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The library contains high-quality oral health resources to assist professionals in providing education and training, conducting research, developing programs, and staying abreast of new developments. It includes materials (e.g., conference proceedings, curricula, policies, reports, standards) developed by government agencies, national and state organizations, community programs, and Maternal and Child Health Bureau–funded projects.

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February 2017

Chazin S, Glover J. 2017. A framework for addressing social determinants of oral health in the community. Hamilton, NJ: Center for Health Care Strategies.

This brief describes a framework for assessing and creating partnerships to improve social determinants related to oral health. Topics include identifying the social determinants of oral health in a community, mapping and mobilizing community resources through partnership, selecting approaches to take action, and evaluating implementation and impact. Contents include example indicators potentially related to oral health, intervention metrics, and how the framework was applied to select an intervention.

Crall JJ, Illum J, Martinez A, Pourat N. 2016. An innovative project breaks down barriers to oral health care for vulnerable children in Los Angeles County. Los Angeles, CA: UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.

This policy brief describes a project to improve oral health care for young children at 12 federally qualified health center (FQHC) clinic sites with co-located oral health and primary care services in Los Angeles County, California. Contents include program goals to reduce barriers to oral health for infants and young children from birth through age 5 and strategies and interventions to meet program goals. Topics include infrastructure, practice management technical assistance, training, quality improvement learning collaboratives, community systems development, and policy analysis. Additional topics include the location and characteristics of participating clinics, the number of visits for children by project year and quarter, and policy implications.

Hunt K, Manter M. 2016. Teeth for Tots: Oral health education for parents & caregivers of infants and toddlers–An oral health resource guide. Lawrence, KS: Kansas Head Start Association.

This curriculum comprises 10 modules on oral health in young children and is designed to help parenting educators, home visitors, and public health professionals support families and caregivers of children from birth to age three. Each module provides background information and a sample agenda including ideas for conversation starters, trigger questions, handouts, and demonstrations. A series of 12 handouts are also available that can be used to reinforce the oral health information discussed with families. The materials are available in English and Spanish.

Langelier M, Surdu S, Gao J, Moore J, Glicken A. 2016. Determinants of oral health assessment and screening in physician assistant clinical practice. Rensselaer NY: Oral Health Workforce Research Center.

This brief presents findings from a survey of graduates from accredited physician assistant (PA) professional education programs to describe their current clinical practices related to oral health service delivery. Contents include background, objectives, methods, findings, and conclusions and policy implications. Topics include education in oral health competencies, integration of oral health services into clinical practice, and opinions and attitudes.