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OH-9.3 Data Details

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OH-9.3 Increase the proportion of school-based health centers with an oral health component that includes topical fluoride

About the Data

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

Data Source: 
Census of School-Based Health Centers
Changed Since the Healthy People 2020 Launch: 
Baseline (Year): 
20.6 (2007–08)
Target-Setting Method: 
10 percent improvement

Number of school-based health centers (SBHCs) with an oral health component that includes fluoride mouth rinse, fluoride varnish, or fluoride supplements


Number of school-based health centers that completed a survey

Comparable Healthy People 2010 Objective: 
Not applicable
Questions Used to Obtain the National Baseline Data: 

    From the 2010-11 Census of School-Based Health Centers:


    Indicate which of the following services are provided to individuals by the health center (NOTE: Unless indicated, check off the services provided at your health center regardless of who provides the service.) [Select: Provide onsite; Provide through mobile unit; By referral only; Not provided or referred.]

    • Oral health education
    • Dental screenings (e.g. visual inspection)
    • Dental examination by a dentist
    • Dental examination by a dental hygienist
    • Dental sealants
    • Fluoride mouth rinse
    • Fluoride varnish
    • Fluoride supplements
    • Dental cleaning
    • General dental care (e.g. fillings, extractions)
    • Specialty care (e.g. orthodontics, oral surgery)
Methodology Notes: 

    The School-Based Health Alliance conducts the Census of School-Based Health Centers (SBHCs). The census is a triennial national survey of school-based, school-linked, mobile health centers, and telehealth programs. This online survey provides the school-based health field with accurate, up-to-date data about SBHC demographics, staffing, services, policies, utilization, financing, prevention activities, and clinical policies.

    School-Based Health Centers that responded "Provide onsite" to "Fluoride mouth rinse," "Fluoride varnish," or "Fluoride supplements" were included in the numerator.

Revision History

Any change to the objective text, baseline, target, target-setting method or data source since the Healthy People 2020 launch.

Description of Changes Since the Healthy People 2020 Launch: 
In 2015, the baseline was revised to correct a programming error. The numerator should only include school-based health centers (on-site), not both school-based health centers and referral clinics (off-site). The baseline estimate was revised from 29.2 percent to 20.6 percent in 2007-2008. The target was adjusted from 32.1 percent to 22.7 percent to reflect the revised baseline using the original 10 percent improvement target-setting method. The data source name was revised from "School-Based Health Care Census (SBHCC), National Assembly on School-Based Health Care (NASBHC)" to "Census of School-Based Health Centers (CSBHC), School Based Health Alliance (SBHA)." The data source methodology was not revised.


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