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Dentists can apply for Champion Provider Fellowship by Jan. 15, 2021, to address obesity, dental disease

November 30, 2020 1013

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During the two-year program, providers will gain the skills and support needed to address obesity, dental disease, inactivity and other serious health determinants in their communities and throughout California.

The Champion Provider Fellowship is accepting applications from dentists who are seeking to use their expertise to strategize and advocate for change around obesity and chronic disease prevention.

The Champion Provider Fellowship is a partnership between the University of California, San Francisco, Division of General Internal Medicine and the California Department of Public Health. Throughout the two-year program, providers will gain the skills and support needed to address obesity, dental disease, inactivity and other serious health determinants in their communities and throughout California.

“California is experiencing an epidemic of obesity leading to costly chronic diseases, including type 2 diabetes, stroke and heart disease — especially in low-income, underserved communities,” said Jayanth Kumar, DDS, MPH, state dental director of the California Department of Public Health. “Becoming a Champion Provider empowers dentists to use their skills and trusted voices to improve the health of their communities.”

Since 2014, the program has trained and supported 17 dentists who have each played a critical role in community change initiatives to address and mitigate the obesity epidemic.

“Dentists are in a unique position to advocate for the changes needed to address underlying factors related to dental caries,” Dr. Kumar said. “This fellowship will give dentists the tools to make a difference beyond the individual patients they see in their dental practices.”

As a Fellow, dentists will receive and participate in:

  • CME/CDE-certified training on community outreach and advocacy concepts and strategies
  • Interactive webinars on obesity prevention strategies and other topics to advance community change work
  • Quarterly works-in-progress calls with UCSF research faculty to develop Fellowship projects
  • Personalized consultation on working with the media
  • Virtual training and ongoing technical assistance from UCSF faculty
  • Facilitated connections with local health department officials
  • Membership in a statewide network of like-minded health professionals

Candidates have until Jan. 15, 2021, to submit an application. Learn more about the application process and apply today.