The lack of access to preventive oral health care for all ages remains a public health challenge. This report focuses on nine oral health innovations seeking to increase access to preventive oral health care in non-dental settings. The nine innovations described in this report integrate service delivery and workforce models in order to reduce or eliminate socioeconomic, geographic, and cultural barriers to care. Two additional reports in this series describe the remaining programs that provide care in dental settings and care to young children.
The results from this project will inform programmatic efforts and evaluation planning at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Based on the overall findings from 25 evaluability assessments, innovations that demonstrate promise in using members of the health care workforce to provide preventive oral health services may be evaluated for effectiveness and to promote replication.
About the Program:
The Systematic Screening and Assessment of Workforce Innovations in the Provision of Preventive Oral Health Services is a project to identify promising workforce innovations that have the potential to increase Americans’ access to preventive oral health services.