Strengthening the Oral Health Safety Net
OPCA is partnering with the DentaQuest Foundation on a three-year initiative, Strengthening the Oral Health Safety Net. We work with dental directors at many health centers across Oregon to keep Oregonians free of serious, costly oral health issues.
A strong oral health safety net is vital if Oregon is to meet current and future demand for preventive services, education and treatment for underinsured and underserved children and adults. With the implementation of health care reform, thousands of Oregonians are gaining dental benefits, many for the first time. Strengthening the Oral Health Safety Net (SOHSN) is designed to help the safety net handle the influx of new patients smoothly and successfully.
Through SOHSN, community health centers develop oral health leadership and adopt programs that encourage oral health and interprofessional activities across dental and medical programs. Also under the initiative, OPCA educates policymakers about safety net oral health needs and provides participating CHCs with individualized technical assistance from the DentaQuest Institute's Safety Net Solutions program.
Oral Health Resources
The data in the oral health surveillance system report are derived from multiple sources, including:
Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS): Annual survey of women three months after a live birth, including questions about dental visits and problems.
SMILE Survey: Survey with clinical examination of first, second and third grade children. It focuses on caries experience, untreated tooth decay, sealants, and early childhood caries.
National Survey of Children's Health (NSCH): Phone survey of families examining the health (including oral health) of children 0-17 years of age.
Oregon Healthy Teens Survey: Survey of 8th and 11th grade students; includes oral health questions.
Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS): Survey of adults aged 18 and older; includes oral health questions.
Oregon Division of Medical Assistance Programs (DMAP): State Medicaid program; provides data on dental visits.
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS): Provides Medicaid eligibility data for 2005-07.
Water Fluoridation Reporting System (WFRS) from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Includes an annual report tracking fluoridation status.
Oregon Board of Dentistry (OBD): Collects information about the dental workforce, including the Oregon Health Profession Profiles (OHPP).
Oregon Health Professions: Occupational and County Profiles report.
Oregon State Cancer Registry (OSCaR): Tracks oral and pharyngeal cancers, among other cancers.
Oregon Vital Statistics from Center for Health Statistics: Records oral and craniofacial anomalies.
Participating Oregon health centers include:
- Clackamas County Community Health Division
- Coastal Family Health Center
- La Clinica
- Lincoln Community Health Center
- Multnomah County Health Department
- Native American Rehabilitation Association
- Northwest Human Services
- Umpqua Community Health Center
- White Bird Clinic
Oregon Health Authority
Oregon Health & Science University
Oregon Oral Health Coalition
Safety Net Solutions
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