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Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors. [2022]. National oral health data portal. Reno, NV: Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors, 1 item.

Annotation: This data portal provides oral health data sources all in one place so that people of all levels of oral health literacy and data literacy can find the information they need. Consolidated datasets on oral health status, attitudes, cost, utilization, and access to care have been organized into files and visualizations for easy access and use. The tool organizes data by state to help professionals and programs improve Americans’ oral health and address oral health equity. zzz

Contact: Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors, 3858 Cashill Boulevard, Reno, NV 89509, Telephone: (775) 626-5008 Fax: (775) 626-9268 E-mail: info@astdd.org Web Site: http://www.astdd.org Available from the website.

Keywords: Access to health care, Health care utilization, Health equity, Oral health, Statistical data

Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Office of Health Equity. 2022. Oral health equality project reports. Boston, MA: Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Office of Health Equity, 1 web resource.

Annotation: This toolkit includes resources related to the project, including a community-engagement survey available in English and in Spanish, an oral health status and knowledge survey, a discussion guide for facilitators to use with communities to learn about children’s oral health needs in the Worcester and Holyoke communities, and oral health profiles for Worcester and Holyoke. A data sheet that provides information about efforts to improve access to oral health care for black and Hispanic children ages 10–14 in these Massachusetts communities is also available.

Contact: Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Office of Health Equity, 250 Washington St., 5th Floor, Boston, MA 02108, Telephone: (617) 624-5590 Web Site: https://www.mass.gov/orgs/office-of-health-equity Available from the website.

Keywords: Access to health care, Blacks, Community programs, Health equity, Hispanic Americans, Massachusetts, Oral health

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 2022. HHS equity action plan. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 15 pp.

Annotation: This action plan is based on an internal determination that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) must urgently assess and, if needed, change policies, programs, and processes the department administers. The plan discusses HHS’s shift in the culture, resources, and approaches available to staff to institutionalize a focus on equity, including health equity. The plan provides a summary of early accomplishments and discusses civil rights protections and language access, acquisitions (opportunities for small businesses owned by individuals from disadvantaged populations to apply for contracts within HHS procurement programs), grants, capacity building, and maternal mortality.

Contact: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 200 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC 20201, Telephone: (202) 619-0257 Secondary Telephone: (877) 696-6775 Web Site: http://www.hhs.gov Available from the website.

Keywords: Civil rights, Federal programs, Health equity, Low income groups, Maternal mortality, Policy

U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. 2022. CMS framework for health equity 2022-2032. Baltimore, MD: U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, 39 pp.

Annotation: This framework describes the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS’s) plan to incorporate health equity and efforts to address health disparities as a foundational element across all its work. The framework discusses five priority areas: expand the collection, reporting, and analysis of standardized data; assess causes of disparities within CMS programs and address inequalities in policies and operations to close gaps; build capacity of health care organizations and the workforce to reduce health and health care disparities; advance language access, health literacy, and the provision of culturally tailored services; and increase accessibility to health care services and coverage.

Contact: U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21244, Telephone: (877) 267-2323 Secondary Telephone: (410) 786-3000 Fax: Web Site: https://www.cms.gov Available from the website.

Keywords: Access to health care, Federal programs, Health equity, Health literacy, Policy, Statistical data

American Fluoridation Society. 2022. Idaho's optimal fluoridation plan 2022: A guide for adjusting fluoride in drinking water across the state to optimal levels to improve oral health outcomes for all Idahoans. Boise, ID: Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, Oral Health Program, 34 pp.

Annotation: This guide provides information about adjusting fluoride in drinking water across the state to optimal levels to improve oral health outcomes for all Idahoans. The guide introduces the issue and covers the following topics: an overview of Healthy People 2030, including its recognition that community-level interventions like community water fluoridation can help improve oral health by emphasizing healthy equity; an overview of community water fluoridation in Iowa; goals, objectives, and an action plan; and program management. Promotional resources are provided.

Contact: Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, Oral Health Program, P.O. Box 83720, 450 West State Street, Boise, ID 83720-0036, Telephone: (800) 926-2588 Web Site: http://www.healthandwelfare.idaho.gov/portal/alias__Rainbow/lang__en-US/tabID__3494/DesktopDefault.aspx Available from the website.

