March 2018
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Featuring the latest resources to promote oral health

March 2018

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

New: Resource Bulletin

Oral Health Resource Bulletin: Volume 40 lists selected materials of interest in data and surveillance, policy, professional education and practice, professional-client tools, program development, public awareness and education, and system integration. The bulletin is a periodic publication designed to stimulate thinking and creativity within the maternal and child health community by providing information about oral health resources that are available for health professionals, program administrators, policymakers, and educators in the maternal and child health community. All bulletins in the series are online and the materials listed in the bulletin have been incorporated into the OHRC library

Did you know? OHRC's site is mobile-friendly

OHRC's website will look great and function well on your phone or tablet. For example, browse all OHRC publications by category or date to view, download and print. Download the pocket guide or consensus statement right into iBooks or other e-reader app.
OHRC publications page


School-Based Comprehensive Oral Health Services
Maternal and Child Health Journal has published an article co-authored by the Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA's) Pamella Vodicka and previous HRSA Division Director Elizabeth Edgerton that assesses results from HRSA’s School-Based Comprehensive Oral Health Services (SBCOHS) program. Findings show that the enrolled children had great need for services, with nearly half presenting with tooth decay. Over the four-year program period, grantees used community-based strategies to increase enrollment from 5,000 to more than 9,700, and grow the percentage of students receiving preventive services from 58 to 88 percent. An executive summary and a briefing on the findings are also available.

Another MCHB-funded outcome from SBCOHS is the resource, Integrating Sustainable Oral Health Services into Primary Care in School-Based Health Centers: A Framework. OHRC supported grantee efforts and produced this framework as a toolkit containing lessons that grantees learned during the funding period. The framework offers ideas for school-based health centers (SBHCs) to consider when integrating sustainable comprehensive oral health services into primary care to improve the quality of oral health services for school-age children and adolescents. 

Upcoming Events

American Association for Community Dental Programs (AACDP) will hold its annual symposium on April 15, 2018, in Louisville, KY as a pre-conference to the National Oral Health Conference (NOHC), held April 16-18, 2018. Register online.

Call for Public Comment

ADA Guideline on Nonsurgical Caries Management
The American Dental Association (ADA) will release a clinical practice guideline on the use of nonsurgical treatments for caries management later this year, and public comments are now being solicited concerning the guideline’s drafted recommendation statements. Visit to see a draft of the guideline’s recommendation statements and provide feedback. The deadline to submit comments is April 9.

Call for Public Comment

Draft Research Plan for Tobacco Smoking Cessation
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has released a draft research plan for comment, "Draft Research Plan for Tobacco Smoking Cessation in Adults, Including Pregnant Women: Interventions." The final research plan will be used to guide a systematic review of the evidence by researchers at an evidence-based practice center. The resulting evidence review will form the basis of the USPSTF recommendation statement on this topic. This opportunity for public comment expires on April 11, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. ET.
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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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