PROJECT GOOD ORAL HEALTH
Good Oral Health is an oral health research program based on three federally funded National Institute for Health (NIH) studies that encompasses nine years of collaborative, multidisciplinary formative and intervention research focused on helping senior housing residents in need of improved oral health care and knowledge learn how to best manage their oral health.
The three studies, funded by grants from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, include: Building Collaborative Research Infrastructure to Reduce Oral Health Disparities among Low Income Older Adults (1 RC4 DE021324, 2010 – 2013), Changing Oral Health Norms and Hygiene Practices among Vulnerable Older Adults Project GOH!: Good Oral Health (R34 DE022271-01, 2011 – 2013) and Good Oral Health: A Bi-level Intervention to Improve Older Adult Oral Health (1U01 DE024168, 2014-2019).
- The first study built a state, community and university partnership for geriatric oral health research and intervention.
- The second study tested a pilot for improving oral health and hygiene with residents of one publically subsidized building housing older adults and people with disabilities.
- The third is a five year clinical trial to evaluate components of the pilot intervention against each other over several cycles and added a sustainability component.
Over the course of these studies, our multidisciplinary teams have included researchers, health and social service providers, community outreach specialists and student interns in the following areas of expertise: anthropology, sociology, dentistry, dental hygiene, social work, nursing, medicine, adult education, public health, community outreach and biostatistics. All members of our research teams have brought with them a strong commitment to improve oral health knowledge and self-management, and to eliminate oral health disparities among vulnerable, low income community residents.
Research partners across studies include the Institute for Community Research (ICR) , University of Connecticut (UConn) School of Dental Medicine, North Central Area Agency on Aging (NCAAA), staff of local housing authorities and privately managed senior housing sites throughout central CT, and independently living residents of those buildings.
Efthimia Ioannidou, DDS, MDSc, UCONN School of Dental Medicine
Joanna Douglass, DDS, UCONN School of Dental Medicine
Ruth Goldblatt, DMD, FAGD, UCONN School of Dental Medicine
Andreea Dinicu, BS
Abigail Raynor, MPH
Stephanie Kisciras, BASc
Dental Fellows UCONN School of Medicine
Daniela Cuadra, DDS
Luis Miron, DDS
Graduate Dental Students
Chelsea Murphy, DMD
Demetress Davis, DDS, MDS
Hector Maldonado, MA
Ruth Hernandez, Ph.D.
Jeremy Figueroa-Ortiz, MA
Jonkay Jacobs, MA
Lourdes Janer, MSW
Clara Acosta-Glynn, MSW, MPH, Field Researcher, North Central Agency on Aging
Emil Coman, Ph.D., Data Analyst Institute for Community Research
Candace Corbeil, BA, Data Manager, Institute for Community Research
Helena Hilario, BA, Data Manager, Institute for Community Research
Mitch Irving, MPH, Data Manager, Institute for Community Research
Brian Tantillo, BA, Data Manager, Institute for Community Research
Yacihuila Moni, MA, Data Manager, Institute for Community Research
Ken Plourd, Research Assistant, Institute for Community Research
Luz Rohena, Field Researcher/Interviewer, Institute for Community Research
Paul Hubobenko, BA, CRA
Wendy Walsh, CRA
Connie Yan, BA
Megan Clement, CCRP, DA
Linda Burian, MS
Emily Marble, MBA
Susan Murphy, CPA
North Central Agency on Aging