Keywords: Community health services, Fluoride, Health equity, Iowa, Oral health, State programs

Community Catalyst. 2022. Policy change to advance oral health equity: An overview of key findings—Oral health in America. Boston, MA: Community Catalyst, 4 pp.

Annotation: This brief provides an overview of key findings from the 2022 National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research report, Oral Health in America: Advances and Challenges, which focuses on opportunities to effect policy change to help achieve oral health equity and racial justice. Topics include the relationship between oral health, social inequities, and structural racism; progress toward reducing oral disease; policy changes to help improve the oral health care system and advance health equity; and strategies to improve the oral health of all Americans. zzz

Contact: Community Catalyst, Dental Access Project, 30 Winter Street, 10th Floor, Boston, MA 02108, Telephone: (617) 338-6035 Fax: (617) 451-5838 E-mail: info@communitycatalyst.org Web Site: http://www.communitycatalyst.org/projects?id=0014 Available from the website.

Keywords: Health care disparities, Health care systems, Health equity, Oral health, Public policy, Racism

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2022. Civic engagement and civic infrastructure to advance health equity: Proceedings of a workshop. Washington, DC: National Academies Press, 98 pp.

Annotation: These proceedings are from a workshop convened by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine's roundtable on Population Health Improvement. The workshop explored the link between measures of civic engagement and quantitative and qualitative measure of health equity and the roles that civic infrastructure, narrative, and media play in shaping civic engagement. The document provides additional readings and resources.

Contact: National Academies Press, 500 Fifth Street, N.W., Keck 360, Washington, DC 20001, Telephone: (202) 334-3313 Secondary Telephone: (888) 624-8373 Fax: (202) 334-2451 E-mail: customer_service@nap.edu Web Site: http://www.nap.edu

Keywords: Access to health care, Advocacy, Health care disparities, Health equity, Health policy, Health status disparities, Policy analysis, Policy development, Public health infrastructure

Singleton M, Atukpawu-Tipton G, Joraanstad A. 2022. Advancing equity in home visiting. Arlington, VA: James Bell Associates, 9 pp. (National Home Visiting Resource Center innovation roundup brief)

Annotation: This brief summarizes several initiatives to advance health and/or racial equity in home visiting. Some examples include: Home Visiting Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network 2.0 (HV CoIIN 2.0) Health Equity Collaborative, Michigan Home Visiting Initiative (MHV), and Massachusetts Racial Equity Movement. The brief also highlights the National Leadership Academy for the Public's Health (NLAPH) program.

Contact: James Bell Associates, 3033 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 650, Arlington, VA 22201, Telephone: (800) 546-3230 Fax: (703) 243-3017 E-mail: info@jbassoc.com Web Site: http://www.jbassoc.com

Keywords: Child health, Early childhood development, Ethnic groups, Family support services, Health equity, Home visiting, Model programs, Race, Social factors

Early Milestones Colorado. 2022. The root of the problem: A roadmap for early childhood oral health equity. Denver, CO: Early Milestones Colorado, 32 pp.

Annotation: This roadmap, which is intended for health professionals, policymakers, home visitors, and child care providers in Colorado, presents four goals toward achieving oral health equity for young children in the state. For each goal, an introduction and context, a set of associated strategies, proposed actions for each strategy, a suggested timeline, a list of potential partners, and a workbook are included. The roadmap also includes information about Colorado's early childhood oral health system, especially for communities of color, and information about related frameworks, plans, and recommendations. zzz

Contact: Early Milestones Colorado, 1536 Wynkoop St #902, Denver, CO 80202, Telephone: (720) 639-9000 Web Site: https://earlymilestones.org/ Available from the website.

Keywords: Children, Colorado, Health care systems, Health equity, Oral health, State information

American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. 2022. Policy on social determinants of children's oral health and health disparities (rev. ed.). Chicago, IL: American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, 9 pp.

Annotation: This report provides information on the influence of factors including access to care, oral disease, behaviors, and oral health inequalities on children’s oral health. Methods and background are presented, and recommendations for oral health professionals and policymakers are offered. The report also includes a policy statement.

Contact: American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, 211 East Chicago Avenue, Suite 1600, Chicago, IL 60611-2637, Telephone: (312) 337-2169 Fax: (312) 337-6329 Web Site: http://www.aapd.org Available from the website.

