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Oral Health Equity and Social Determinants of Oral Health

ASTDD Webcast- Addressing the Social Determinants of Oral Health: Local Strategies for a National Discussion: One of the goals of the California Department of Public Health's Oral Health Plan 2018-2028 is to "Improve the health of California by addressing determinants of health and promote healthy habits and population-based prevention interventions to attain healthier status in communities." The purpose of this webcast was: 1) to provide a brief update on California's strategies for addressing the social determinants of oral health, and 2) to present both a local oral health program's and a stakeholder organization's activities related to improving oral health equity in selected California communities. The panel highlighted how these local strategies can be adapted for addressing the social determinants of oral health by a variety of organizations and communities. (October 2020)

Addressing Oral Health Disparities Via Educational Foci on Cultural Competence. Linda S Behar-Horenstein, Rueben C Warren, Virginia J Dodd and Frank A Catalanotto. Am J Public Health. 2017 June; 107(Suppl 1): S18S23.

A Framework for Addressing Social Determinants of Oral Health in the Community. Technical Assistance Brief. Stacey Chazin and June Glover, Center for Health Care Strategies, 2017.

A Practitioner's Guide to Advancing Health Equity. CDC. 2013. This document provides a collection of health equity considerations for policy, systems, and environmental improvement strategies focused on tobacco-free living, healthy food and beverages, and active living.

A Recipe for Health Equity in the 21st Century: Renaisa Anthony at TEDxOmaha (Ted Talk) 2012.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Health Equity Style Guide for the COVID-19 Response

Community Toolbox. Section 5. Addressing Social Determinants of Health and Development. Resources, worksheets and examples.

Dental Health Is Worse in Communities of Color. Jane Koppelman and Rebecca Singer Cohen, Pew Trusts, May 12, 2016.

Framing for Health Equity: Part 1 Cultural Models That Shape Public Thinking. Frameworks Institute. December 6, 2018. YouTube video.

National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) Health Equity Resources

National Coalition of Dentists for Health Equity - Mission: to unite dentists in support of evidence-based, high quality and cost-effective oral health services including disease prevention and treatment and care delivery models.

Oral Health Behaviors and Availability of Dental Services Among Children and Adults - Preventing Chronic Disease. March 2021. This topical issue contains multiple articles.

Oral Health in America: Removing the Stain of Disparity, Treadwell, Henrie M and Evans, Caswell A, eds, APHA. 2019. list price: $30 plus handling (APHA member price: $21).

Policy on Social Determinants of Children's Oral Health and Health Disparities. American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Adopted 2017.

Promoting Health Equity - A Resource to Help Communities Address Social Determinants of Health. Brennan Ramirez LK, Baker EA, Metzler M, CDC, 2008. 116 pg workbook.

Ten Essential Public Health Services and How They Can Include Addressing Social Determinants of Health Inequities. CDC. 2 pgs. This document includes links to relevant examples of SDOH resources and tools.

The Relationship between Income and Oral Health: A Critical Review. A Singh, MA Peres and RG Watt. J Dent Res. May 2019. 15:22034519849557

WHO Oral Health Fact Sheet. Includes statements on oral health inequalities.