Disparities in Access to Oral Health Care Among Rural Children: Current Status and Models for Innovation

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September 2014
Project completed:
August 2017

The ACA contains key provisions on addressing oral health disparities among vulnerable populations. This project will provide baseline information on trends in rural health and describe the experiences of four states taking innovative approaches to implementation of key ACA oral health provisions.


  • Chartbook: Trends in Rural Children's Oral Health and Access to Care
    South Carolina Rural Health Research Center
    Date: 08/2017
    Assessing progress at improving children’s oral health requires examining trends to see whether rural disparities, if present, are being reduced. Our report uses data from the National Survey of Children’s Health (2003, 2007, and 2011- 2012) to assess progress in access to oral health care, and perceived status of teeth among rural children.
  • Improving Rural Oral Health: Six States' Response to the United States Department of Health and Human Services Oral Health Strategic Framework
    Policy Brief
    South Carolina Rural Health Research Center
    Date: 08/2017
    The U.S. Public Health Service Oral Health Coordinating Committee published the Oral Health Strategic Framework 2014-2017. The framework includes 5 goals for advancing oral health in America. We explore how 6 states have responded to the Strategic Framework; specifically, how they address oral health inter-professional practice, and access to care.