The Institute of Medicine (IOM) recently announced two major studies on the oral health care system in the United States will be conducted over the next two years.
The first, "Study on an Oral Health Initiative," is sponsored by the Health Resources & Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS). It will assess the current oral health care system in the United States, examining preventive oral care interventions, their use and promotion, and ways of improving health literacy for oral health. The study will also review elements of a potential DHHS oral health initiative, including possible or current regulations, statutes, programs, research, data, financing, and policy and will recommend actions for DHHS agencies and others. The committee for the study is chaired by Dr. Richard D. Krugman, University of Colorado Denver. Read the biographies of other committee members.
The second study, "Study on Oral Health Access to Services," was proposed by the National Research Council (NRC) and the IOM in collaboration with the Board on Children, Youth, and Families and the Board on Health Care Services. "Study on Oral Health Access to Services" will assess the current U.S. oral health system of care by exploring its strengths, weaknesses, and future challenges. Through assessment, the study will describe a desired vision for the oral health care system and recommend strategies to achieve it. The project will examine issues that affect underserved populations most vulnerable to oral disease and the public and private safety net providers who serve them by focusing on the provision of oral health services to women and children. The study is sponsored by the DHHS and California HealthCare Foundation. The committee for this study is chaired by Dr. Frederick P. Rivara, University of Washington School of Medicine. Read the biographies of other committee members.