Keywords: zzz, Access to health care, Health equity, Oral health, Public policy, Tooth decay, Tooth diseases

Barzel R, Holt K, eds. 2022. Advancing oral health equity: A resource guide. Washington, DC: National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center, 23 pp.

Annotation: The guide provides an overview of oral health equity and features descriptions of and links to materials on data and surveillance, policy, professional education and training, and state and local efforts. Selected materials include a Department of Health and Human Services equity action plan, an oral health policy equity tool, a community framework for addressing social determinants of health for populations with low incomes, and several resources about state and local efforts to improve oral health equity. [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau] zzz

Contact: National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center, Georgetown University, Washington, DC 20057, E-mail: OHRCinfo@georgetown.edu Web Site: https://www.mchoralhealth.org Available from the website.

Keywords: Health education, Health equity, Local programs, Oral health, Public policy, Resource materials, State programs, Statistical data, Surveys, Training

Executives for Health Innovation. 2022. Maternal health disparities: Challenges, trends, and the way forward. Washington, DC: Executives for Health Innovation, 12 pp.

Annotation: This report explores the maternal health crisis in the United States and offers real-world examples and solutions designed to eliminate disparities in maternal health and reduce maternal mortality rates. The areas of focus include: dynamics in maternal care that lead to disparities; policies that facilitate change; utilizing technology to increase health equity; and recommendations for the future.

Contact: Executives for Health Innovation, One Thomas Circle, NW, Suite 700, Washington , DC 20005, Telephone: 202-624-3270 E-mail: info@ehidc.org Web Site: https://www.ehidc.org

Keywords: Access to health care, Health care disparities, Health equity, Health status disparities, Maternal health, Maternal morbidity, Policy development, Pregnancy, Pregnant women, Telehealth, Telemedecine

Advisory Committee on Training in Primary Care Medicine and Dentistry. 2022. Supporting dental therapy through Title VII training programs: A meaningful strategy for implementing equitable oral health care--19th annual report to the Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services and the Congress of the United States. Rockville, MD: U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration, 27 pp.

Annotation: This report provides information on a government strategy for supporting dental therapy, which is practiced by members of an oral health team providing a defined set of procedures under the supervision of a dentist. Topics include recommendations, the importance of oral health, dentist shortage and maldistribution, the impact of oral health disparities, financial costs and system burden, the emerging dental therapy profession, quality of care, financial benefits, and exemplary programs. zzz

Contact: U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration, 5600 Fishers Lane, Rockville, MD 20857, Telephone: (888) 275-4772 Secondary Telephone: (877) 464-4772 Fax: (301) 443-1246 E-mail: ask@hrsa.gov Web Site: http://www.hrsa.gov Available from the website.

Keywords: Access to health care, Costs, Health care disparities, Health equity, Oral health

Steward M, Howe G, Patel S. 2022. Advancing oral health equity for Medicaid populations. Hamilton, NJ: Center for Health Care Strategies, 15 pp. (Brief)

Annotation: This brief describes barriers to addressing oral health equity and outlines recommendations for overcoming these issues within four key areas: (1) coverage and access, (2) workforce-capacity building, (3) partnerships, and (4) payment. In particular, the brief highlights specific opportunities for partnering with community-based stakeholders (e.g., community-based organizations) as part of efforts to reduce oral health disparities and advance oral health equity for individuals enrolled in Medicaid. zzz

Contact: Center for Health Care Strategies, 200 American Metro Boulevard, Suite 119, Hamilton, NJ 08619, Telephone: (609) 528-8400 Fax: (609) 586-3679 Web Site: http://www.chcs.org Available from the website.

Keywords: Access to health care, Financing, Health equity, Medicaid, Oral health

Minnesota Department of Health, Oral Health Program. [2021]. Minnesota state oral health plan 2020-2030: Building collaboration for collective action. St. Paul, MN: Minnesota Department of Health, 78 pp.

Annotation: This report outlines goals and strategies for advancing oral health equity, increasing access to oral health care, preventing oral disease, and improving oral health in Minnesota. It included five key focus areas: oral health infrastructure; access to oral health care; health systems integration; disability, special health care needs, and inclusion; and data. Oral health disparities in Minnesota, work and achievements since Minnesota’s first state oral health plan, best practices, and future directions are also discussed.

