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What's New | October 28, 2009

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Oral Health Disparities
Oral health disparities persist in the U.S. population for many reasons, including complex cultural and social processes that affect oral health and access to effective dental health care. Infrequent preventive care and high rates of dental disease are associated with minority status, low socioeconomic status, and unemployment.

The featured innovations describe programs aimed at reducing oral health disparities in two vulnerable populations — older homeless adults and refugees.

The featured QualityTools provide oral health resources, including a toolkit and an educational video to assist health professionals working with vulnerable populations.
Featured Innovations:
Featured QualityTools:

 Healthy People 2010 Oral Health Toolkit
Developed by National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research

 Oral Health Exam
Developed by Boston Center for Refugee Health and Human Rights

 Oral Health, Cancer Care, and You
Developed by National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research

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 Blood Thinner Pills: Your Guide to Using Them Safely
Developed by Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

 Community Oriented Correctional Health Services Mapping Arrestee Population Tool (COCHS M.A.P. Tool©)
Developed by Community Oriented Correctional Health Services