by completing online classes, face to face labs and completing 150 hours of CDHC outreach in your community. Rich, interactive didactic content is facilitated online by subject matter experts certified in facilitating online instruction. After completion of the series, completers may be eligible for CDHC certification issued by the NM DOH (see NM Dental Board rules for eligibility).
Prerequisites: Documentation of Registration as an RDH; Licensed dentist willing to serve as preceptor; Completion of a Clinical Compliance packet including caregiver's criminal background check, drug screening and immunizations; Current BLS certification.
Participants should have their own stethoscope and blood pressure kit, scrubs and a lab coat; closed toe leather shoes and transportation to outreach sites.
*Participants who do not live in or possess NM licensure, may waive the required Palliative Dental Care class with proof of residency outside of NM.
Registration applications may be requested from email@example.com. Proof of RDH required.