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Evaluating Statewide Oral Health Programs

The Center for Rural Health has been funded by the North Dakota Department of Health Oral Health Program to complete an evaluation of two federally funded oral health programs. Specifically, the Oral Health Program has received funding from both the Centers for Disease Control and the Health Resources and Services Administration to implement a variety of oral health prevention and education activities.

The Center for Rural Health is responsible for evaluating, documenting, and sharing state program accomplishments, challenges, best practices, evaluation results, and lessons learned. Activities under evaluation include:

  • Dental and medical integration
  • Dental student rotations in Federally Qualified Health Centers
  • Care coordination in a school-based dental sealant program
  • Community water fluoridation
  • Oral health surveillance data collection and reporting
  • Pain management practices among dental providers