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National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center. 2016. Promoting oral health care during pregnancy: An update on activities. Washington, DC: National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center, 4 pp.

National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center
Georgetown University Box 571272
Washington, DC 20057-1272

Telephone: (202) 784-9771
E-mail: OHRCinfo@georgetown.edu
Website: http://www.mchoralhealth.org
Available from the website.

This series provides an overview of activities to promote oral health during pregnancy. The series discusses efforts of federal agencies and national, state, and local organizations to launch programs, advance policy, and produce resources to ensure that both health professionals and pregnant women are aware of the importance and safety of receiving oral health care during pregnancy. [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]


Hecht A, Buck S, Patel A. 2016. Water first: A toolkit for promoting water intake in community settings. Battle Creek, MI: W. K. Kellogg Foundation, 2 items.

This guide is designed to help communities prevent obesity and dental caries and promote children's overall development by promoting drinking water as an alternative to sugary drinks such as soda and sports drinks. Contents include strategies for building a team and defining and spreading the message in child care facilities, clinics, parks, schools, and other community-based settings. A 2-page fact sheet is also available.


Altarum Institute. 2015. Reducing the burden of childhood dental disease in Michigan. Ann Arbor, MI: Altarum Institute, 2 pp.

Altarum Institute
3520 Green Court, Suite 300
Ann Arbor, MI 48105

Telephone: (734) 302-4600
Secondary Telephone: (800) 879-6505
Fax: (734) 302-4991
E-mail: http://www.altarum.org/contact
Website: http://www.altarum.org
Available from the website.

This fact sheet describes a program to optimize children's oral health care in Michigan by increasing the number of children receiving preventive care and advancing care practices in both the health community and the oral health community. Topics include targeting preventive services to children at high risk for dental caries, improving processes and tools for health professionals, implementing a statewide quality-monitoring program, and integrating health-information technology.


Michigan Oral Health Coalition. 2015. Check-up on oral health: A call to action. Lansing, MI: Michigan Oral Health Coalition, 5 pp.

Michigan Oral Health Coalition
7215 Westshire Drive
Lansing, MI 48917

Telephone: (517) 827-0466
Fax: (517) 381-8008
Website: http://www.mohc.org
Available from the website.

This document provides information about the importance of oral health throughout the lifespan, the economic costs of oral disease and oral health disparities, and efforts to improve access to preventive oral health services in Michigan. Topics include gains made in increasing access statewide through the expansion of Healthy Kids Dental, a public-private partnership between the Michigan Department of Community Health and Delta Dental; maintenance of dental benefits for adults enrolled in Medicaid; community water fluoridation; and dental sealants.


National Academy for State Health Policy. 2015. Adult dental benefits in Medicaid: Recent experiences from seven states. Portland, OR: National Academy for State Health Policy, 3 items.

National Academy for State Health Policy
10 Free Street, Second Floor
Portland, ME 04101

Telephone: (207) 874-6524
Secondary Telephone: (202) 903-0101
Fax: (207) 874-6527
E-mail: info@nashp.org
Website: http://www.nashp.org
Available from the website.

This brief summarizes policy lessons from seven states (California, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Massachusetts, Virginia, and Washington) that added, reinstated, or enhanced their Medicaid adult dental benefits. Accompanying case studies provide in-depth looks at each state's choices on adult dental benefits. A companion webinar features a conversation with state officials from Colorado, Iowa, and Washington about their experiences with Medicaid adult dental benefits.


Delaware Health and Social Services, Bureau of Oral Health and Dental Services. 2015. Meeting summary: Delaware Oral Health 2015 Forum. Dover, DE: Delaware Health and Social Services, Bureau of Oral Health and Dental Services, 5 pp.

Delaware Health and Social Services, Bureau of Oral Health and Dental Services
Jesse Cooper Building 417 Federal Street
Dover, DE 19901

Telephone: (302) 744-4554
Fax: (302) 661-7229
Website: http://dhss.delaware.gov/dph/hsm/ohphome.html
Available from the website.

