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Scholars Day: April 15, 2009

Tooth Decay – The Most Prevalent Childhood Disease and What Policymakers Are Doing About It

The most prevalent childhood disease is tooth decay, affecting more than ¾ of the population by age 17. Annually in the United States, missed school hours due to dental illness is equivalent to 44,835 children not attending school for an entire year. Since dental health issues are preventable with appropriate hygiene practices, what are policymakers doing to prioritize dental health for America's families? Effective September 1, 2008, it is New York State law that schools request dental health information from their students at the same time they require families to provide physical information (usually before grades K and 6). This presentation will discuss the successes and limitations of this policy, recommend improvements, and argue the role of social work in ensuring that policymakers are supporting effective ways to help America’s kids stay healthy.

Presenter: Leanne McAndrews (Graduate Student)
Topic: Social Work
Location: 316 MetroCenter
Time: 6:40 pm (Session VI)