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MCHB-Funded Projects

Perinatal and Infant Oral Health Quality Improvement Initiative


The goal of the Perinatal and Infant Oral Health Quality Improvement (PIOHQI) Initiative is to reduce the prevalence of oral disease in pregnant women and infants through improved access to high-quality oral health care (i.e., preventive services, restorative treatment, education). The expected outcomes of the initiative, which will target pregnant women and infants at high risk for oral disease, are improved oral health and increased utilization of oral health services.

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Grantees of both the pilot and the expansion phases of the initiative will participate in an oral health collaborative coordinated by the PIOHQI National Learning Network. At the end of the funding period, grantees will have defined and implemented evidence-informed models used to successfully integrate high-quality oral health care into perinatal and infant primary-care-delivery systems with statewide reach. These state models will

  • Reduce the prevalence of oral disease in pregnant women and infants, ultimately reducing dental caries throughout early childhood.
  • Increase pregnant women’s utilization of preventive oral health care.
  • Increase the percentage of children who have dental homes by age 1.
  • Reduce oral health care expenditures.

Lessons learned from implementing these state models will be used to develop a National Implementation Framework for Improved Perinatal and Infant Oral Health. This framework will support stakeholders (i.e., government leaders, oral health professionals, community and state health program directors) in their efforts to

  • Expand access to oral health services.
  • Increase implementation of oral health care best practices.
  • Increase the number of primary care health professionals who incorporate oral health core clinical competencies into their practice (see Integration of Oral Health and Primary Care Practice).
  • Share state data with common oral health metrics.
  • Support sustainable oral-health-care-delivery systems, and support state policies and legislation that promote adequate reimbursement for oral health care.

Federal Project Officer

Pamella Vodicka
Health Resources and Services Administration
Maternal and Child Health Bureau
5600 Fishers Lane
Parklawn Building, Room 18W13B
Rockville, MD 20857
E-mail: pvodicka@hrsa.gov
Phone: (301) 443-2753