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145.46 Dental health education program.

Subdivision 1. Development of program. The commissioner of health shall assist school and community personnel, including dental professionals, to develop a comprehensive preventive oral health program in the elementary school community.

Subd. 2. Objectives. The program shall be operated so as to achieve the following:

(a) Decreasing oral disease through an instruction program or oral health education for teachers;

(b) Improving oral health knowledge, attitudes, and behavior of both the student and the wider school community, including educators, administrators, and parents; and

(c) Planning a sequential oral health education curriculum emphasizing behavior modification for the total health education program of a school system.

Subd. 3. Duties of commissioner of health. (a) Technical assistance teams; in-service training of educators. The commissioner of health shall establish technical assistance teams of dental hygienists, consulting dentists, and consulting health educators. The initial program will place one team in four state health regions and reflecting rural, suburban, and urban communities. The teams shall provide in-service education to teachers in the district on methods and techniques of dental behavior change.

(b) Guidelines for implementation in schools. The commissioner of health shall provide guidelines to selected schools for the implementation of their programs to train classroom teachers to be dental health educators. The teachers shall participate in oral health education, analysis, and recording of data.

(c) Standards; evaluation. The commissioner of health shall establish standards for program performance. These standards, together with accepted dental indices, shall be used by the technical assistance teams to evaluate school programs of oral health knowledge and behavior modification on test and control groups.

(d) Consultation to dental personnel. The commissioner of health shall provide information and assistance to dental personnel on methods and techniques of oral health behavior improvement.

HIST: 1975 c 434 s 25; 1977 c 305 s 45