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Ohio State University Appalachian Geriatric Dental Program (PDF, 656 KB) Promising Program
The Ohio State University (OSU) Appalachian Geriatric Dental Program, which operated from 2000 to 2012, provided dental services to older adults in the Appalachian Region two times per month. The program provided on-site dental services at locations in Adams, Brown, Gallia, Highland, Jackson, Pike, Ross, Scioto, and Vinton counties in Ohio by transporting mobile dental equipment from OSU for each visit. Individuals in need of more extensive dental care were treated at the OSU Geriatric Dental Clinic in Columbus, Ohio.

OneWorld Community Health Centers, Inc. (PDF, 365 KB)
OneWorld Community Health Centers, Inc., established in 1970, is a federally qualified health center based in Omaha, Nebraska. Services include emergency care, screenings, cleanings, x-rays, fillings, extractions, and root canals. The center targets low-income children and adults. It also partners with Ronald McDonald Charities—Omaha to operate a mobile dental service that reaches children in school settings.

Online Oral Health Courses for Home Care Aides (PDF, 367 KB)
The Online Oral Health Courses for Home Care Aides, established in 2012, is based in the state of Washington. The Washington Dental Service Foundation and Service Employees International Union’s Training Partnership collaborated to create this educational opportunity. It consists of three one-hour online courses on basic oral health, caring for dentures, and gaining client cooperation for oral care aim in order to improve oral health among older adults. Since the program’s inception, the courses have been downloaded nearly 60,000 times for completion by home care aides. All courses are approved by the State of Washington and can be used to fulfill Home Care Aides annual 12-hours of mandatory continuing education.

Oral Health Equity Project (PDF, 355 KB)
The Oral Health Equity Project, established in 2002, is a portable dental service program located in Boston, Massachusetts. Services include screenings, fluoride treatments, care coordination, and patient education. The program was featured in the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) Model Practice Database. It treats low-income older adults (60 years and older) in public housing and also expanded its efforts to private housing establishments after discovering a need in these settings. The program has found that individuals from these locations generally have not seen a dentist in years and on-site screenings provide an easy way to reach older adults who may not have the means to travel to a dentist. Dentists and dental students from surrounding dental schools provide the services.

Oral Health for Caregivers (PDF, 364 KB)
Oral Health for Caregivers is a training curriculum developed by the Washington Dental Service Foundation. It is targeted at those who care for older adults and provides oral health information. The program introduces oral health prevention in an easy-to-understand format that can be used to educate caregivers. The curriculum provides a high-quality Continuing Education learning opportunity. The training is free in Washington for Home Care Aides, Adult Family Home providers, and caregivers for adults with developmental disabilities.

Oral Health Improvement through Outreach (PDF, 377 KB)
The OHIO (Oral Health Improvement through Outreach) Project allows senior dental students to spend 50 days providing dental care in several of 23 affiliated community clinics throughout Ohio under the direct supervision of a licensed dentist. Students are exposed to multiple dental technologies, observe various practice management models, practice four-handed dentistry, and increase their speed and confidence all while serving a community in need of affordable care. The OHIO Project has produced outcomes benefiting both Ohioans in need of dental care and the next generation of dental professionals by building stronger partnerships with underserved communities. The program also enhances a community service ethic and social responsibility within its students. It aims to equip future dentists with community-oriented competencies necessary to practice in a changing health care environment.

Oral Health Prevention Program (PDF, 326 KB)
The Oral Health Prevention Program, run by Visiting Dental Hygienist, LLC and funded by the Area Agency on Aging Coastline Elderly Services, Inc. (CESI), is located in New Bedford, Massachusetts. Services, including oral and dental screenings, cleanings, fluoride treatments, referrals, and patient education, are offered by a mobile unit in residential areas and Council on Aging Centers. The program targets older adults (60 and older) without dental insurance.

Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach Dental Clinic (PDF, 720 KB) Promising Program
Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach Dental Clinic provides free comprehensive dental care and oral health education to participants who lack insurance or the means to pay for services. Our Lady of Mercy operates as a nonprofit and supports self-sufficiency and self-worth in the community through education, wellness, and outreach services.

Outreach Dentistry (PDF, 324 KB)
Outreach Dentistry was founded in 1992 and provides mobile and portable comprehensive dental services, including full examinations, preventive services, and more intensive surgical and prosthetic procedures to vulnerable adult and child populations throughout Louisiana. Care is provided by two dentists, two dental hygienists, one clinical assistant, three office staff members, and a dental director at each nursing facility. In 2008, the practice expanded to treat children from low-income families in school-based settings. The program provides services to individuals who are covered by Louisiana Medicaid or provides care free of charge.