Oral Health Access to Services

Type: Consensus Study
Topics: Health Services, Coverage, and Access, Children, Youth and Families, Public Health
Boards: Board on Children, Youth, and Families, Board on Health Care Services

Activity Description

An IOM committee will assess the current U.S. oral health system of care; explore its strengths, weaknesses and future challenges; describe a desired vision for the oral health care system; and recommend strategies to achieve that vision. The project will examine issues that affect underserved populations that are most vulnerable to oral disease and the role of safety net providers, both public and private, who serve them, with a specific focus on the provision of oral health services to women and children. 

Topics to be considered include:

  • Assessment of the current oral health care system.
  • Development of strategies to improve access to and the effectiveness of oral health services to vulnerable populations, with particular attention to the role of safety net oral health programs.
  • Preparation of a strategic plan for addressing issues and improving the particular role of Federally Qualified Health Centers in meeting the oral health needs of the underserved.
  • Design of a future system for providing oral health care for women and children who are most vulnerable to oral disease, focusing in particular on the role of the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act, state Medicaid plans, other fundamental changes in national and state-level health care reform efforts, and the role of information technology and other innovative efforts in the delivery of oral health services for underserved populations and the resolution of persistent oral health disparities.

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