The Center for Oral Health is a leader in developing and managing innovative public dental health demonstration projects.
One example is the WIC: Early Entry into Dental Care program, which now provides preventive dental services and education to low-income children and parents in 13 California counties. A free guidebook has also been developed to assist dental providers and WIC personnel in establishing the program in new areas.
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Policy Development and Advocacy
COH works with local, state, and national organizations and government entities in developing and advocating improvements to public dental health policy.
In October, 2011, COH held a legislative briefing in Sacramento, CA on the importance of community dental health programs in non-traditional settings. The briefing highlighted the benefits of focusing on preventive care, the need for increased funding to improve program sustainability, and the effectiveness of providing services where people live. A video of the briefing can be found here.
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Public Dental Health Research
COH has conducted and supported research on important public dental health issues.
In 2006, the Dental Health Foundation (now the Center for Oral Health) published an oral health needs assessment titled "Mommy, It Hurts to Chew," which examined the oral health status of Californian schoolchildren. This is an update of DHF's 1993-94 report, which was the first statewide oral health needs assessment in California.
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