Episode 109 – Dr. Jane Grover – The ADA’s Alternative to Dental Therapy: Community Dental Health Coordinators
On this week’s episode of RTBB Dr. Zeller interviews Dr. Jane Grover. Dr. Grover is currently the Director of Council on Access, Prevention, and Relations at the American Dental Association. Dr. Grover is the expert on the ADA’s program for Community Dental Health Coordinators. This program is a module based curriculum intended to give members of the dental community the skills to help better navigate and coordinate the dental system for patients and dental teams. She compares the training to that acquired by community healthcare workers, crucial members of healthcare teams throughout the world. Dr. Grover believes that this program addresses access to care issues in dentistry.
Topics of discussion include:
- Meet our guest
- History of Community Dental Health Coordinator program
- International use of community health workers
- How to improve navigation and coordination of dental care
- Stakeholders in CDHC program
- Description of training program
- Program currently offered to hygienists, dental assistants, and community health workers.
- Examples of dental-medical integration
- How to integrate CDHC’s in your community
- Measuring success
- Obstacles for integrating CDHC’s
- Trainee satisfaction
Jane S. Grover, D.D.S., M.P.H. currently acts as the Director to the Council on Access, Prevention and Interprofessional Relations (CAPIR) in the division of Government/Public Affairs at the American Dental Association (ADA). Dr. Grover provides leadership, vision, management and coordination of the ADA’s activities in the areas of access to dental care, fluoridation and preventive activities, and integrating oral health as an essential part of overall health.
Dr. Grover most recently served as the dental director for the Center for Family Health, a federally qualified health center in Jackson, Mich. In addition, she is an adjunct faculty member of the University of Michigan School of Dentistry and Lutheran Medical Center of New York. She has been active in organized dentistry, first as a trustee of the Michigan Dental Association, and also on the ADA Strategic Planning Committee in the 1990s. She completed five years on the ADA Political Action Committee, serving 2003-2005 as chair. She served as vice-president of the ADA from October 2006 until October 2008.
Dr. Grover received her D.D.S. degree from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry and her M.P.H. degree from the University of Michigan School of Public Health.