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ORAL HEALTH INITIATIVES

The PCOH is proud to partner with our PA Oral Health Collective Impact Initiative partners to offer free online webinars and many virtual resources for the oral health community.

Online CE - Webinar Portal
PA Head Start Association
Healthy Teeth Healthy Children
PA Association of Community Health Centers

ORAL HEALTH RESOURCES/WEBSITES

Working with State Legislators: Guide for OH Professionals
MCO Liaison Project
PA Dental Association
Mission of Mercy Dental Care
Donated Dental Services
Give Kids a Smile
The Wisdom Tooth Project
Campaign for Dental Health
Charitable Smiles
Live Healthy PA
Oral Health in Pregnancy Tip Sheet
Tip Sheet from The March of Dimes

CURRENT STATE OF ORAL HEALTH

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The PA 2017-2020 Oral Health Plan is now finalized and available for download on our priorities page. PCOH is thrilled to assist with the implementation of the goals of the plan; we hope you will consider joining us in this mission!
2

Pennsylvania is working on our sealant initiatives to create an even bigger reach for children, particularly the school sealant programs which reach the desired populations in captive settings.
3

Tens of millions of Americans go without needed dental care because they cannot find a dental provider, can’t afford care, lack of dental insurance or are unaware of the importance of dental care.
4

By the time they reach kindergarten, more than 40 percent of American children experience tooth decay. Painful dental problems affect children’s overall health and ability to focus in the classroom.
5

A 2012 report from the Pew Center on the States comparing children's oral health care across 50 states graded Pennsylvania a "D".
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Increasing numbers of adults are seeking care at emergency rooms for dental problems because they have nowhere else to go, creating a large unnecessary expense to the healthcare system.
7

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) consider a ratio of 5000 patients to 1 dental provider a shortage area. Parts of rural Pennsylvania experience a 9000:1 ratio.
8

The Healthy People 2020 goal for populations who receive public water that is optimally fluoridated is 79%. PA currently sits between 48-52%.

PCOH MINI-GRANT PROGRAM

Application Form
Budget Form
Report Form
Seeking Best Practices Document
2017-18 Grantees Report