Estimates and Projections of COVID-19 and Parental Death in the US. This article from JAMA Pediatrics highlights the needs of children who have lost parents to Coronavirus, noting a substantial increase in parental bereavement estimated to be 17.5% to 20.2% higher than pre-pandemic rates. Click here to read on about how parental bereavement is affecting the pediatric population during the COVID-19 pandemic. (April 6, 2021)
Talking with Your Patients about COVID-19 Vaccines. The latest toolkit from the American Dental Association has arrived. Intended to help you inspire vaccine confidence in your patients and their caregivers during the COVID-19 pandemic, this communications guide is fit with conversation starters, take-home fact sheets, and sample emails to reach out to your patients to encourage vaccination. Social media do's and don'ts? Find the answers in Patient Return: Talking with Your Patients About COVID-19 Vaccines.
Parent Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope with the Coronavirus Disease 2019. This family-focused resource outlines practical tips to help households respond to stressors during the pandemic. Topics include preparing for the enduring effects of COVID-19, coping with stress during a pandemic like COVID-19, and helping children cope. Click here to read more. (February 26, 2021)
COVID-19 Fact Sheet for Grandfamilies and Multigenerational Families. From Generations United’s National Center on Grandfamilies comes COVID-19 resource tailored specifically for multigenerational families whose young and old are living together through the pandemic. Find financial help and other basic needs resources, crisis hotlines and more in this well-rounded guide. Click here to view. (February 26, 2021)
Supporting Young Children Isolated Due to Coronavirus. Parents and caregivers may be overwhelmed with new responsibilities during the pandemic. This concise document from Louisiana State University focuses on the five key things that parents caregivers can focus on to help their children cope with isolation from their normal routine. Click here to read. (February 26, 2021)
New Fact Sheet: Talking to Parents about the COVID-19 Pandemic. What to say to families coming back to your practice? This new AAPD resource gives concise positive answers to parent questions about treatment, appointments, dental emergencies and other topics related to the oral health care of their children. It lets families know that even though the office may look a bit different, you continue to provide the highest quality of care possible while keeping children safe and comfortable during the dental visit. You can use the fact sheet in conversations with parents, email it to families, and post it on your website and Facebook page. It can be adopted as is or modified to suit your practice. And don’t forget to share it with your referring dental and medical offices. Click here to access the FAQ. (May 9, 2020)
(January 7, 2021) This interesting article on patient health literacy focuses on the epidemic of disinformation, how it relates to misinformation and how health professionals can use what they already know to engage their patients in thoughtful discussion while maintaining trust and stewarding health. To read COVID-19 Conspiracies and Beyond, click here. (January 7, 2021)