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Providing oral health education to underserved populations in community centers

Malik, Hina (2014) Providing oral health education to underserved populations in community centers. Master Essay, University of Pittsburgh.

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Almost more than a decade ago, the Surgeon General of the United States released a report on oral health disparities existing in the United States’ underserved populations. Low-income populations face high rates of untreated dental diseases due to low access to dental treatment. The barriers underserved communities experience are poor distribution of dentists, lack of participating dentists in government insurance, and transportation problems. Different age groups deal with dental diseases that progress over time leading to poor oral health and quality of life. The most common oral diseases that manifest in underserved populations are dental caries and periodontal diseases. Untreated oral diseases are often seen in low-income communities and are preventable through public health prevention programs and dental safety nets. The literature review examines the barriers to accessing oral health care in the United States and preventive community oral health based services, such as dental treatment and education distributed in underserved communities. Along with the literature review, a project of an oral health needs assessment was done for three community centers around the Pittsburgh, PA area. The needs assessment was administered to find what community center managers need for their clients in regard to oral health. The interviews provided information about what the staff were delivering to their clients in regards to educational material. After analyzing the interviews, all three educational curriculums were in dire need of an update, both in the content and the format. The materials will allow their personnel to effectively promote prevention of oral health diseases amongst the underserved communities.


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Item Type: Other Thesis, Dissertation, or Long Paper (Master Essay)
Status: Unpublished
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Malik, Hina
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairTerry, Marthamaterry@pitt.eduMATERRYUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberPolk, Deborahdpolk@pitt.eduDPOLKUNSPECIFIED
Date: 23 April 2014
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Public Health > Behavioral and Community Health Sciences
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master Essay
Refereed: Yes
Date Deposited: 27 May 2015 23:23
Last Modified: 28 Jun 2023 10:56


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