Increasing Access to Oral Health for the Uninsured and Underinsured
Access to oral health is a challenge for uninsured and underinsured individuals and their families. Safety net oral health facilities help this vulnerable population meet that challenge. This section provides tools and resources such as how- to guides, case studies, a variety of publications and links related to developing an oral health access program.
How To Guides
- Developing an Oral Health Access Program in a Free Clinic: A How-To-Guide written by Mark Cruise of Free Clinic Solutions
- Three Safety Net Delivery System Models for Oral Health Access: The Fixed Site, the Referral Network, and the Mobile Model
- A Guide for Developing and Enhancing Community Oral Health Programs - The American Association for Community Dental Programs
- Mobile-Portable Dental Manual - National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center
- Safety Net Dental Clinic Manual - National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center
- Increasing Assess to Dental Care through Public Private Partnerships: Contracting Between Private Dentists and FQHCs - Children's Dental Health Project
- Providing Faith-based Medical and Dental Care Ministries of Jesus, Edmond, Oklahoma
- Harnessing the Expertise of Retired Medical Professionals Community Volunteers in Medicine, West Chester, Pennsylvania
- A Volunteers in Health Care Case Study Starting a Dental Project Using the Clinic Model
- Meeting the Growing Need for Affordable Dental Care - AmeriCares
- Improving Dental Care Access for Low-Income Populations -Wright State University
- Increasing Access to Dental Care by Adding Dental Therapists - Community Catalyst
- Breaking Down Barriers to Oral Health for All Americans: Repairing the Tattered Safety Net - American Dental Association
- Outside four walls: Health centers improving access to dental care - National Academy for State Health Policy
- Improving Access to Oral Health Care for Vulnerable and Underserved Populations, a report from the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council for HRSA, assesses the oral health care delivery system in the United States and provides a roadmap for public and private partnerships to create an integrated delivery system of oral care for vulnerable and underserved populations.
Tools and Practice Guideslines
- Clinical Recommendations from ADA Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry - American Dental Association
- The Interprofessional Initiative is “the nation's only comprehensive oral health curriculum designed to enhance the role of primary care clinicians in the promotion of oral health for all age groups through interactive online learning.” They have invested in the development of a national curriculum, Smiles for Life. Eight (current) 45-minute modules covering core areas of oral health relevant to physicians (American Academy of Family Physicians), nurses (NYU Nursing), PA’s, pediatricians and midwives.