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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.

Children's Partnership and the Pacific Center for Special Care. 2015. The Virtual Dental Home. Santa Monica, CA: Children's Partnership. 2 pp.

This document describes a system that combines technological advances with work force innovations to bring oral health care to children. Topics include barriers to accessing oral health care among children, how the system works, client satisfaction and quality of care, and economic benefits. The document also provides information about efforts to advance state policy changes and educate stakeholders about how they can implement the Virtual Dental Home in their communities.

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

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Resource Highlights: Focus on Mobile and Portable Services. July 2015.

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


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