The purpose of the National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center (OHRC) at Georgetown University, McCourt School of Public Policy, is to respond to the needs of professionals working in states and communities, with the goal of improving oral health services for pregnant women, infants, children, and adolescents, including those with special health care needs, and their families (the maternal and child health (MCH) population). OHRC serves the MCH population by supporting health professionals, program administrators, educators, and others working in or with MCH programs. OHRC was founded 1996.
National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center
Telephone: (202) 784-9771
Ruth Barzel, M.A., is senior writer/editor at OHRC. She writes or co-writes and edits all resource center materials, including curricula, guides, guidelines, journal articles, and reports. She also assists individuals seeking permission to adapt or reproduce OHRC materials.
Talk to me about: Writing, editing, health literacy, plain language, copyright permissions
Katy Battani, R.D.H., M.S., is a project manager at OHRC for the Partnership for Integrating Oral Health Care into Primary Care project. She coordinates activities and provides technical assistance and training to state project teams. She also assists in the development of educational materials for health professionals and consumers.
Talk to me about: Head Start programs, integrating oral health care into primary care, prenatal oral health, school-based oral health programs
Katrina Holt, M.P.H., M.S., R.D., FAND, is project director at OHRC. She provides administrative, financial, and strategic leadership and program and staff direction for OHRC’s federally funded projects. She also provides technical assistance to state and jurisdiction oral health programs and develops educational materials for health professionals and consumers.
Talk to me about: Educational materials, Head Start programs, national performance measure 13 (oral health), OHRC capabilities, project management, Title V programs
Sarah Kolo is a communication specialist at OHRC. She manages the development of websites and online resources and assists the director in project planning, evaluation, and reporting. She serves as liaison for several external partner activities and strives to connect people with solutions.
Talk to me about: Information requests, OHRC capabilities, online resources (including distance learning, e-mail lists, newsletters), partnerships, website
Susan Lorenzo, M.L.S., is a project manager and librarian at OHRC. She coordinates activities for and provides technical assistance to the Networks for Oral Health Integration Within the Maternal and Child Health Safety Net learning collaborative and to state and jurisdiction oral health programs. She also assists in the development and maintenance of the OHRC library collection.
Talk to me about: Educational materials for health professionals and consumers, integrating oral health care into primary care, learning collaboratives
Beth Lowe, B.S.D.H., M.P.H., is a health education specialist at OHRC. She develops educational materials for health professionals, Head Start staff, and consumers. She also responds to information requests, conducts training, and utilizes social media to promote the importance of optimal oral health.
Talk to me about: Head Start programs, oral health promotion and oral disease prevention, interprofessional collaboration, online learning, translating research to practice, social media
Projects and Funding
Center for Oral Health Systems Integration and Improvement (COHSII)
The COHSII consortium works with key stakeholders to improve systems of care in support of a quality improvement, patient-centered approach to addresses the oral health needs of the MCH population. COHSII is led by OHRC working in collaboration with the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors (ASTDD) and the Dental Quality Alliance. COHSII is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an annual award totaling $1,000,000 with no funding from nongovernmental sources.
National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness (NCECHW)
The NCECHW consortium provides education, technical assistance, and training to the Head Start and child care community. OHRC is the lead on oral health activities and is working in collaboration with ASTDD. NCECHW oral health activities also include supporting the dental hygienist liaison project, which serves as a communication link between NCECHW and Head Start and child care agencies. NCECHW is supported by the Office of Head Start and the Office of Child Care, Administration for Children and Families, and MCHB, HRSA, under cooperative agreement #90HC0013. The amount of funding for oral health activities is $2,119,204 over 5 years.
Other recent projects include
- Healthy Futures: Engaging Oral Health Professionals in Efforts to Reduce Childhood Obesity
- Maryland Mighty Tooth School Based Dental Sealant Training Program
- Maryland's Mouths Matter: Fluoride Varnish and Oral Health Screening Program for Kids—Training for EPSDT Medical Providers in Maryland
OHRC has received numerous awards in recognition for high-quality services.
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Copyright and Permissions
OHRC offers information on copyright and permissions on our Disclaimers, Copyright, and Permissions page. OHRC publications, such as fact sheets, resource bulletins, and resource guides, may be photocopied; adapting or reproducing OHRC-produced materials requires permission. To request permission you must submit a written request (click here for a sample letter in Word or PDF) on your organization's letterhead. Permission to use photographs cannot be granted.
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