Resources and Reports
Three Missouri foundations earlier this year launched an initiative to assess oral health conditions in Missouri and the impediments to improving oral health for the state’s population. The Healthcare Foundation of Greater Kansas City, the Missouri Foundation for Health and the REACH Healthcare Foundation undertook an in-depth examination of the state’s oral health, released this week in a landscape study, “Oral Health in Missouri.” The foundations will use the information to guide oral health program and policy recommendations and future foundation funding decisions.
Reliable, comprehensive data documenting the oral health status of the Missouri population are difficult to obtain. There is no all-inclusive surveillance system for the state that routinely collects, analyzes and reports data on either the incidence of oral disease, or the utilization of services for prevention and/or restorative treatment. The oral health landscape report examines access to services, workforce availability, participation in Medicaid, water fluoridation and other issues.