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OHRC Publications

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Center for Oral Health Systems Integration and Improvement Quality Indicator Advisory Team, Dental Quality Alliance, National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center. 2019. Identifying and implementing oral health quality indicators for the maternal and child health population: 2018–2019 report. Washington, DC: National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center; Chicago, IL: Dental Quality Alliance, 28 pp

National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center
Georgetown University Washington, DC 20057

E-mail: OHRCinfo@georgetown.edu
Website: https://www.mchoralhealth.org
Available from the website.

This report provides results from the Center for Oral Health Systems Integration and Improvement’s Quality Indicators Advisory Team’s efforts to establish a set of maternal and child oral health quality indicators to monitor oral health services delivered in public health programs and systems of care. The report provides indicators for women of child-bearing age and pregnant women and for children, as well as a user guide, and discusses implementation strategies, indicator limitations, and challenges in obtaining data. [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]


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Center for Oral Health Systems Integration and Improvement Quality Indicator Advisory Team, Dental Quality Alliance, National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center. 2019. Oral health quality indicators for the maternal and child health population. Washington, DC: National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center; Chicago, IL: Dental Quality Alliance, 2 pp

National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center
Georgetown University Washington, DC 20057

E-mail: OHRCinfo@georgetown.edu
Website: https://www.mchoralhealth.org
Available from the website.

This handout outlines a set of maternal and child health quality indicators to monitor oral health services delivered in public health programs and systems of care. Indicators for women of childbearing age and pregnant women are broken into three categories: access, utilization, and outcomes. Indicators for children are broken into four categories: access, utilization, process, and outcomes.[Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]


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Center for Oral Health Systems Integration and Improvement Quality Indicator Advisory Team, Dental Quality Alliance, National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center. 2018. Oral health quality improvement for the maternal and child health population: Identifying a set of quality indicators. Washington, DC: National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center; Chicago, IL: Dental Quality Alliance, 51 pp

National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center
Georgetown University Washington, DC 20057

E-mail: OHRCinfo@georgetown.edu
Website: https://www.mchoralhealth.org
Available from the website.

This handout outlines a set of maternal and child health quality indicators to monitor oral health services delivered in public health programs and systems of care. Indicators for women of childbearing age and pregnant women are broken into three categories: access, utilization, and outcomes. Indicators for children are broken into four categories: access, utilization, process, and outcomes. [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]


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Center for Oral Health Systems Integration and Improvement Quality Indicator Advisory Team, Dental Quality Alliance, National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center. 2020. Oral health quality indicators for the maternal and child health populationand technical specifications. Washington, DC: National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center; Chicago, IL: Dental Quality Alliance, 80 pp

National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center
Georgetown University Washington, DC 20057

E-mail: OHRCinfo@georgetown.edu
Website: https://www.mchoralhealth.org
Available from the website.

This guide provides guidance on implementing oral health quality indicators for the maternal and child health population. The guide provides background information on the indicators and presents indicator summaries. Also included are general guidelines for data collection, preparation, and reporting and technical specifications. [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]


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National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center and Dental Quality Alliance. 2020. Oral health quality indicators for the maternal and child health (MCH) population: An overview. Washington, DC: National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center; Chicago, IL: Dental Quality Alliance.

National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center
Georgetown University Washington, DC 20057

E-mail: OHRCinfo@georgetown.edu
Website: https://www.mchoralhealth.org
Available from the website.

This report provides an overview of the oral health quality indicators for the maternal and child health (MCH) population created by the Centers for Oral Health Systems Integration and Improvement, Quality Advisory Team (QIAT). The overview explains what the indicators are and their purpose. It also describes the framework QIAT created to support quality measurement and improvement, an environmental scan of existing quality indicators, pilot implementation, and challenges and opportunities. [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]


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National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center and Dental Quality Alliance . 2020. Readiness assessment: Assessing the capacity to implement oral health quality indicators for the maternal and child health population. Washington, DC: National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center; Chicago, IL: Dental Quality Alliance, 16 pp

National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center
Georgetown University Washington, DC 20057

E-mail: OHRCinfo@georgetown.edu
Website: https://www.mchoralhealth.org
Available from the website.

