The Efficacy of an Oral Health Educational Program on Knowledge in Caregivers

By Audrey P. Miller, Michelle Kameka and Chanadra Young-Whiting.

Published by The International Journal of Health, Wellness and Society

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The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of an oral health educational intervention on knowledge and behavior-specific cognitions and affect in caregivers of children. This was a descriptive study with a convenience sample of 400 Head Start caregivers, from seven sites in Miami-Dade County, who attended one of 18 oral health educational programs. The educational program was found to have a significant effect on caregivers’ knowledge and intent to provide oral health care to their children. Therefore, educational programs can have a positive impact on caregivers to promote preventive oral health care and decrease oral disease.

Keywords: Oral Health, Children, Caregivers, Head Start, Educational Program

The International Journal of Health, Wellness and Society, Volume 3, Issue 4, November 2014, pp.67-77. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: November 25, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 406.188KB)).

Dr. Audrey P. Miller

Assistant Professor, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Florida International University, Miami, Florida, USA

Dr. Audrey P. Miller was born in England from Jamaican parentage, was raised in Montego Bay until her family relocated to the states, and is the proud single parent to daughter, Brittany Lea Miller. Dr. Miller holds a faculty appointment as a visiting assistant professor for nursing at Florida International University (FIU); is the faculty mentor for the Biology-Nursing Bridge Program between FIU and Florida Memorial University (FMU); and is a research faculty mentor for FIUs Honors College. Dr. Miller received her Ph.D. in nursing from Barry University, her master’s in nursing education from Nova Southeastern University, and her bachelor’s in nursing from Florida International University. She worked 14 years for Jackson Health Systems, specializing and certified in pediatric nursing. Dr. Miller’s program of research is in the field of oral health and preventive health care for underprivileged, underserved children. She developed an oral health educational program, researching post-knowledge in Head Start families.

Dr. Michelle Kameka

Assistant Professor, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Florida International University, Miami, Florida, USA

Michelle Kameka, Ed.D, MPH, is an assistant professor in the Health Services Administration Division at Florida International University (FIU). She received her Ed.D in organizational leadership from Argosy University, Chicago; her master’s in public health from the University of Illinois at Chicago; bachelor’s in science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Kameka, in addition to being an educator, coordinates, plans, and implements various health programs throughout community areas. She has over 15 years of experience in the field of health service administration, working with the local, state, and federal government. Dr. Kameka’s research interests include sickle cell disease, transitioning from adolescence to adulthood, and health education/promotion. She is currently working on journal publications and grant proposals to receive funding for research projects that help improve the lives of individuals living with sickle cell disease.

Dr. Chanadra Young-Whiting

Clinical Assistant Professor and Interim Chair of BHSA Program, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Florida International University, Miami, Florida, USA

Chanadra Young-Whiting, Ed.D, MPH/HSA is a clinical assistant professor and interim chair for the Bachelors of Health Services Administration Division. She received her Ed.D in healthcare education from Nova Southeastern University, Davie, FL; her master’s in public health and health services administration from Barry University, Miami FL; her bachelor’s in biology from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, Tallahassee, FL; and her bachelor’s in science of medical technology from Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL. Dr. Young-Whiting has worked in all levels of education, as well as health organizations, for over 10 years, and her areas of specialty are childhood obesity, children, and adolescent health. Her research interests include health education, promotion, and prevention. She is currently working on journal publications and writing grants to improve health and physical education in low-income schools.