Performance Improvement 2009. What Early Implementation Experiences Have Head Start Oral Health Initiative Grantees Had?

01/01/2009

This study examined was designed to describe the oral health promotion strategies developed by the 52 Head Start Oral Health Initiative (OHI) grantees and evaluated implementation. The study is based primarily on telephone interviews with grantees conducted in 2007 and on information collected in the program record-keeping system by grantees on the characteristics of children, their families, and pregnant women enrolled in the OHI and the oral health services they received.

Most grantees implemented the OHI in their entire service area and served diverse children and families. A key service delivery theme was the education of parents, children, pregnant women and staff about oral health. Grantees partnered with a combination of direct service providers, local oral health coalitions, and advocacy groups. Grantees using OHI funds for new staff positions often hired individuals with clinical dental experience. Grantees expanded the types of preventive services offered to Head Start children and most grantees referred children and pregnant women to community providers for follow-up treatments. Partnerships with direct service providers were important factors in service delivery approaches. To reduce barriers to care, grantees provided a range of support services; grantees distributed oral hygiene supplies to reinforce educational messages.

Report Title (volume 1): Oral Health Promotion, Prevention, & Treatment Strategies for Head Start Families: Early Findings from the Oral Health Initiative Evaluation Volume 1: Final Interim Report http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/opre/hs/eval_oral_health/reports/early_findings_vol1/early_findings_vol1.pdf

Report Title (volume 2): Oral Health Promotion, Prevention, & Treatment Strategies for Head Start Families: Early Findings from the Oral Health Initiative Evaluation Volume 2: Site Profiles http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/opre/hs/eval_oral_health/reports/early_findings_vol2/early_findings_vol2.pdf
Agency Sponsor: ACF-OPRE, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation
Federal Contact: Laura Hoard, 202-401-4561
Performer: Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.; Princeton, NJ
PIC ID: 8945, 8945.1

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