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Resource Highlights:
Focus on Mobile and Portable Services

This collection of selected resources offers high-quality information about mobile and portable oral health services. Use the tools below for further searching, or contact us for personalized assistance.

Selected Materials in the OHRC Library


Bayne A, Knudson A, Garg A, Kassahun M. 2013. Promising Practices to Improve Access to Oral Health Care in Rural Communities. Bethesda, MD: NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis. 6 pp.

This issue brief presents findings from a literature review of oral health programs and lessons learned from seven Rural Health Care Services Outreach Program (Section 330A) grantees. Topics include program models, resources needed to support programs, program evaluation and sustainability strategies, and implications for communities. The brief also shares approaches and tools.

Glassman P, Harrington M, Namakian M. 2013. The Virtual Dental Home: Improving the Oral Health of Vulnerable and Underserved Populations Using Geographically Distributed Telehealth-Enabled Teams. San Francisco, CA: University of the Pacific, Pacific Center for Special Care. 9 pp.

This brief describes a community-based oral-health-delivery system in which people receive preventive and therapeutic services in community settings. Topics include why the system is needed, what it is, and how it works; results of a multi-site demonstration project across California; economic analysis; and conclusions.

Simon LP. 2013. The Role of Evaluation in Designing CHOMPERS! and Bringing Dental Care to Kids. Washington, DC: Grantmakers in Health. 2 pp.

This document describes CHOMPERS!, an initiative to improve young children's oral health. Topics include implementing the Cavity Free Kids curriculum and using portable equipment in settings where children gather, including preschools and community centers, to provide education and preventive and restorative services. Additional topics include the program's impact on parent knowledge, child practices, and access to care and support; lessons learned; and next steps.

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Selected Websites


Arizona Department of Health Services, Office of Oral Health

Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors

Mobile Health Clinics Association

Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention

ReachOut Healthcare America

University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Dentistry

Find more organizations in OHRC's Organizations Database.

Resource Highlights: Focus on Mobile and Portable Services. May 2014.

Reviewers: Larry Hill, American Association for Community Dental Programs; Beverly Isman, Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors


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