The New York City Research and Improvement Networking Group (NYC RING)

South Asian Patients and Navigators’ Action (SAPNA) Child Oral Health Project

Longitudinal, randomized trial

Assessment and Intervention
Participants will be randomized to receive ‘enhanced usual care’ by Pediatrician only, or Counseling Intervention. Intervention arm will provide an additional two (2) in-person and three (3) phone empowerment-based counseling sessions emphasizing ‘learning through dialogue’ to 1) assess knowledge, attitude and practices regarding child oral health, 2) provide education on children’s oral health, 3) facilitate structure awareness (regarding diet and feeding practices), 4) helps set goals for change, and 5) developing an action plan for obtaining goals.

Compare quantitative oral health practices and behaviors between control and intervention groups

Mothers or guardians of 9-18 month old children, with a scheduled well-child visit who are:
       •   Bangladeshi immigrants and speak Bangla or English
       •   Able to provide informed consent in Bangla or English
       •   Planning on continuing care at Bronx East for the next 12 months
       •   Willing to provide contact information (either home or cell phone number)

$35 for each Research Interview ($135 total)

Participating Sites
Bronx East (Montefiore), Jacobi Medical Center Children’s Health Center (HHC), and Long Island City Community Practice (Weill Cornell Medical College)

Principal Investigator
Alison Karasz, PhD and Diane McKee, MD MS

Project Timeline
Anticipated start date TBD; anticipated 3 months of active recruitment at site

Recruitment Strategies
   Mailing and Phone Invitation
       •   Patients with scheduled well-child visit will be mailed letter with study information and given opportunity to opt-
           out of contact by self-addressed stamped postcard (enclosed) or calling study team

   Patients who do not opt-out will be contacted and provided with study information Waiting area Invitation
       •   Patients with scheduled well-child visit will be identified to study staff for and provided with study information upon
           registering for appointment.

Contact information:
Claudia Lechuga, NYC RING Coordinator,, 718-430-2023

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