Contact: Minnesota Department of Health, P.O. Box 64975, St. Paul, MN 55164-0975, Telephone: (651) 201-5000 Secondary Telephone: (888) 345-0823 Web Site: http://www.health.state.mn.us Available from the website.

Keywords: Access to health care, Data, Health care systems, Health equity, Minnesota, Oral health, Prevention, Service integration, Special health care needs, State planning

Reusch C, Wilson K, Diep VK, Tiwari T. 2021. Equity and community engagement in statewide oral health policy advocacy: An analysis of the field and recommendations for improvement. Boston, MA: Community Catalyst, 30 pp.

Annotation: This report provides information about a research project to examine how to strengthen advocacy to more effectively promote equity and meet the oral health needs of communities that are underserved. The report presents project findings and offers recommendations for funders, advocates, and other key stakeholders to strengthen and expand oral health advocacy that is equity-informed and that includes community engagement as a core component.

Contact: Community Catalyst, 30 Winter Street, 10th Floor, Boston, MA 02108, Telephone: (617) 338-6035 Fax: (617) 451-5838 E-mail: restuccia@communitycatalyst.org Web Site: http://www.communitycatalyst.org Available from the website.

Keywords: Advocacy, Community health services, Health equity, Low income groups, Oral health, Underserved communities

CareQuest Institute for Oral Health. 2021. Oral disease is common. Access to care is not. State of oral health equity in America 2021. Boston, MA: CareQuest Institute for Oral Health, 6 pp.

Annotation: This report provides information about oral health inequities. Drawing on results from the State of Oral Health Equity in America 2021 survey of 5,320 adults, the report shows that people of color and those with low incomes bear a disproportionate burden of oral disease and disproportionately lack access to needed care. Also discussed are symptoms of oral disease, how frequently symptoms are treated across the U.S. population, and the importance of establishing a dental home.

Contact: CareQuest Institute for Oral Health, 465 Medford Street, Boston, MA 02129-1454, Telephone: (617) 886-1700 Web Site: https://www.carequest.org/ Available from the website.

Keywords: Access to health care, Health equity, Low income groups, Medical home, Oral health, Surveys

Idaho Oral Health Alliance. 2021. Idaho oral health improvement plan 2021-2026: A collaborative approach to oral health in Idaho. Boise, IL: Idaho Oral Health Alliance, 30 pp.

Annotation: This report outlines Idaho’s oral health needs in the areas of prevention, access, and policy and infrastructure and provides strategies for improvement in these areas. It also highlights opportunities to address health disparities and health equity, reduce the social and economic costs of oral disease, and guide efforts to bring appropriate and equitable care to individuals in Idaho.

Contact: Idaho Oral Health Alliance, P.O. Box 2309, Boise, ID 83701, Telephone: (208) 994-9058 Web Site: http://www.idahooralhealth.org Available from the website.

Keywords: Costs, Health equity, Idaho, Oral health, Prevention, State materials

Oral Health Progress and Equity Network. 2021. Blueprint. [no place]: Oral Health Progress and Equity Network, 1 website.

Annotation: This tool presents a blueprint for structural improvement designed to rebuild the national oral health care system with the goal of providing equitable oral health care for everyone. The tool encompasses five “levers” (worksheets) that include national-, state-, and local-level action items in the following areas: amplify consumer voices, advance oral health policy, integrate oral health care and medical care, emphasize prevention, and bring care to the people.

Contact: Oral Health Progress and Equity Network, Web Site: http://www.oralhealth.network Available from the website.

Keywords: Health equity, Oral health, Prevention, Service delivery systems, Service integration

NIHCM Foundation. 2021. Oral health and health equity. Washington, DC: NIHCM Foundation, 1 item.

Annotation: This infographic highlights challenges to achieving optimal oral health and identifies opportunities and strategies for advancing oral health equity. Other topics include the state of oral health, the impact of oral health on the rest of the body, barriers to achieving good oral health, and oral health disparities. zzz

Contact: National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation, 1225 19th Street, N.W., Suite 710, Washington, DC 20036, Telephone: (202) 296-4426 Fax: (202) 296-4319 E-mail: http://www.nihcm.org/contact Web Site: http://www.nihcm.org Available from the website.

Keywords: Health care disparities, Health equity, Health status disparities, Oral health

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This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U02MC31613, MCH Advanced Education Policy, $3.5 M. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.