The National Survey of Children's Health is a nationally
representative telephone survey of parents or guardians,
sponsored by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau within
the Health Resources and Services Administration. The
definitions of rural used for the present report follow
those used by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, which
classify children's residence as urban, large rural or
small rural based on Rural Urban Commuting Area codes.
Details are provided in the Technical Notes (Appendix A).
In the body of the report, we provide graphs illustrating
changes in oral health measures over time. A companion
report, Improving Rural Oral Health: Six States' Response
to the United States Department of Health and Human
Services Oral Health Strategic Framework, provides
examples of programs in six states aimed at improving
oral health equity in rural populations.