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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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March 2017

Hayes CP. 2016. Increasing access to oral health care in Missouri: One funder's approach. Washington, DC: Grantmakers In Health.

This issue brief provides information about a multiyear initiative to increase access to oral health care for children and adults in Missouri. Topics include increasing the number of places people can go to receive oral health services, increasing the number of providers, and expanding insurance coverage and acceptance. Additional topics include establishing the Missouri Coalition for Oral Health, hiring a state dental director, financing oral health-related data collection and disseminating and implementing a state oral health plan.

Martin LT, Karoly LA. 2016. Addressing oral health in Head Start: Insights from the Head Start health manager descriptive study. Washington, DC: U.S. Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation.

This report presents findings from a study to explore how Head Start programs are addressing the challenge of tooth decay in in infants and young children. Topics include the burden of tooth decay on Early Head Start and Head Start programs as perceived by Head Start health managers; health programming (services, activities, education) and policies currently in place to address tooth decay, staffing models used to address oral health needs and how staff training addresses tooth decay; and how programs are leveraging other partners, community resources, and their health services advisory committee to address tooth decay. The study covered 2011-2016.

Michigan Oral Health Coalition. 2017. Check-up on oral health: Age one dental visits–Michigan county profile 2017. Lansing, MI: Michigan Oral Health Coalition.

This report provides information about the percentage of Medicaid beneficiaries, under age two, with at least one dental visit during the calendar year in Michigan counties. The report also describes factors that contribute to low levels of preventive oral health service use and guidelines and recommendations for the first dental visit.

Skinner E. 2016. Oral health care and coverage during pregnancy. Denver, CO: National Conference of State Legislatures.

This brief for policymakers provides information about the effects of oral disease on pregnant women and infants and state actions to prevent disease and reduce costs. The brief examines insurance coverage for oral health care, including publicly funded coverage and reimbursement rates; dental expenditures; and where policymakers can find state-specific statistics on health status and coverage rates to help them uncover important trends in their state. The brief also discusses state strategies to help pregnant women receive oral health care services and provisions in the Affordable Care Act that promote improved oral health outcomes for pregnant women such as public education and tobacco cessation services.