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OH-16 Increase the number of States and the District of Columbia that have an oral and craniofacial health surveillance system

About the Data

Description of the data source, numerator, denominator, survey questions, and other relevant details about the national estimate.

Data Source: 
Annual Synopses of State and Territorial Dental Public Health Programs
Changed Since the Healthy People 2020 Launch: 
Baseline (Year): 
32 (2009)
Target-Setting Method: 
Total coverage
Target-Setting Method Justification: 
Thirty-two States currently have a surveillance system. The standard calls for all States to have a system to monitor oral health status, access to care, and infrastructure capacity. This standard is very likely to be accomplished during this decade.

Number of States or the District of Columbia with surveillance data for at least six of the nine possible surveillance databases

Comparable Healthy People 2010 Objective: 
Adapted from HP2010 objective
Questions Used to Obtain the National Baseline Data: 

    From the 2009 Annual Synopses of State and Territorial Dental Public Health Programs:


    Which of the following programs are funded, conducted or otherwise facilitated by your state or territorial dental health program? [For clarification, some program definitions are listed at the bottom of each page. Indicate which programs the state or territorial dental program supports by checking the "No" or "Yes" box then enter approximate number of individuals served annually by each program. If you do not have data on the number served by a program, please put "NA" in the "Number" box.]

    • Needs Assessments - do you have state specific oral health data from these sources? [Do not include open mouth surveys.]
    1. BRFSS
    2. Youth risk behavior surveys
    3. Pregnancy risk survey
  • Oral Health (open-mouth) Surveys [Do not include BRFSS or YRBS.]
  • System for recording and referring children with cleft lips, palates, and other craniofacial anomalies to rehabilitative teams
  • Do you have Medicaid dental claims data to help support or monitor your oral health program?
Methodology Notes: 

    The Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors fields the Synopses of State of Territorial Dental Public Health Programs annually and asks state dental directors to report their use of a range of data systems to monitor trends in oral health status, risk factors and utilization of health care. The data systems are as follows:

    • Statewide oral health surveys
    • Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), CDC/NCCDPHP
    • Water Fluoridation Reporting System (WFRS), CDC/NCCDPHP
    • Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS), CDC/NCCDPHP
    • Pregnancy risk data
    • State cancer registries/Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER), NIH/NCI
    • Orofacial cleft data
    • Medicaid dental claims data, HCFA
    • Annual Synopses of State and Territorial Dental Public Health Programs, Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors (ASTDD)

    Data from the Synopses are complemented with data from CDC's Water Fluoridation Reporting System and National Program of Cancer Registries, and NIH's SEER program measured state participation in water fluoridation reports and cancer registries.