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“When healthcare reform goes into effect in 2014, nearly every child in the U.S. will have access to dental care, many for the first time,” said Ralph Fuccillo, DentaQuest Foundation President. “The DentaQuest Foundation is concerned that the oral health safety net in its current state will not be able to handle the volume of new individuals seeking care. The Strengthening the Oral Safety Net Initiative is an investment in the preservation and growth of existing and new programs for a stronger safety net.”

OACHC sees this opportunity as the beginning of a journey toward what will position health centers to strengthen and enhance their dental programs making them providers of choice and move Ohio forward to be a leader in oral health.

Early Childhood Oral Health Program

OACHC, with support from the Anthem Foundation of Ohio, is pleased that you have chosen to participate in the Early Childhood Oral Health (ECOH) Initiative. This quality improvement project will build upon the lessons learned and best practices developed through the participation of Ohio's health centers in the Health Disparities Collaborative (HDC). The HDC models will be utilized as the framework to implement the ECOH Initiative and to spread and sustain this oral health improvement effort statewide.

 The goals of the program include:

  • The establishment of dental homes and regular dental care for children by 1 year of age.
  • The establishment of oral health screenings, caries risk assessments, fluoride varnish applications and caregiver/guardian education/anticipatory guidance as components of the expected standard of care provided during routine well-child and minor illness primary care visits within participating Community Health Centers. The intent is to spread the initiative to all Ohio health centers.
  • An increase in the number of general dentists providing care to pediatric patients.
  • A significant reduction in the incidence of oral health problems among children under 36 months of age over the course of the initiative.

 

Please contact Susan Lawson, Oral Health Program Manager at slawson@ohiochc.org or 614-884-3101 ex 228.
 


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