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Oral Health

Dental care is one of the most common unmet needs of American children. In most states, fewer than one in four children covered by Medicaid receive an annual dental visit. CHCS resources can help states that are considering innovative programs to improve access to oral health care services.

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Medicaid Oral Health Learning Collaborative

The Medicaid Oral Health Learning Collaborative, made possible through the DentaQuest Foundation, is helping state Medicaid efforts to meet the access goals of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' National Oral Health Initiative.
April 2013 Initiative

Health Screening and Assessment for Children and Youth Entering Foster Care: State Requirements and Opportunities

This issue brief reports on a 50-state survey conducted by CHCS to understand child welfare agency requirements for health screenings and assessments upon a child's removal from the home. Findings suggest significant opportunities for states to strengthen requirements in support of improvements in health outcomes and related costs for the high-risk foster care population.

November 2010 Policy & Issue Briefs

Healthy Smiles – Healthy Families: Improving Oral Health for Children in California's Healthy Families Program

July 2010 - December 2011

July 2010 Initiative

A “High-Touch” Approach to Improving Oral Health for Newark Children

CHCS' New Jersey Smiles initiative engaged the state Medicaid agency, health plans, and other regional partners to improve access to dental care among low-income and minority children. This case study describes how the collaborative worked with Newark Head Start programs and community dentists to increase the number of preschool NJ FamilyCare/Medicaid children completing dental visits and establishing dental homes.

March 2010 Case Studies

Child Oral Health Resources for Primary Care Providers

These tools support primary care providers, dentists, and Head Start programs in oral health screening, family education, and dental care referrals.

March 2010 Technical Assistance Briefs & Tools

Periodicity of Dental Services for Children in NJ FamilyCare/Medicaid

New Jersey's Medicaid agency, the Department of Medical Assistance and Health Services (DMAHS), created the Periodicity of Dental Services for Children in NJ FamilyCare/ Medicaid with age-appropriate recommendations for children ages 0 to 20.

March 2010 Technical Assistance Briefs & Tools

A Guide to Improving Children's Oral Health Care: Tools for the Head Start Community

This manual was developed to help New Jersey Head Start staff working to establish dental homes and improve oral health for low-income children ages 0-3. The guide is a helpful tool for state Medicaid agencies, community organizations, and Head Start sites in other states that are working to improve children's oral health. 

February 2010 Toolkits

Pediatric Oral Health Action Plan for New Jersey's Children Ages 0-6

Developed by a multi-stakeholder group that was led by the New Jersey Head Start-State Collaboration Project, this action plan outlines strategies to improve oral health care for children throughout the state, particularly those in racial and ethnic minority groups and low-income families.

July 2009 Technical Assistance Briefs & Tools

New Jersey Smiles Intervention Change Package and Measurement Plan for Improving Oral Health Care for Young Kids

This project Change Package describes interventions designed to increase the number of children ages 0-5 who receive an annual dental visit and ensure those at highest risk have access to a dental home.

August 2008 Technical Assistance Briefs & Tools

NJ Smiles Small Group Consultation: Faculty Presentations

In September 2007 the CHCS initiative NJ Smiles held a small group consultation designed to provide a forum for plans, state agencies and community stakeholders to develop a quality change approach to guide the new 18 month initiative.

October 2007 Meeting Highlights

New Jersey Smiles: A Medicaid Quality Collaborative to Improve Oral Health in Young Kids

September 2007 - February 2008

September 2007 Initiative

Catalyzing Improvements in Oral Health Care

This report highlights the results of six states who received grants under the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's State Action for Oral Health Access, an initiative to improve the access and quality of oral health services.

August 2006 Reports

Vermont's Campaign to Improve Children's Oral Health

The Vermont Department of Health developed a social marketing campaign aimed at educating parents and caregivers about proper oral health care for children.  This case study highlights the steps the Department took to implement a media campaign and how they plan to evaluate its effectiveness. 
September 2004 Case Studies

South Carolina Dental Initiative Aims for "More Smiling Faces"

A partnership between the AME church and South Carolina's Department of Health and Environmental Control is one of several statewide oral health care projects made possible through the state's State Action for Oral Health Access grant, a funded project to improve access to oral health services for young children and those with special needs served by Medicaid.

March 2004 Case Studies

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