In 2002, researchers at the National Conference of State Legislatures studied policy barriers at the state level to access to oral health care for low-income people and identified opportunities for RWJF to address those barriers.
In a report to RWJF, conference staff identified three broad areas where RWJF investment could help break down policy barriers:
- States need to define the nature and dimensions of the oral health access problem through consensus-building activities, such as task forces and commissions.
- States need more information about their options, including policy analyses, program evaluations, cost-benefit analyses, reports on best practices and local surveys.
- More support is needed to develop and sustain coalitions on oral health that will help generate support for change in oral health policy.