This document summarizes a meeting focused on oral health equity, systems of care, and oral health literacy and attended by representatives from health organizations and community agencies on May 8, 2015, in Dover, DE. Topics include innovative initiatives from across the country and how these activities can be applied locally. Information about individual and organizational strategies for advancing oral health is included.


Chazin S. 2015. Engaging stakeholders to improve dental coverage and access for Medicaid-enrolled adults. Hamilton, NJ: Center for Health Care Strategies, 11 pp.

Center for Health Care Strategies
200 American Metro Boulevard, Suite 119
Hamilton, NJ 08619

Telephone: (609) 528-8400
Fax: (609) 586-3679
Website: http://www.chcs.org
Available from the website.

This brief describes the role of stakeholder engagement in adult oral health improvement and key steps that states and others can take to engage stakeholders in advancing oral-health-improvement goals. Topics include assessing engagement history, capacity, and potential; defining engagement objectives, scope, and outputs; identifying stakeholders; analyzing identified stakeholders; identifying engagement strategies; engaging with stakeholders and communicating activities; and evaluating and reporting on the engagement.


Petty D. 2015. Eliminating tooth decay in the Karen refugee population. Plymouth, MN: Minnesota Oral Health Coalition, 1 video (40 min, 27 sec).

Minnesota Oral Health Coalition
4190 Vinewood Lane N, #111-416
Plymouth, MN 55442

Telephone: (763) 381-1701
E-mail: info@minnesotaoralhealthcoalition.org
Website: http://www.minnesotaoralhealthcoalition.org
Available from the website.

This video describes qualitative and quantitative research on oral health knowledge and behavior within the Karen refugee community in Minnesota, and how the results were used to target educational oral health topics to Karen leaders, parents, adolescents, and children. The video covers evidence-based oral health topics for the Karen refugee community and strategies for collaboration among oral health professionals, educators, and refugee community leaders.


West Virginia Department of Education, Office of Special Programs. 2015. Building community and school partnerships for student success: A resource guide for West Virginia. [Charleston, WV]: West Virginia Department of Education, Office of Special Programs, 19 pp.

West Virginia Department of Education, Office of Special Education
Building 7, Room 717 1900 Kanawha Boulevard, East
Charleston, WV 25305-0330

Telephone: (304) 558-2696
Secondary Telephone: (800) 642-8541
Fax: (304) 558-3741
Website: https://wvde.state.wv.us/osp
Available from the website.

This document provides an overview of community schools including a definition of community schools and why they are important, what is needed to facilitate community school development, and a framework for the community school concept and related resources. Contents include information about the cost benefits and advantages of community schools, models of community schools, data and needs, outcomes, evaluation, the community school advisory committee and coordinator, determining sponsorship for school and community collaboration, memorandum of agreement, negotiating services, quality, and tips for success.


Healthy Schools Campaign. 2015. Stakeholder's guide to implementing the change in the Free Care Policy. Chicago, IL: Healthy Schools Campaign, 9 pp.

Healthy Schools Campaign
175 N. Franklin, Suite 300
Chicago, IL 60606

Telephone: (312) 419-1810
Fax: (312) 419-1806
Website: http://www.healthyschoolscampaign.org/
Available from the website.

[in process] This document provides a framework for developing and implementing a plan for leveraging Medicaid policy to support increased access to comprehensive and coordinated school health services. Contents include steps to understanding state regulatory and school health services environments, engaging decision makers and allies, and building for the long term. Topics include the importance of understanding the state Medicaid plan, the state legislative environment, and additional barriers or opportunities such as Medicaid managed care and third-party liability; assessing student health needs (including oral health needs) and the current school health infrastructure, and developing a school health services model; identifying key decision makers to engage, allies at the state and local levels, and new opportunities for partnerships; and evaluating impact, developing a plan for addressing additional student health needs, and leveraging opportunities presented by the broader transformation of the health care system.


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