Public Health Dental Hygienist Practitioner- NW Pennsylvania -GHP

Job ID: J122364
Company: Gateway Health Plan
Location: Home, PA, United States
Facility: Work From Home
Full/Part Time: Full time
Job Type: Regular
Posted at: May 3, 2018

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GENERAL OVERVIEW: 

Public Health Dental Hygienist Practitioner provides dental care through government-sponsored program for Medicaid.  The program is focused to design to aid in Healthcare for underserved populations, with a focus on children 0 – 21 years of age.  This position is at the practitioner level in the care and treatment of the teeth and gums.  The PHDHP provides preventive and therapeutic and intraoral services.  The PHDHP performs hygiene duties such as examining teeth and other oral structures, cleaning teeth, applying sealants and topical fluoride and perform radiological procedures without the direct supervision of a Dentist.  The PHDHP maintains records of dental treatment.  Must work within the public at various locations and different shifts as assigned based on the plans dental and health needs.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES: 

1. Develops dental health program in conjunction with Medical and Dental Officer, Program Managers and key contacts.

2. Develops outreach program to identify eligible members

3. Develops outreach strategy and documents established contacts

4. Develops educational instruction materials to provide to members, schools and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) to promote Oral health wellness.

5. Maintains records of all outreach and communications internally and externally

Performs other related work as required

III. QUALIFICATIONS:

Education, Licenses/Certifications, and Experience

Minimum

  • Must be a Registered Dental Hygienist in the state of Pennsylvania
  •    Possession of a Pennsylvania State license as a Dental Hygienist at the time of application.  Certification by the Pennsylvania State Board of Dentistry as a Public Health Dental Hygiene Practitioner at time of application.
  • A minimum of three years dental hygiene experience in dental clinic or practice.
  • Ability to travel at least 75% of the time and work a flexible schedule.

Preferred

  • Associates or Bachelor of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene, Health Science or Allied Health from an accredited college or university.  Or any combination of education and experience determined to be acceptable by the Office of Human Resources which includes Certification by the Pennsylvania State Board of Dentistry as a public Hygiene Practitioner
  • Five plus years of dental hygiene experience in a dental practice or clinic.
  • Sufficient training and/or experience to be able to understand and speak fluently in a non-English language.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of:

  • Principles, practices and current developments of dental hygiene
  • Principles and practices of preventive medicine, as they apply to dental hygiene
  • The types and uses of dental instruments and of the preparation and use of dental materials
  • Technical dental treatment procedures and dental nomenclature
  • Radiological procedures
  • General office procedures, patient flow and standard clerical operations as they apply to a dental clinic
  • Public Health concepts and dental hygiene practices and procedures
  • Current infection control procedures, blood borne pathogen standards and OSHA regulations
  • Use of computers and standard computer software packages used foe word processing, spreadsheets and database management

Skill in:

  • Dental procedures and techniques such as sterilization and care of instruments
  • Taking and developing x-rays
  • Instructing patients, especially children and adolescents in proper care of teeth and gums
  • Cleaning teeth, application of fluoride and sealants

Ability to:

  • Perform a full range of established dental hygienist protocol and procedures
  • Analyze dental records and formulate effective therapeutic treatment plans
  • Communicate technical information to non-technical personnel
  • Carry out proper procedures, practices and manner while giving treatment
  • Obtain the confidence and cooperation of preschool and school age children while rendering dental treatment
  • Instruct children and parents in proper dental care and oral hygiene

IV. SCOPE OF RESPONSIBILITY 

Does this role supervise/manage other employees?  Yes          

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