Leadership and Legacy: Oral Health Milestones in Maternal and Child Health Promotion and Prevention OHRC

Index of Milestones

1840 First dental school established
1880 Importance of dental hygiene gains acceptance
1906 First free school dental clinic opened
1912 Children’s Bureau established
1913 First dental hygiene school established
1930 U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps officers expanded
1931 Fluoride found to reduce dental caries
1935 Title V of the Social Security Act enacted
1937 American Association of Public Health Dentistry established
1943 American Public Health Association, Oral Health Section, established
1945 Fluoridation of community water supplies began
1948 Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors established
1955 Indian Health Service established
1956 Health Amendments Act passed

Children and Youth Projects created
Head Start Program established
MCH Pediatric Dentistry Training Program established
Title XIX (Medicaid) established

1967 Dental sealants developed
Title V of the Social Security Act amended
1972 National Health Service Corps created
1979 Healthy People: The Surgeon General’s Report on Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (report) released
1980 Public Policy Options for Better Dental Health: Report of a Study released
1981 The Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1981 passed
1983 U.S. Public Health Service Dental Professional Advisory Committee created
1989 The Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1989 passed
Public Health Service Workshop on Oral Health of Mothers and Children convened
1990 U.S. Public Health Service Oral Health Coordinating Committee created
1993 Government Performance and Results Act of 1993 passed
1994 Medical providers begin delivering preventive oral health services
1996 Children’s Dental Services Under Medicaid: Access and Utilization (report) released
Health Centers Consolidation Act passed
National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center established
1997 State Children’s Health Insurance Program established
1998 Building Partnerships to Improve Children’s Access to Medicaid Oral Health Services (conference) held
Health Resources and Services Administration / Health Care Financing Administration Oral Health intra-agency agreement
2000 The Face of a Child: Surgeon General’s Conference on Children and Oral Health held
Oral Health in America: A Report of the Surgeon General (report) released
Partnership for State Oral Health Leadership established
2001 Head Start Bureau/Maternal and Child Health Bureau agreement established

A National Call to Action to Promote Oral Health: A Public-Private Partnership Under the Leadership of the Office of the Surgeon General (report) released
National Maternal and Child Oral Health Policy Center established
State Oral Health Collaborative Systems program established

2006 Targeted State MCH Oral Health Service Systems program established
2007 Alliance for Information on Maternal and Child Health program established
Death of Deamonte Driver from a brain infection caused by tooth decay
2009 Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act signed into law
2010 Partnership for Oral Health Leadership established
Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act signed into law
2011 Advancing Oral Health in America (report) released
Improving Access to Oral Health Care for Vulnerable and Underserved Populations (report) released
School-Based Comprehensive Oral Health Services established
2012 Oral Health Care During Pregnancy: A National Consensus Statement— Summary of an Expert Workgroup Meeting released
2013 Oral Health Literacy—Workshop Summary released
Perinatal and Infant Oral Health Quality Improvement Initiative established
2015 Title V MCH Services Block Grant transformation
2017 Center for Oral Health Systems Integration and Improvement consortium established
2019 Networks for Oral Health Integration within the Maternal and Child Health Safety Net established
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