Oral Health in the District of Columbia

Parental and Provider Perspectives

by Janice C. Blanchard, Vivian Towe, Stephanie Donald

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Abstract

Research suggests that there are significant barriers to oral health care for many children in Washington, D.C. This report assesses the perspectives of Washington, D.C., stakeholders, including parents and providers, about the oral health of children, particularly those insured by Medicaid. The authors present qualitative data from focus groups with parents and providers, from an oral health forum with primary care medical and oral health clinicians and representatives from the D.C. government, and from a provider survey. The opinions captured here provide a snapshot of the challenges to improving access to oral care for D.C. children and suggest recommendations for doing so.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter One

    Introduction

  • Chapter Two

    Background

  • Chapter Three

    Qualitative Data Findings

  • Chapter Four

    Stakeholder Perspectives of the DC Oral Health (Dental Provider) Assessment Form

  • Chapter Five

    Stakeholder-Generated Recommendations

  • Chapter Six

    Conclusion

  • Appendix A

    The DC Oral Health (Dental Provider) Assessment Form Oral Health Form Original Version

  • Appendix B

    The DC Oral Health (Dental Provider) Assessment Form Oral Health Form Revised Version A

  • Appendix C

    The DC Oral Health (Dental Provider) Assessment Form Oral Health Form Revised Version B

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The research was completed by RAND Health, a division of the RAND Corporation, and by the District of Columbia Pediatric Oral Health Coalition.

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