Papers address unmet need for dental care, dental health promotion, program development issues, descriptions of model programs, state initiatives in prevention and service delivery.
Strengthening Children’s Oral Health: Views From the Field
With support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, CHHCS conducted key informant interviews with 25 experts involved in the past decade’s efforts to improve the oral health of low-income and minority children. Key informants believe that success requires addressing both consumer demand and provider supply factors. They cite the lack of public outcry for more accessible oral health care and the undervaluing of oral health, relative to medical care. Informants were cautiously optimistic that strategies such as health literacy or outreach campaigns, which have helped increase children’s physical activity and improve their diets, offer unexplored opportunities for progress.
Comprehensive Oral Health Services Through School Based Health Centers: Expert Workgroup Meeting Summary – November 2-3, 2011
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) convened a meeting of children’s oral health experts on November 2-3, 2011. The purpose of the meeting was for those in attendance to provide guidance to MCHB for a new HRSA grant program that will support comprehensive oral health programs in school-based health centers (SBHCs). This document was prepared by Julia Lear, PhD and Donna Behrens, RN, MPH, Center for Health & Health Care in Schools, GW School of Public Health and Health Services, Washington DC.
Clinical operations and management
From appointment procedures to dental quality to management information systems, Dr. Rosenthal’s Toolkit walks you through the essentials of establishing and maintaining a high quality productive dental program.
Four excellent papers focus on various aspects of Medicaid and its support of children’s dental services
State and local dental health policies and programs
Fourteen states describe model programs and funding initiatives to expand dental programs for low-income children.
Caring for Kids Grant Initiative
Information from a multi-site RWJF grant program to expand dental health care through school-based health centers. Individual site descriptions as well as program-wide data are presented.
Resources and links
A handful of excellent resources addressing clinical, program and policy issues.
A brief bibliography focused on school-based oral health services.