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Children’s Access to Oral Health Services in Northern British Columbia





During the recent CAPHD annual meeting, Vanessa Johnson, a dental hygiene student in the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of British Columbia, presented her research project. She undertook the project to chart an environmental scan of health and oral health services for children in British Columbia. Vanessa’s project continues under the supervision of Dr. Leeann Donnelly, Associate professor in the same Faculty at UBC.

Dr. Donnelly and vanessa told me a bit about how the project came about and Vanessa showcased her presentation.

I hope you you find the  presentation informative. We always look forward to hearing your thoughts and receiving your questions and/or suggestions about this post and other topics. Leave a comment in the box below or send us your feedback by email.

Until next time!
Chiraz Guessaier, CDA Oasis Manager


  1. There are oral health disparities between the Northern Health Authority Region, Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal children.
  2. The research project aimed at identifying, describing, and mapping the currently available health and oral health services for children in Northern British Columbia.
  3. Increasing access to preventive dental care, provided by other health care providers, could potentially reduce regional oral health disparities over time.
  4. It has been shown that delivery of preventive dental services by physicians could reduce the rates of caries and number of hospitalizations for dental treatment.

Read/download the transcript of the conversation and the presentation (PDF) Coming Soon!

Oasis Moment/Preview (1.32")

Full Conversation & Presentation (12.15")

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