ERIC Number: ED480806
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Reference Count: N/A
Caring for Kids Is Fighting Back by Giving Kids the Dental Care They Need at School. This Is How It Works...
George Washington Univ., Washington, DC. School of Public Health and Health Services.
For more than 30 years, school-based health centers have been making an important difference in the health of millions of children by providing an array of medical and other health services at school. This brochure addresses school-based dental care as part of the Caring for Kids program, a multi-site grant program funded through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to develop sustainable mental and dental health care for young people by locating them in school-based health clinics. The brochure describes the dental care crisis in the United States, noting that tooth decay is the most common childhood disease and that high costs and limited access to care prevent most low-income parents from obtaining the dental care their children need. The brochure contends that school-based health centers offer an effective and efficient means for bringing needed dental care to children whom otherwise would not receive it. Services in such programs may include screening, cleaning, sealants, restorative care, and classroom education. Long-term financial stability is described as the most formidable challenge for most school-based dental services, with Caring for Kids programs surviving through grant support, financial and in-kind contributions, volunteer service, and third-party reimbursements, mostly from Medicaid. The brochure discusses the need to document the effectiveness of school-based dental services, and includes examples of tracking efforts from some programs. The pamphlet concludes by pointing out that the seven Caring for Kids projects are showing how school-based dental centers can effectively provide dental care for children. (KB)
Descriptors: Child Health, Children, Dental Health, Health Programs, Health Promotion, Low Income Groups, Pamphlets, Philanthropic Foundations, School Health Services
Center for Health & Health Care in Schools, George Washington University, 1350 Connecticut Avenue, #505, Washington, DC 20036. Tel: 202-466-3396; Fax: 202-466-3467; Web site: http://www.healthinschools.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, New Brunswick, NJ.
Authoring Institution: George Washington Univ., Washington, DC. School of Public Health and Health Services.