Early Childhood Oral Health Initiative (ECOH)
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OACHC, with support from the The HealthPath Foundation of Ohio (formerly 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.  Click here for a detailed summary of the initiative.


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.

This online manual contains participation documents as well as sample tools, handouts, and anticipatory guidance that can be shared with parents and caregivers in an effort to help them learn behaviors that will help to prevent dental disease and improve the oral health of their children. Also included are sample tools that may be used in the clinical setting to assist you in incorporating early childhood oral health screening and fluoride varnish application into the daily routine of well child visits. 

We wish to thank the members of the advisory committee for their time and expertise. We also appreciate the assistance of our colleagues in other states where early childhood oral health programs are already established.  A special thank you to The HealthPath Foundation of Ohio (formerly The Anthem Foundation of Ohio), the Ohio Department of Health - Bureau of Oral Health Services, the Health Resources and Services Administration, and the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services for sharing best practices and lessons learned.

ECOH Contacts:

Susan Lawson, Oral Health Program Manager, (614) 884-3101, slawson@ohiochc.org



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