Issue & Policy Briefs

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The Center for Oral Health is releasing an issue brief that looks at the Denti-Cal challenges from a different angle. The brief highlights some of the financial aspects of the dental health care market in California to better understand the roles and responsibilities of California’s Legislators to address the dysfunctions of the system.

August is National Immunization Awareness Month in the United States. This is an opportunity to celebrate immunization as one of the greatest public health achievements and also increase awareness about diseases that can be prevented by vaccines. 

Center for Oral Health joins this effort with a new Issue Brief that outlines the potential cost-benefit relation of HPV immunization for the prevention of Oropharyngeal Cancers (OPCs) in the United States.

Center for Oral Health's new issue brief: "Prenatal Oral Health Care" focuses on the importance of good oral health and hygiene for pregnant women and the vital roles that prenatal and dental care providers play during this time.

This issue brief is a joint effort of the Center for Oral Health and Western University of Health Sciences. This publication is funded in part by a grant from The California Wellness Foundation and Colgate Oral Pharmaceuticals. This work is part of the Center's portfolio of research focusing on opportunities for a better understanding of dental care delivery systems and improving oral health outcomes.

HIV and AIDS affect millions of people around the world. Center for Oral Health is proud to join the national effort in support of HIV/AIDS awareness, and has produced an Issue Brief that highlights the importance of Oral Health for PLWHA. This brief is meant to inspire a more holistic and people-centered healthcare approach in the face of this global epidemic. We invite you to read and share this work of Center for Oral Health in collaboration with Western University of Health Sciences.

The Center for Oral Health is pleased to share with you a new issue brief: "Exploring Denti-Cal Provider Reimbursement and its Impact on Access to Dental Care for California's Children". This is a joint effort of Center for Oral Health and Western University of Health Sciences. This publication is funded in part by a grant from The California Wellness Foundation and an academic scholarship grant from Colgate Oral Pharmaceuticals. This work is part of the Center's portfolio of research focusing on opportunities for better understanding of dental care delivery systems, and improving oral health outcomes.

The briefing, Impact of Community-Based Oral Health Services: Reducing the Barriers to Care was sponsored by the Center for Oral Health. Speakers focused on emphasizing preventive services to reflect the new focus of CMS and the Benefit Exchange, increasing access and utilization rates of dental care by providing services where people are and achieving sustainability and efficiency in public dental health program models.

Click here to watch a video of the briefing.

This 2007 report by the Dental Health Foundation (now the Center for Oral Health) notes the extent of dental coverage, barriers to utilization, and policy considerations for improving the oral health of all Californians.

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The funding for the Adult Denti-Cal program was removed by the governor in his January and May 2009 budgets. Center for Oral Health opposed this cut and continues to seek solutions to this problem. For more information, read COH's 2009 issue brief, Eliminating Medi-Cal Adult Dental: Costs and Consequences.

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Effectiveness of Population-Based Interventions on Oral Health was a three year research project intended to provide advocates with a deeper understanding of San Diegans’ positions on fluoridation than can be obtained through opinion polls or focus groups and to improve their capability to effectively conduct a public learning process for fluoridation issues and other health issues that require public support, eg: tobacco and AIDS and immigrant health.

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