Rural Children in Crisis


Children in Crisis Video


Presented by Dr. Carol Berger, DNP, FNP-C, MSN, BS & Ashley Herrman, MPH

Course Description: Oral health care is an essential component of quality health, yet many Missourians go without every year. This spills over to Missouri’s children as well. Join us as we view the film “Rural Children in Crisis” and breakout into small group discussion to delve into the root causes of poor oral health in children and develop calls to action that we can all take to improve the oral health status of Missouri’s children.

Objectives: At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the barriers surrounding oral health care for children.
  • Provide at least two possible solutions to improve the oral health delivery system for children on Medicaid.

Has been a Family Practice Nurse Practitioner since 2009. Started in acute care working in hospitals and transitioned into rural health where she served as the primary care provider for Elsberry, Missouri in collaboration with Dr. Easterday from 2011 until 2017 when she began teaching future nurse practitioners at Maryville University. Shocked by the condition of young children in her clinic she began research into how primary care providers could help and found the Missouri Oral Health Program. She did her doctoral research and subsequent research into this subject. 

This speaker has declared no commercial conflict of interest relative to this presentation

Ashley Herrman, MPH, starts with the Coalition on August 20, 2018.  She will be working in a position that is new to the Coalition, the Community Outreach and Project Development Director, which has lead responsibility for broadening the Coalition statewide network.  Ashley has a wealth of knowledge and experience.  She has a background in public health with a Masters of Public Health from the University of Missouri Columbia and a Bachelor's of Science in Health Science from Truman State University.  Ashley has worked in local public health agencies as well as in non-profit organizations.  She has extensive experience in tobacco control and prevention, as well as other healthy living initiatives such as access to healthy food and increasing community health through physical activity.  Ashley is an advocate for oral health and community relationship building to advance public health policies both locally and at a state level.

This speaker has declared no commercial conflict of interest relative to this presentation