Dental champions wanted to support community health

The California Department of Public Health’s Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Branch is recruiting the next cohort of "champion providers" to help support local health departments’ efforts to improve the health of communities by advancing local policy, systems and environmental change strategies. The department contacted CDA to express the importance of engaging dentists in this endeavor.

The Champion Provider Fellowship in May 2017 will onboard dentists and other health care providers from counties throughout California. Through the fellowship, passionate health care providers receive the necessary training and support to use their voices and expertise outside of the clinical setting to address the nation’s costly obesity epidemic, especially as it affects low-income, underserved communities.

Applications for prospective candidates will open in December.

Watch a two-minute video featuring pediatrician Andrette Ward, MD, in Los Angeles County. She explains why the Champion Provider Fellowship is important to her.

For more details about the fellowship, contact Jake Hanson, MPH, at the Department of Public Health.  

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