An Oral Health Initiative

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

Activity Description

An ad hoc consensus committee will explore ways to increase public awareness of the relationship and importance of good oral health to good physical health; promote prevention and improve oral health literacy to health providers and the public; and recommend ways to improve access to oral health care.  The committee will recommend actions that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) can undertake to further these objectives and establish that oral health is part of overall health.

The committee will review current relevant oral health care actions, the barriers to progress, and ways in which policy can improve access to oral health care.  In so doing, the committee will examine existing oral health activities and programs, existing regulations, statutes, and resources that affect efforts to support oral health care, and research, data, financing, and policy efforts that bear on oral health.

Considerations will include:

  • Assessment of the current oral health care system.
  • Examination of preventive care interventions, their use and promotion, including greater health literacy;
  • Review of the elements of a national oral health initiative encompassing regulations, statutes, programs, research, data, financing, and policy and recommend actions for DHHS agencies and, if relevant and important, other actors.

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