Center for Oral Health

Early Smiles - First 5 San Bernardino

This project will strengthen the health infrastructure and increase access to quality oral health care for young children and pregnant women throughout the County of San Bernardino over the next 3 years (July 2015 - June 2018). COH will take the existing evidence-based program, Early Smiles, and implement and enhance this program on a larger scale.

WIC: Early Entry into Dental Care

WIC: Early Entry into Dental Care provides a simple yet powerful solution to the problem of preventing dental disease in low income children. It brings comprehensive preventive dental services directly to vulnerable children. It uses WIC, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, as the delivery point for the services, a place where very young children and their parents are eminently accessible. The Center for Oral Health provides technical assistance, education curricula, software for tracking progress and evaluation.

Healthy Teeth Healthy Schools: School-Based Oral Health Services

Healthy Teeth Healthy Schools is a four-year, HRSA-funded project to expand the capacity of existing school-based health centers (SBHC) in Southern California in order to respond to the oral health needs of enrolled low-income Medicaid and CHIP pre-school, elementary and middle-school aged children. The project also aims to demonstrate the successful integration of nutrition and oral health education and comprehensive services into two school based health centers. Project partners include Western University School of Dentistry, Los Angeles Unified School District, Murchison Elementary, El Monte City School District, and Durfee Elementary.

School Oral Health Policy: An Avenue to Community Collaboration

This project continues the work of policy education and advocacy to school board members and administrators by working with five geographically and demographically diverse California school districts in order to develop oral health policies, effective oral health programs, and sound community partnerships.

By providing hands-on technical assistance to local districts, COH will begin the process of demonstrating that the adoption of oral health policies can lead to improved oral health programs, which in turn improves oral health, reduces absences and improves educational achievement.

The project will work with individual communities, using the School Oral Health Policy Guidebook developed by COH and the California School Board Association in 2010, in order to develop oral health policies that can be replicated in other districts throughout the state and nation.

San Bernardino Early Entry to Care

The First 5 San Bernardino-funded Early Entry to Care project, implemented in July 2010, increases access to oral health services for children 0-5 and pregnant women identified at medical portals and WIC sites. The project partners with WIC sites, medical clinics and preschools to do risk assessment, toothbrush prophylaxis, fluoride varnish and exams, oral health education, anticipatory guidance, referral and care coordination for the targeted population.

California Oral Health Workforce Project

Through the Oral Health Access Council (OHAC), the Center for Oral Health together with the California Primary Care Association will develop and implement a strategic plan aimed at preserving the current dental workforce for underserved populations in California.

Oral Health Workforce

The Dental Health Foundation (now the Center for Oral Health), the California Primary Care Association, and the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry (UOP) have partnered to develop an innovative, multi-pronged approach to address the dire workforce issues facing California’s safety net dental providers.

School Oral Health Policy Framework

The Center for Oral Health (COH) and the California School Boards Association (CSBA) are partnering to address one of the most significant health problems affecting school aged children—dental disease. COH and CSBA are developing a comprehensive set of policies for school boards and administrators. This is the first attempt to harness the power of school boards to help address the issue of children’s oral health and will serve as a model for replication in other states.