This readiness assessment is designed for state oral health programs to explore capacity for collection of, access to, and analysis of the data used to calculate maternal and child health oral health quality indicators. It is organized by the data sources used to calculate the indicators: the Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System, the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, the Basic Screening Survey, and Medicaid administrative claims and enrollment data. [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]

     


OHRC Library

This section contains recent materials, not including OHRC-produced materials.


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Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors and Children's Dental Health Project. 2017. Making oral health count: Toward a comprehensive oral health measurement system. Washington, DC: Children's Dental Health Project, 11 pp

Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors
3858 Cashill Boulevard
Reno, NV 89509

Telephone: (775) 626-5008
Fax: (775) 626-9268
E-mail: info@astdd.org
Website: http://www.astdd.org
Available from the website.

This issue brief outlines strategies for a comprehensive and well-aligned system of oral health measurement. Topics include aligning measurement priorities, improving quality and accessibility of data, supporting development and implementation of oral health outcome measures, and encouraging the development and deployment of health information technology that supports oral health integration and value-based care.


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Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors, Children's Dental Health Project, and DentaQuest Foundation. 2016. Improving oral health measurement systems: Stakeholder feedback project summary report. Washington, DC: Children's Dental Health Project, 16 pp

Children's Dental Health Project
1020 19th Street, N.W., Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036

Telephone: (202) 833-8288
Fax: (202) 331-1432
E-mail: info@cdhp.org
Website: https://www.cdhp.org
Available from the website.

This report describes a project to enlist the advice of advocacy and health professional groups on ways data can help improve the nation's oral health. The report also summarizes recommendations for collecting oral health data on the U.S. population. Contents include background; information about the project process, including participant feedback on the methods and outcomes; and next steps for improving health-measurement systems. A matrix of key oral health measures across the lifespan and a list of participating organizations are also included.


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Children's Dental Health Project. 2018. Introducing quality improvement methodology: Learning for action. Washington: DC: Children's Dental Health Project, 27 pp

Children's Dental Health Project
1020 19th Street, N.W., Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036

Telephone: (202) 833-8288
Fax: (202) 331-1432
E-mail: info@cdhp.org
Website: https://www.cdhp.org
Available from the website.

This report presents findings of the Perinatal and Infant Oral Health Quality Improvement National Learning Network to enhance the evidence base for improving access to and quality of oral health care for pregnant women and infants. It discusses project activities, the rationale for the quality-improvement processes, and preliminary results of the collaborative. [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]


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Crall JJ, ed. 2016. Advancing measurement and quality improvement in dentistry. Journal of the California Dental Association 44(4):207–258.

California Dental Association
1201 K Street, 14th Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814

Telephone: (800) 232-7645
E-mail: contactcda@cda.org
Website: http://www.cda.org
Available from the website.

This issue of the Journal of the California Dental Association provides examples of how performance measurement, quality measurement, and quality improvement (QI) are being implemented in clinical practice and in large programs and plans that administer oral health care benefits. Topics include a QI initiative to test and implement a chronic-disease-management approach to address early childhood caries, the role of measurement in the operation and clinical practice of a large consumer-governed medical and dental health-care-delivery organization, and efforts to establish standardized and valid quality measures applicable in both private and public sectors.


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Provost L, Lloyd R, Murray S. 2017. How to improve with the model for improvement. Cambridge, MA: Institute for Healthcare Improvement; Chicago, IL: Dental Quality Alliance.

Institute for Healthcare Improvement
20 University Road, Seventh Floor
Cambridge , MA 02138

Telephone: (617) 301-4800
Secondary Telephone: (866) 787-0831
Fax: (617) 301-4830
E-mail: info@ihi.org
Website: http://www.ihi.org
Available from the website.

This course provides oral health professionals with information on how to use qualitative and quantitative feedback to evaluate and monitor the quality of clinical and operational service in their practices, identify key areas for improvement, and move toward meaningful change. Through a series of lessons, users learn to use Model for Improvement techniques and plan-do-study-act cycles to effect improvements.

     

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