May 2019 Volume LIV Number 3


Pediatric Oral Health Research and Policy Center

March 2016 Volume LI Number 2


Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Grant Awarded

The Policy Center received its first grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in partnership with the National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center, American Dental Association and other dental organizations. Running from November 2015 to October 2016, the grant will fund Policy Center activities in developing and conducting surveys of pediatric dentists and general dentists about their knowledge, skills and strategies related to reducing the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages and preventing childhood obesity. In addition, the AAPD will serve on the steering committee and participate in subsequent activities of the project.  


Harris Fellows Conduct Original Research

The research project of Dr. Benjamin Curtis is analyzing the efforts of the AAPD Public Policy Advocates regarding their levels of training in advocacy skills, knowledge of particular health reform issues, and empowering change at national, state and local levels.  He is being mentored in this project by Dr. Paul Reggiardo.

Dr. Scott Schwartz is surveying AAPD members to analyze how the oral health provisions and insurance regulations related to the Affordable Care Act have affected practicing pediatric dentists and the utilization of dental care services by their patients. His mentor for the project is Dr. Jessica Lee.


Policy Center Webpages Offer More Resources

The Policy Center webpages have undergone extensive revision and expansion, thus offering more valuable information for members. The enhanced pages can be accessed at by selecting the "Public Policy and Advocacy" tab and then clicking on "Pediatric Oral Health Research and Policy Center." The long-standing favorite pages, such as the "Expanded Function Dental Toolkit," "School Oral Health Entrance Exam Toolkit" and "State Dental Periodicity Schedules" remain, featuring up-to-date material. New topics include "Practice Characteristics Data," "Children’s Health Data," "Medicaid/CHIP Reform Issues," and "Non-Dental Provider Issues."


Article Published in the Oklahoma Dental Association Journal

In conjunction with National Children’s Dental Health Month, Drs. Casamassimo and Wright authored an article in the Journal of the Oklahoma Dental Association. The article, titled "Building a Community of Dental Homes for Children," recommends a pathway for local action to comprehensively address the significant public health problem of early childhood caries. It includes a checklist for communities to provide relief from dental caries and bring improved outcomes for children, as well as suggestions for individual dental practices to address the larger issues of dental caries and oral health disparities.

For further information, please contact AAPD Policy Center Assistant Director Robin Wright at (312) 337-2169 or

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