Since its inception, the CES University School of Dentistry has developed family and community health programs, which over time have evolved and adapted to new technologies to generate more assertive communication in line with real needs. and individuals from the population.
In accordance with the current contingency, the opportunity was presented to materialize these actions and carry out activities with the use of technology to give continuity to the community programs that are being developed and that provide coverage to remote populations or that do not have enough information. for oral care, it was also an alternative for the students to carry out their interventions.
In the first half of 2020, the seventh semester students of the Faculty of Dentistry provided coverage in the programHealthy and Smiling Families26 surrogate mothers from the Private Committee for Childhood Assistance (PAN), which has been developing for 3 years. It should be noted that on this occasion families from the municipalities of Urrao and Jericó were linked that had not been included in previous cohorts due to the distance to make the visits, in addition, the 26 mothers were certified as oral health carers through the virtual course and also 159 people of different age groups belonging to the intervened families were reached with virtual activities adapted to their needs.
On the other hand, in the community health program, eighth semester students carried out training activities for caregivers of people with disabilities, the elderly, and caregivers of children and adolescents, who also became certified as caregivers in oral health through the virtual course. The students worked with three groups of children from foundations, one of them made up of teenage mothers with their babies, thus training 96 people with these activities.
“In general, both were very positive experiences, in which the creativity and commitment of the students and the support of the beneficiaries played a very important role. It is highlighted that with virtuality it was possible to access a wide spectrum of the population that could not be covered with the traditional means of health education”, Highlighted María Cristina Giraldo Zuluaga, professor at the Faculty.
With the lessons learned in this period, adjustments will be made to continue implementing this type of action in remote populations.