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Resource Highlights:
Focus on Mobile and Portable Services


This collection of selected resources offers high-quality information about mobile and portable oral health services. Use the tools below for further searching, or contact us for personalized assistance.



Selected Materials in the OHRC Library


Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors. Mobile-Portable Dental Manual. Sparks, NV: Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors.

This manual provides information to help programs make decisions about using mobile vehicles, portable equipment, or a combination system. Content includes links to resources, practical tips, photographs and floor plans, lists of equipment and vehicle manufacturers, and examples of programs. [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]

Maine Department of Health and Human Services, Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Oral Health Program. 2012. Guidelines for Mobile/Portable Dental Care Programs Working in School Administrative Units. Augusta, ME: Maine Department of Health and Human Services, Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Oral Health Program. 6 pp.

These guidelines are designed for evaluating proposals for establishing school-based oral health programs. The guidelines focus on helping to ensure the health and safety of all students who receive services provided by mobile and portable oral health programs in school-based settings and to ensure that services are coordinated and documented.

Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Office of Oral Health. 2011. Public Health Dental Hygienist (PHDH) Toolkit: Mobile and Portable Dental Operations. Boston, MA: Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Office of Oral Health.

This presentation reviews mobile and portable dental operations and certification of these operations by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Dentistry. Topics include definitions of a mobile dental facility (MDF) and portable dental operation (PDO), who can practice dentistry in an MDF or a PDO, permit application, general and physical requirements, and written informed consent.

Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention. 2011. Infection Control Checklist for Dental Settings Using Mobile Vans or Portable Equipment. Annapolis, MD: Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention. 5 pp.

This checklist is designed to help programs using mobile vans or portable dental equipment meet requirements based on the Guiding Principles of Infection Control. Contents include descriptions of three levels of anticipated contact between oral health professionals and clients and infection-control practices. A site assessment worksheet is also available.

Simon LP. 2013. The Role of Evaluation in Designing CHOMPERS! and Bringing Dental Care to Kids. Washington, DC: Grantmakers in Health. 2 pp.

This document describes an initiative to improve the oral health of young children by bringing comprehensive oral health services to places they already go. Topics include implementing an oral health curriculum (Cavity Free Kids) and bringing portable equipment to preschools and community centers. Additional topics include the program's impact on parent knowledge, child practices, and access to care and support; lessons learned; and next steps.

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Arizona Department of Health Services, Office of Oral Health

Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors

California Dental Association

Mobile Health Clinics Association

Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention

ReachOut Healthcare America

University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Dentistry

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Resource Highlights: Focus on Mobile and Portable Services. May 2013. Updated September 2013.

Reviewer: Beverly Isman, Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors

 

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