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Introduction / Integrating Oral Health in MCH

Title V MCH Services Block Grant Oral Health Toolkit

Strategies and Measures

Common themes in the strategies addressing NPM 13 proposed by states:

Education and Training

  • Develop and distribute educational information and materials geared toward the public and health professionals.
  • Provide education at community-based settings.
  • Provide training opportunities for health professionals.

Partnership and Collaboration

  • Build connections and strengthen opportunities for collaborations with state programs, dental schools and dental hygiene programs, private practice, and community-based programs.
  • Promote the practice of health professionals providing oral health screenings, preventive services, anticipatory guidance, and referrals to a dentist.

Preventive Oral Health Services

  • Promote dental sealants
  • Promote fluorides

Sample Strategies and ESMs*

Strategy: Improve data collection and reporting about dental visits and referrals

ESM: Annual report including utilization of oral health services presented to state legislature

Strategy: Include preventive dental services for pregnant women as a no cost preventive service within the Essential Health Benefit package

ESM: Preventive dental services implemented as a no-cost preventive service within the Essential Health Benefit package

Strategy: Form interagency partnerships to improve coordination between services

ESM: Number of interagency partnerships implemented to coordinate dental and other services

Strategy: Increase oral health awareness by distributing educational material in community-based settings

ESM: Number of community-based organizations provided with oral health educational materials


*Source: Strengthen the Evidence for Maternal and Child Health Programs. 2016. Sample Strategies and Evidence-Based or -Informed Measures. Baltimore, MD: Strengthen the Evidence for Maternal and Child Health Programs.


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