Oral Health 2014 Initiative
The Oral Health 2014 Initiative—funded by the DentaQuest Foundation—provided resources for the creation of a statewide implementation plan for Act 235, legislation passed by the SC General Assembly in 2010. Act 235 called on the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) to establish a statewide dental screening initiative and make enhancements to the state’s oral health infrastructure relying, in part, on a new network of community oral health coordinators (COHC).
The SC Rural Health Research Center, working on behalf of the SC State Oral Health Coalition, collaborated with IMPH, DHEC, the SC Dental Association and Palmetto Project to develop a statewide plan of action to facilitate the implementation of a legislatively established dental health strategy to a sustainable public health response. The goal of this effort was to create an implementation plan to integrate into the State Oral Health Plan in order to carry it out in ways that produce measurable improvements in oral health outcomes—particularly among vulnerable children. The implementation plan addresses the underlying imperatives of Act 235, which are (a) identification of at-risk children, (b) care coordination, especially between dental and medical providers, and (c) parent engagement.
Four teams were formed to address those imperatives: Science, Medical-Dental Safety Net, Community Engagement and Sustainability Workgroups. White Papers were developed by each workgroup to inform the implementation plan. IMPH facilitated and conducted research for the Sustainability Workgroup.
Please contact Megan Weis for more information on the Institute’s role in the Oral Health 2014 Initiative.