Be a full time member of the Primary Care/ MDI team (NPs, RNs, MAs, and Social Workers, IBH specialists, dental staff) to facilitate integration, providing preventive and health education services. Establish and maintain ongoing relationship with staff and patients of Primary Care (PC), Behavioral Health (BH) and Dental Departments to optimize patient access to dental services
Assists in the oral health management of all assigned patients.
Perform caries risk assessment
Address appointment compliance barrier
Patient education to improve health literacy
Oral/ Systemic health education
Fluoride varnish application (Above services can be provided in the Primary Care room or MDI room)
Performs oral prophylaxis, scaling, oral hygiene instruction, fluoride treatments in the MDI treatment room.
Screens and takes radiographs for emergency patients for screening and timely referral to dental department.
Coordinates referral to the Dental Department for Comprehensive Evaluation and Treatment of patients after being seen for MDI hygiene visits.
Obtains baseline overall health and oral hygiene assessment data based upon accepted principles of oral hygiene and periodontal care; enter into the EDR.
Records patient-hygienist transactions and data acquired as they occur in the patient’s electronic dental record so that the dental record accurately and completely reflects the nature of the encounter, the condition of the patient and the care or treatment provided.
Posts all treatments provided at the end of the encounter for billing purposes.
Administers local anesthesia when needed for treatment under State Anesthesia Licensure.
Integrates and communicates appropriate patient oral health and hygiene care with other health care professionals involved in the patient’s health care management.
Participates in the Continuous Quality Improvement Program of the Dental Department of the center.
Performs independent procedures as delegated and directed by the Clinical Director within state regulations and law as well as Dental Department protocol and directives.
Assists in the maintenance of all Dental Department areas in compliance with Dental Department directives and policies as well as center policies and procedures relative to infection control, exposure control and safety issues.
Receives and places necessary telephone calls concerning professional matters, clinic business, and patient care.
Insures the proper disposal of all contaminated or potentially contaminated materials in accordance with Dental Department directive and center policy as well as state federal regulations.
Complies with the center’s Exposure Control Plan.
Responsible for personal compliance with all applicable federal, state, local and center rules, regulations, protocols and procedures governing the practice of dental hygiene and the clinical provision of dental hygiene services as well as those relating to, but not limited to, personnel issues, work place safety, public health and confidentiality.
As directed by a supervisor, performs other related and/or necessary tasks to achieve organizational and programmatic goals and objectives.
Maintains continuing education about the oral-systemic connection.
Meet with key staff in dental and other departments to confirm efficiency and efficacy of the process and patient management.
Work with IT, MDI staff to collect data, measure and evaluate the impact and outcomes of the integration effort.
Pennsylvania State Licensure as a Public Health Dental Hygiene Practitioner.
Pennsylvania State Local Anesthesia Licensure.
Competent with Electronic Dental Records.
Proficient with CCD digital x ray capture.Ability to maintain appropriate clinical privileges required
Family Practice and Counseling Network, a program of Resources for Human Development, is a network of community health centers providing comprehensive primary care, dental and behavioral health services. The Network consists of four health centers in Philadelphia – Abbottsford-Falls Family Practice & Counseling in the Northwest, the Stephen and Sandra Sheller 11th Street Family Health Services of Drexel University in the North, the Health Annex in the Southwest, and Annex West Philly housed in Action Wellness (formerly Action AIDS); and a convenient care clinic in Philadelphia – Fast Family Care. Today the Network serves more than 23,000 patients annually and is an NCQA certified Patient-Centered Medical Home.