Focus on the Dental Home
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American Association of Public Health Dentistry. 2012. Toward a Comprehensive Health Home: Integrating the Mouth to the Body. Springfield, IL: American Association of Public Health Dentistry. 11 pp.
This document provides an overview of patient-centered medical homes, health homes, and health care homes. The document makes recommendations for how to integrate oral health into the services provided under such models and on how to enhance coordination between these models and dental homes. Topics include the complexity of integrating oral health into health home models, evaluation, proposed systemic changes, potential barriers, system readiness, and expected impact.
Glassman P, Harrington M, Namakian M. 2013. The Virtual Dental Home: Improving the Oral Health of Vulnerable and Underserved Populations Using Geographically Distributed Telehealth-Enabled Teams. San Francisco, CA: University of the Pacific, Pacific Center for Special Care. 9 pp.
This brief describes a community-based oral-health-delivery system in which people receive preventive and therapeutic services in community settings. Topics include why the system is needed, what it is, and how it works; and results of a multi-site demonstration project across California; economic analysis.
Moursi A. 2013. Patient Centered Care. Chicago, IL: American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, Pediatric Oral Health Research and Policy Center. 12 pp.
This brief describes patient- and family-centered care as a concept that may improve access to and use of oral health services and increase client and parent satisfaction. Topics include the principles and potential benefits of patient- and family-centered care, using health information technology, obstacles and limitations, federal programs, and policy recommendations. Case studies illustrating the core principles of patient- and family-centered care are included.
National Center on Health. 2014. The Importance of Helping Children and Pregnant Women Establish a Dental Home. Health Services Newsletter 2(2):1–4.
This newsletter for Head Start health managers and other staff focuses on ways to help pregnant women and children enrolled in Head Start establish dental homes. Topics include the components of a dental home, program policies and procedures, tips for working with oral health professionals, and strategies for engaging families.
North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Oral Health Section. 2013. Final Report: Development and Dissemination of [Priority] Oral Health Risk Assessment and Referral (PORRT) Guidelines. Raleigh, NC: North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Oral Health Section. 13 pp.
This report describes a project to increase the number of children enrolled in Medicaid who have a dental home by age 1 by disseminating risk-assessment and referral guidelines to pediatricians and family physicians. The report describes the project's objectives to refine and pilot test the Priority Risk Assessment and Referral Tool (PORRT), develop an educational intervention and provide training, and conduct an evaluation of the intervention's impact on referral performance. Contents include a discussion of the activities accomplished within each of the objectives, lessons learned, and the significance of the results. [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]
Silverman J, Douglass J, Graham L. 2013. The Use of Case Management to Improve Dental Health in High Risk Populations. Chicago, IL: American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, Pediatric Oral Health Research and Policy Center. 12 pp.
This policy brief addresses the role of case management in helping families use available oral health services and prevent oral disease. Topics include oral health disparities, barriers to care, and the dental home. The brief also describes effective case-management strategies including motivational interviewing, client education and health literacy, care coordination, community outreach and education, and appointment-reminder systems; discusses policy recommendations; and presents a case study.
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American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
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Iowa Department of Public Health, Bureau of Oral and Health Delivery Systems
Texas Department of State Health Services, Oral Health Program
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Resource Highlights: Focus on the Dental Home. December 2014.
Reviewer: Tracy Rodgers, Iowa Department of Public Health, Bureau of Oral and Health Delivery Systems