City of Antwerp: Preventive oral healthcare for vulnerable children and youngsters

15 June 2022 → 31 December 2025
Funding by decentralised authorities
Research disciplines
  • Medical and health sciences
    • Health promotion and policy
    • Community child health
Oral Health Care Dental hygienist
Project description

The city of Antwerp aims to improve access to dental care for vulnerable children and youth up to 18 years old. Ghent University receives funding for the appointment of a half-time dental hygienist, who will outreach to socially vulnerable families in a proactive manner, providing guidance in their preventive oral care and facilitating access to regular dental services. The operational area for this project is exclusively within ELZ-Antwerp South. Ghent University coordinates the project, establishes a network within the coverage area of ELZ-Antwerp South, organizes screenings, collaborates with external dental practices to provide dental care, trains professionals and/or volunteers in the community as dental care coaches, and explores and prepares for further expansion into other primary care zones in the city of Antwerp.