The National Maternal and Child Oral Health Policy Center promotes the understanding of effective policy options to address ongoing disparities in children’s oral health. The three-year initiative, funded through the Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau, has set out to map a course for improving family oral health by building knowledge and skills of professionals with the ability to steer systems changes. The Policy Center is focused on three goals.
- Goal 1: Enhance Knowledge. Identify, analyze, and promote new information for policymakers and key stakeholders to improve MCH oral health policies and practices.
- Goal 2: Build Capacity. Build awareness, skills, and knowledge among policymakers and key stakeholders to actively promote new and effective oral health policies.
- Goal 3: Expand the community. Expand and diversify the audience engaged in promoting the oral health of MCH populations.
The Policy Center is a collaborative effort of key stakeholders that include:
- Children’s Dental Health Project
- Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP)
- Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors (ASTDD)
- Medicaid/SCHIP Dental Association (MSDA)
- National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP)
- Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB)
The National Maternal & Child Oral Health Policy Center is made possible by grant number U44MC09877 from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) (Title V, Social Security Act), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of MCHB, HRSA, or DHHS.