Improving Oral Health
in Rural Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health and DentaQuest Institute have partnered to pilot the MORE Care (Medical, Oral Expanded Care) program within the state. The goal of this partnership is to find solutions to the oral health disparities that exist within rural communities. Oral health will be introduced into primary care practices and dental referral networks will be built.

Pennsylvania Oral Health Collective Impact Initiative Video

The Pennsylvania Association of Community Health Centers (PACHC) has been actively participating in various DentaQuest grants during the last five years. One of these DentaQuest-funded opportunities is the Pennsylvania Oral Health Collective Impact Initiative (POHCII). POHCII participants, in addition to PACHC, include the Pennsylvania Academy of Pediatrics, the Pennsylvania Head Start Association and the Pennsylvania Coalition for Oral Health. For information on this initiative and its activities, view this short video.

Oral Health Status of Low-income Children in Pennsylvania: A Rural/Urban Comparison

PORH is initiating a project designed to improve the oral health of children in rural Pennsylvania. The project, entitled: Oral Health Status of Low-income Children in Pennsylvania: A Rural/Urban Comparison, will document the scope of dental screening programs within the school system, quantify the number of school districts with school-based dental sealant programs, track dental referrals and outcomes, perform analysis on the dental workforce with a focus on those serving Medicaid and CHIP recipients, and review Medicaid claims data. All data collected will be used to determine policy recommendations to be presented to the Pennsylvania General Assembly with the goal of supporting increased access to high-quality oral health services in rural areas in Pennsylvania, as well as improving the oral health status of Commonwealth residents. The project is being funded by the Center for Rural Pennsylvania (a legislative agency of the Pennsylvania General Assembly).

“The Oral Health Status of Low-income Children in Pennsylvania: A Rural/Urban Comparison” is a project that staff from the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health are currently completing for the Center for Rural Pennsylvania. Learn more about this project by viewing the press release here.