ERIC Number: ED441937
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
Gaps in Prevention and Treatment: Dental Care for Low-Income Children. New Federalism: National Survey of America's Families, Series B, No. B-15. Assessing the New Federalism: An Urban Institute Program To Assess Changing Social Policies.
Kenney, Genevieve M.; Ko, Grace; Ormond, Barbara A.
Using estimates drawn from the 1997 National Survey of America's Families (NSAF), this brief examines variations in the receipt of dental care services and in unmet need for dental care across different subgroups of children aged 3 and over, both nationally and across 13 states. The NSAF is a household survey that provides information on more than 100,000 children and nonelderly adults representing the noninstitutionalized, civilian population nationally and in 13 states. Conducted as part of the Assessing the New Federalism project, the NSAF oversamples the low-income population. The survey shows that almost 10% of low-income children had unmet need for dental care, nearly twice the level experienced by higher-income children. Nationally, 30% of low-income children received no dental care in the previous year, and nearly 60% failed to receive recommended minimum levels of care. Among low-income children, deficits in dental services use appear greatest among those who lack health insurance, those in poor health, and those with less educated primary caregivers. There is also an unsubstantiated variation across the states in the receipt of dental care. Findings indicate that there is considerable scope for increasing the provision of dental care to low-income children. (Contains 2 tables and 10 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Access to Health Care, Children, Dental Health, Dentistry, Low Income Groups, National Surveys, Poverty, Urban Youth, Welfare Recipients
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD.; Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI.; Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Princeton, NJ.; Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, Menlo Park, CA.; Ford Foundation, New York, NY.; John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Chicago, IL.; Mott (C.S.) Foundation, Flint, MI.; David and Lucile Packard Foundation, Los Altos, CA.; McKnight Foundation, Minneapolis, MN.; Commonwealth Fund, New York, NY.; Weingart Foundation, Los Angeles, CA.; Fund for New Jersey, East Orange.; Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, Milwaukee, WI.; Joyce Foundation, Chicago, IL.; Rockefeller Foundation, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Urban Inst., Washington, DC.
Note: Additional support provided by the Stuart Foundation.