3 CE credits
This course was
written for dentists,
Supplement to Penn Well Publications
Go Green, Go Online to take your course
for the Dental Provider
A Peer-Reviewed Publication
Written by Sherri M. Lukes, RDH, MS, FAADH
PennWell designates this activity for 3 continuing educational credits.
Dental Board of California: Provider 4527, course registration number CA# 03-4527-15080
“This course meets the Dental Board of California’s requirements for 3 units of continuing education.”
Cultural competence is a vast topic of great importance to
the field of dentistry. In an increasingly diverse society, it
is necessary for dental professionals to be culturally competent healthcare providers. A dynamic process, attaining
cultural competence includes awareness and understanding of the many factors that influence culture and how
that awareness translates into providing dental services
within clients’ cultural parameters. Multiple resources are
available for dental professionals to become culturally
competent healthcare providers, ensuring delivery of the
best possible care for all clients.
At the conclusion of this educational activity
participants will be able to:
1. Describe key trends in the demographics of
culturally diverse populations
2. Discuss the evolution of cultural competence
in health care and dentistry
3. Define cultural competence terms and ideas
about health and wellness
4. Describe communication issues associated
with working with diverse populations
5. Explain oral practices and oral health
disparities of diverse populations
Sherri M. Lukes, RDH, MS, FAADH - A dental hygienist for 35 years Sherri
Lukes holds advanced degrees in education. She is associate professor emerita,
Southern Illinois University, where she taught oral pathology, public health and
multicultural dental hygiene. Research was concentrated in migrant oral health,
pathology and public health issues, resulting in multiple peer reviewed publications. She serves on the Penn Well continuing education advisory committee
and the peer review board for Dimensions of Dental Hygiene. She is an approved
speaker of and holds a pathology fellowship in the American Academy of Dental
Hygiene and is immediate past president of the Illinois Dental Hygienists’ Association. Honors include Community Service, Research, and Teacher of the Year
awards while at SIU, IFLOSS Coalition/Illinois Department of Public Health Oral
Health Champion Award and the Sunstar/RDH Award of Distinction.
Sherri M. Lukes, RDH, MS, FAADH is a member of the Penn Well continuing dental
Publication date: May 2016
Expiration date: May 2019
This educational activity has been made possible through an unrestricted grant from Ortek Therapeutics, Inc.
This course was written for dentists, dental hygienists and assistants, from novice to skilled.
Educational Methods: This course is a self-instructional journal and web activity.
Provider Disclosure: Penn Well does not have a leadership position or a commercial interest in any products or services
discussed or shared in this educational activity nor with the commercial supporter. No manufacturer or third party has had
any input into the development of course content.
Requirements for Successful Completion: To obtain 3 CE credits for this educational activity you must pay the required
fee, review the material, complete the course evaluation and obtain a score of at least 70%.
CE Planner Disclosure: Heather Hodges, CE Coordinator does not have a leadership or commercial interest with products
or services discussed in this educational activity. Heather can be reached at email@example.com
Educational Disclaimer: Completing a single continuing education course does not provide enough information to result
in the participant being an expert in the field related to the course topic. It is a combination of many educational courses
and clinical experience that allows the participant to develop skills and expertise.
Image Authenticity Statement: The images in this educational activity have not been altered.
Scientific Integrity Statement: Information shared in this CE course is developed from clinical research and represents
the most current information available from evidence based dentistry.
Known Benefits and Limitations of the Data: The information presented in this educational activity is derived from the
data and information contained in reference section. The research data is extensive and provides direct benefit to the patient
and improvements in oral health.
Registration: The cost of this CE course is $59.00 for 3 CE credits.
Cancellation/Refund Policy: Any participant who is not 100% satisfied with this course can request a full refund by
contacting PennWell in writing.
The PennWell Corporation is designated as an Approved PACE Program Provider by the
Academy of General Dentistry. The formal continuing dental education programs of this
program provider are accepted by the AGD for Fellowship, Mastership and membership
maintenance credit. Approval does not imply acceptance by a state or provincial board of
dentistry or AGD endorsement. The current term of approval extends from (11/1/2015) to
(10/31/2019) Provider ID# 320452.