Earlier Is Better

Project Overview

7th Funding Cycle Impact Award
     Project Start Date: 1/1/2012
     Project End Date: 12/31/2016

Project Goal Statement: To reduce the dental caries experience of Wisconsin Early Head Start children through evidence-based prevention and educational interventions during Early Head Start Programming.

Award Amount: $746,485

Community Partners:
Primary Community Partner: Karen Ordinans, Children's Health Alliance of Wisconsin
Additional community partner organization names:

  • Wisconsin Dental Association
  • Wisconsin Department of Health Services Oral Health Program
  • Wisconsin Head Start Association

Academic Partners:
Primary Academic Partner: Earnestine Willis, MD, MPH, Department of Pediatrics
Additional Academic Partners:

  • Lisa Olson, Department of Pediatrics, Center for the Advancement of Underserved Children (through November 2013)
  • Chelsea Hamilton, Department of Pediatrics, Center for the Advancement of Underserved Children (through December 2013)

Project Progress Summary Reports:
     Project Progress Report Summary 1/1/2012 - 8/31/2012
     Project Progress Report Summary 9/1/2012 - 8/31/2013
 

Affiliated Web Pages:
     Children's Health Alliance of Wisconsin
     Wisconsin Dental Association
     Wisconsin Department of Health Services Oral Health Program
     Wisconsin Head Start Association

Project Dissemination Efforts (as reported by project partners)

  • Articles
    • Article in the Wisconsin Dental Association Journal (October 2012)
    • Article in the Wisconsin Dental Association Journal (July 2013)
    • Article co-authored by the project manager in the Head Start National Center on Health newsletter (August 2013)
    • Presentation at an EHS family social (March 2013)
    • Conducted an Earlier Is Better informational program at the Oneida Head Start Health Advisory meeting (January 2013)
  • Outreach Materials / Events
    • Developed two goal setting magnets to assist families with strategies to improve oral health
  • Presentations
    • Introduced Earlier Is Better to Early Head Start health and nutrition staff at quarterly meeting (January 11, 2012)
    • Presented and displayed information on the project and the parent oral health education toolkit at a table exhibit during the Wisconsin Oral Health Coalition meeting (September 11, 2012)
    • Presentation at the National Oral Health Conference (April 30 and May 2, 2012)
    • Presentation at the Wisconsin Head Start Association annual meeting (February 2013)
Contact Us

Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment Research and Education Program (REP)
P: 414.955.8075 | E: ahw@mcw.edu

Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin Endowment Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program (HWPP)
P: 414.955.4350 | E: healthierwisconsin@mcw.edu

Medical College of Wisconsin
8701 Watertown Plank Road
Milwaukee, WI 53226
414-955-8296
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