November 2018
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Featuring the latest resources to promote oral health

November 2018

The following news and resources are featured by the National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center (OHRC). 

New from OHRC

Prescribing opioids fact sheet

Fact Sheet on Prescribing Opioids

Prescribing Opioids for Women of Reproductive Age: Information for Dentists provides an overview of pain management for dental procedures for women of reproductive age and discusses pharmacological considerations for pregnant women. It also discusses neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome, guidelines for providing opioids, managing acute dental pain, and guidelines for discharging women with opioid prescriptions. Information about prescription drug monitoring programs is included.

AHRQ Seeking Primary Care Practices to Participate in Opioid Quality Improvement Project

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has supported development of the Six Building Blocks program that provides an evidence-based quality improvement roadmap to help primary care teams implement effective, guideline-driven care for their chronic pain and long-term opioid therapy patients. An AHRQ-funded research organization, Abt Associates, is recruiting a diverse set of practices to participate in the “Six Building Blocks Team Approach to Improve Opioid Management in Primary Care” project. An anticipated 15 primary care practices will implement the Six Building Blocks toolkit. The project will also build further understanding about how to most effectively implement the Six Building Blocks’ resources. If you want to learn more or would like to participate in this project, contact Olivia Bacon at

In the News


Discussion Paper and Workshop from the National Academy of Medicine
A new paper from the National Academy of Medicine, Integration of Oral Health and Primary Care: Communication, Coordination and Referral, discusses challenges in integrating primary care and oral health care for populations with low health literacy. The paper, by Kathryn Atchison, Gary Rozier, and Jane Weintraub, provides background on the issues and focuses on weaknesses in the areas of communication, coordination, and referral. Specific topics include referral networks, risk management, clinical referral guidelines, performance measures, electronic tools and integrated health records, interprofessional education and collaborative practice, research, and demonstration programs. A companion workshop, Integrating Dental and General Health Through Health Literacy Practices, will be held in Washington, DC, on December 6, 2018. 

Loan Repayment Opportunity

Students to Service Loan Repayment Program Open Through December 20
The National Health Service Corps offers several loan repayment programs. Before applying, learn more about the students to service program and carefully read the 2019 application and program guidanceApply now through December 20, 7:30 p.m. ET.


National and State Level Estimates from NSCH
The Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative has released the combined 2016-2017 National Survey of Children's Health (NSCH) estimates through the Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health’s (DRC) Interactive Data Query. The combined 2016-2017 NSCH is the first multi-year data set since the redesign of the NSCH in 2016. Combining the data from both years of the NSCH increases the sample size available for research. For more information and resources on the NSCH, such as fast facts, guides to topics and questions, survey methodology, survey instruments, visit the DRC NSCH overview page.


2017 Child and Adult Core Sets from CMSC
The Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services (CMCS) has released federal fiscal year 2017 Child and Adult Core Set data and additional resources. There is information on 20 frequently reported child measures and 19 frequently reported adult measures voluntarily reported by states. The child core set supports federal and state efforts to collect, report, and use a standardized set of measures to improve the quality of care provided to children covered by Medicaid and CHIP. The fact sheet, Quality of Care for Children and Adults in Medicaid and CHIP: Overview of Findings from the 2017 Child and Adult Core Sets, provides a summary.

Resources for Families

Scholastic Teams with Give Kids A Smile
Tiny Smiles, a Give Kids A Smile® Program, is a collaboration of the American Dental Association Foundation and Scholastic. Find free materials in English and Spanish to help educate patients and their families about oral health for kids from birth to age 5. The kit includes fun activity sheets, tips to share with parents, and a mini-poster to display in the office or classroom. After using the materials, oral health providers can complete an online survey for a chance to win one of 50 sets of books worth $100. Program quantities are limited and will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis.
OHRC services are supported by a cooperative agreement (U44MC30806) from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration.
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