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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.


Healthy Schools Campaign. 2016. Addressing the health-related causes of chronic absenteeism: A toolkit for action. Chicago, IL: Healthy Schools Campaign, multiple items.

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.

This document focuses on preparing educators—particularly school district decision-makers—with knowledge and practical guidance for creating meaningful change to address health-related chronic absenteeism. Topics include background on chronic absenteeism and student health; identifying community health needs and data sources; and case studies, best practices, and proven school-based interventions to address the health conditions shown to have an especially significant impact on chronic absenteeism. Focus areas are asthma, oral health, behavioral health, food insecurity and acute illness. Additional topics include building effective partnerships and capacity to support student health.


Chickering S, Meister S. 2016. I-Smile™ @ School: 2015 Report on the Iowa Department of Public Health’s School-Based Sealant Program. Des Moines, IA: Iowa Department of Public Health, Bureau of Oral and Health Delivery Systems, 4 pp.

Iowa Department of Public Health, Bureau of Oral and Health Delivery Systems
Lucas State Office Building 321 East 12th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319-0075

Telephone: (515) 242-6383
Secondary Telephone: (866) 528-4020
Fax: (515) 242-6384
Website: http://www.idph.iowa.gov/ohds
Available from the website.

This report describes the services and impact of a school-based program to prevent oral disease and improve the oral health of children in Iowa. The program provides students with onsite screening, dental sealants, fluoride varnish, oral health education, and care coordination services. Topics include trends in the number of children who were screened, the number of children who received dental sealants, the number of sealants placed, and the number of counties served. The report also documents the number of cavities averted due to program services and gives an example of a success story.


Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals. 2015–. Well-Ahead Louisiana: Oral health. Baton Rouge, LA: Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, multiple items.

Louisiana Department of Health, Center for Community and Preventive Health
628 North Fourth Street P.O. Box 629
Baton Rouge, LA 70821-0629

Telephone: (225) 342-8093
Website: http://dhh.louisiana.gov/index.cfm/page/414
Available from the website.

These resources are part of a statewide initiative aimed at improving the health and wellness of Louisiana residents. Topics include preventing and controlling oral disease, partnering with community and professional organizations to improve oral health, providing oral health education, promoting community water fluoridation, promoting school-based and school-linked dental sealant programs, and maintaining an oral health surveillance system to monitor the burden of oral disease. Contents include data on dental visits by gender, age, race, income, and education; tools for finding oral health care; and oral health education resources for adults and older adults, school nurses and teachers, and dental and medical providers.


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.


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