OH-10.2 Increase the proportion of local health departments that have oral health prevention or care programs
About the Data
Description of the data source, numerator, denominator, survey questions, and other relevant details about the national estimate.
Number of local health departments and community- based health centers that have an oral health component (see Comments)
Number of local health departments and community-based health centers
- Educational services only
- Preventive services (topical fluorides, sealants, etc.)
- Preventive & restorative services
From the 2008 Synopsis of State and Territorial Dental Public Health Programs:
Directors of dental programs were asked to record the number of local health departments (city, county, etc.) that had a dental program during FY 2006-07 that offered:
Local Health Departments may offer oral health services such as health education, preventive services or treatment services, or no oral health services. This objective tracks the proportion of local health departments that offer preventive or treatment services for oral health. Local health departments that offer only oral health education services are not included in the numerator. The Association of State and Territorial State Dental Directors fields an annual survey, the Synopsis of State and Territorial Dental Public Health Programs that asks State Dental Directors to report the number of local health departments operating in the state and the number that offer oral health education, preventive services or restorative services. The Synopses collects data for the prior completed fiscal year, for example, the 2009 Synopsis reflect responses for the period of July 1, 2007-June 30, 2008 for most states. National Association of County and City Health Officials conducts periodic profiles of local health departments and reports the number of local health departments in the nation and state.
Additional resources about the objective
- Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors. Synopses of State and Territorial Dental Public Health Programs. 2009.
- National Association of County and City Health Officials. National Profile of Local Health Departments. 2009.