Report Identifies Barriers and Opportunities for States to Increase Oral Health Care Access for Low-Income People

Identifying oral health policy opportunities
    • September 1, 2003

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.

Key Recommendations

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.