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Oral Health: MOTIVATE


Providing interprofessional teams in long-term care with education to advance their knowledge, skills and attitudes about oral health, while supporting best practices to promote evidence-based oral health care, will strengthen both an interprofessional collaborative practice model and total health care for older adults.

Thank you for your interest in the MOTIVATE Oral Health Education Program. In an effort to improve oral health in long-term care, Lunder-Dineen, in collaboration with a statewide team of Advisory Team members and the Maine Veterans’ Homes, is providing staff at our pilot sites the opportunity to participate in an oral health program. The program consists of four easy-to-use online modules and an in-person teaching session where participants have the opportunity to ask questions of oral health experts. Participants must complete the online modules AND attend the in-person teaching session or view a pre-recorded teaching session in order to complete the program.

Other components of this innovative interprofessional education pilot include on-site Oral Health Champions and dedicated program supplies.

Why is this program important?

Oral health is a critical area of educational need throughout Maine. Many health care professionals have turned their attention towards the relationship between oral health and overall health, as poor oral health can be associated with systemic disease.

How does this benefit your organization?

The MOTIVATE oral health education program aims to increase the knowledge, skills, and confidence of the interprofessional team enabling staff members to take an active role in the delivery of oral health care to residents consistent with recommended procedures and protocols.  During this pilot, the MOTIVATE program strives to ensure that the staff members have the education and the tools required to provide oral health care to every resident.  

How does it work?

  • Participants must be members of the interprofessional team at the Maine Veterans’ Homes in Scarborough or Augusta.  Our target audience is as follows: Certified Nursing Assistants, Dietary, Facilities Management/ Housekeeping, Nurses, Pharmacy, Respiratory Therapy, Social Workers, and the Therapy Department (PT,OT, SLP)
  • Participants must complete the online modules AND attend the in-person teaching session or view a pre-recorded teaching session and submit a program evaluation in order to complete the program. 

Online modules

Participants will complete four brief online modules.

Module 1: Oral Health Leads to Total Health: Foundations of Oral Health Care

Module 2: Tools of the Trade:  Steps in Providing Oral Health Care

Module 3: When to Wait and When to Act: Warning Signs of Oral Health Problems

Module 4: What to Do When A Resident Has Trouble With Oral Health Care: Working Together with Residents and Families

Live in-person teaching sessions

Attend the 1-hour in-person teaching session during which learners will participate in Informal Q&A sessions with opportunities to practice, apply, and integrate concepts learned into everyday practice with residents.

Post-workshop evaluation

Evaluations will be sent to participants who complete all online learning modules and attend the in-person teaching session or view a pre-recorded teaching session.

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MOTIVATE on WVOM FM – Senior Talk, September 30, 2018

On September 30, 2018, Lunder-Dineen MOTIVATE Advisory Team members spoke with Senior Talk’s show host and moderator Carol Higgins-Taylor about maintaining good oral health in older adults. The Advisory Team members included Lenard W. Kaye, DSW, PhD; Demi Kouzounas, DMD; and Timothy Oh, DMD, FACD, FPFA, FICD. 


Maine Veterans’ Home live video from our MOTIVATE go-live on April 26, 2018.


 Lunder-Dineen's MOTIVATE on Maine Calling



Lunder-Dineen on Maine Calling 

MOTIVATE pilot advisory team members Leonard Brennan, DMD; Nancy Foster, CDA, EFDA, RDH, EdM; and Marilyn Gugliucci, PhD, were recently on Maine Public's Maine Calling, discussing oral health in Maine and the MOTIVATE Oral Health Education Program.

You can listen to the program here.