New Mexico community voices: Policy reform to reduce oral health disparities Article

cited authors

  • Powell, W; Hollis, C; De La Rosa, M; Helitzer, DL; Derksen, D

fiu authors

abstract

  • Using a socio-ecological framework to guide the initiative, New Mexico Community Voices developed, with state and local stakeholders, responsive oral health policies to address oral health disparities. Several policy objectives were achieved: increasing awareness of the public health importance of oral health; improving access to dental services for uninsured or underserved populations; enhancing dental services specialty care; and increasing sustainable oral health infrastructure through pipeline development of oral health providers to relieve service shortages and diversify the oral health workforce. Improving access to oral health and augmenting numbers of dental providers in rural areas were also successful. The governor has appointed the New Mexico Oral Health Advisory Council to address state oral health issues. The New Mexico partnerships have demonstrated how effective policy change can generate important incremental shifts in oral health care delivery and provide best practice models that diminish the oral health crisis faced by underserved populations.

publication date

  • February 1, 2006

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

start page

  • 95

end page

  • 110

volume

  • 17

issue

  • 1 SUPPL.