Genelle Lamont recently completed her DHPE fellowship at the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). She has accepted a position in the MDH Oral Health Program as the Coordinator for the Minnesota Oral Health Surveillance System (MNOHSS). The Oral Health Program is located in the MDH Center for Health Promotion, Division of Health Promotion and Chronic Disease. MNOHSS is one of the first state oral health surveillance systems (Wisconsin and Ohio have one as well). Genelle’s main role is to manage data sharing agreements and then collect, clean and format data for 13 pre-selected oral health indicators. Genelle will be working with MN. IT and staff from the Minnesota Public Health Access Portal to get the data web-ready; meaning that it will be available online with summaries, graphs, downloadable data and an interactive map. Genelle will also collect survey and focus group data from MDH stakeholders and end users such as dental professionals and researchers. This strategy will help to present the data in a manner that is user friendly and more sensitive to varying health literacy levels. The project is being funded by the Delta Dental Foundation and is expected to be completed by January 2015.
Genelle Lamont was a Cohort II (2012-2013) DHPE Fellow in the Center for Health Promotion, Minnesota Department of Health under the guidance of preceptor Don Bishop.