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Improving access to oral health care for pregnant women in Pennsylvania: strategies and recommendations

Raygada-Rabanal, Patricia (2017) Improving access to oral health care for pregnant women in Pennsylvania: strategies and recommendations. Master Essay, University of Pittsburgh.

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Optimal oral health care is an integral part of a healthy pregnancy and positive overall health outcomes. Studies on the impact of bad oral health show an association with cardiovascular, respiratory, and other complications. In Pennsylvania, access to oral health care for pregnant women is considered a significant public health challenge. The lack of state guidelines, lack of adequate perinatal oral health care coordination, and insufficient oral health education and dental provider preparedness impact the health of many women in Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Oral Health Initiatives Project, a pilot database, is the result of a collaboration with the Pennsylvania Coalition for Oral Health (PCOH) aiming to identify oral health initiatives in the state and to increase awareness of important stakeholders’ characteristics for the development of future improvement endeavors. Findings indicate a shortage of oral health care resources for pregnant women and highlight the need for more comprehensive management of perinatal health care. In this essay, strategies and recommendations to develop state guidelines, increase partnerships, and integrate oral health needs assessments into the public health system are offered for the improvement of the state’s perinatal oral health care.


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Item Type: Other Thesis, Dissertation, or Long Paper (Master Essay)
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Raygada-Rabanal, Patriciapar75@pitt.eduPAR75
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairBarron, Gerald M.gbarron@pitt.eduGbarronUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberTerry, Martha Annmaterry@pitt.eduMaterryUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberPolk, Deborahdpolk@pitt.eduDpolkUNSPECIFIED
Date: 19 April 2017
Date Type: Submission
Submission Date: 3 April 2017
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 > Health Policy & Management
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master Essay
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Oral, health, perinatal, oral, health, care
Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2017 20:37
Last Modified: 28 Jun 2023 10:56


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