October 2019
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Featuring the latest resources to promote oral health

New from OHRC

PIOHQI FInal Report
The Maternal and Child Health Bureau–Funded Perinatal and Infant Oral Health Quality Improvement (PIOHQI) Initiative 2013–2019—Final Report describes the achievements of 16 projects funded through the PIOHQI initiative to improve oral health for pregnant women and infants, lessons the projects learned, and resources they produced. It provides examples of project achievements and successes in seven strategy areas: network development; workforce enhancement; community outreach; process and procedure development; program development; state practice guidance development; and data collection, evaluation, and reporting. Also presented are examples of PIOHQI activities included in Best Practice Approach: Perinatal Oral Health and selected resources produced by the projects.

Networks for Oral Health Integration within the MCH Safety Net Projects (NOHI)

The recently awarded Networks for Oral Health Integration within the MCH Safety Net projects are funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau to improve access to and delivery of comprehensive, quality oral health care for infants and children by testing and establishing models of care. The Center for Oral Health Systems Integration and Improvement consortium, led by the National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center in partnership with the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors and the Dental Quality Alliance will provide technical assistance to support the NOHI projects. Learn more about each award and its component partners.

In the News



Oral Health Infrastructure Series: Teledentistry
This webinar from the National Network for Oral Health Access (NNOHA) will highlight how teledentistry can expand access to oral health care. With guest moderator Colleen Lampron of AFL Enterprises, the webinar will cover teledentistry, the structure of teledentistry dental programs, and strategies to establish a teledentistry program. Erin Major from Summit Community Care Clinic (CO) and Anthony Mendicino from Finger Lakes Community Health (NY) will discuss their teledentistry programs and lessons learned. Register for the webinar to be held Monday, October 28, 2019, at 1:00 pm ET.

Related resources

Call for Abstracts

School-Based Health Care Convention
The School-Based Health Alliance and the Colorado Association for School-Based Health Care seek innovative thinking from experts to present at the 2020 National School-Based Health Care Convention in Denver, CO, on June 23-25  in Denver, Colorado. Oral health is one of their target categories. Submit an abstract by Monday, November 4, 2019.

Data Release

National Survey of Children's Health
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has released 2018 data from the National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH). The NSCH provides the latest national and state-level data on the health and health care needs of children as well as information about their families and communities. The NSCH is funded and directed by HRSA’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) and conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, which oversees sampling, survey administration, and production of a final data set for public use.

MCHB funds the Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health (DRC) to expedite and support effective use of data from the NSCH to improve child, youth, family and community health and well-being. The DRC has released data findings on the Title V national performance measures and national outcome measures from the combined 2017-2018 NSCH. All data are available through the interactive data query at The combined 2017-2018 NSCH includes data from 52,129 children ages 0-17 years. The increased sample size from using multiple years of the NSCH will allow Title V programs and researchers to produce more reliable national and state-level estimates, particularly for measures that are restricted to certain age ranges or subgroups.

Related resources

Resource for Non-Oral Health Professionals

Oral Health Prevention Primer
The American Academy of Pediatrics has released the Oral Health Prevention Primer, an interactive online resource for pediatricians and providers who want to do more to address the oral health needs of children. The resource begins with several topical questions to click on for ideas and materials. The primer will help providers working with children to understand the roles of various oral health allies, how they can collaborate, ways to provide oral health services, and how to advocate to achieve optimal oral health for their community with the goal of preventing dental disease before it starts.


CDC’s Summary of Infection Prevention Practices in Dental Settings
The Vermont Department of Health’s Office of Oral Health and the New England Public Health Training Center offer the CDC Basic Expectations for Safe Care Training Modules available as a free online course. This 10 module training series covers the basic principles of infection prevention and control that form the basis for CDC recommendations for dental health care settings. 
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This publication was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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