PARTNERSHIPS & COMMUNITY
We are implementing on-the-ground solutions—using telehealth, new technologies, and a broad and diverse team of community providers—to bring dental care to children where they are, such as in schools, Head Start sites, and even at home. Working with our community partners, we educate families about their children’s dental benefits and how to get care.
We are raising awareness of the importance of good oral health and early preventive dental care for children, by working with local and state coalitions and partners to identify and promote policy solutions with decision-makers.
BRIGHT SMILE FOR A BRIGHT FUTURE: ORAL HEALTH FOR CALIFORNIA’S CHILDREN
Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease in children, with the greatest burden of oral health issues falling on historically marginalized communities of color and immigrant families.
We partnered with the Latino Coalition for a Healthy California to create a two-page fact sheet that includes information to parents and families on why protecting the oral health of their children is important for their well-being and their future. We also share critical resources around accessing dental coverage through Medi-Cal and Covered California. Our fact sheet gives parents quick and easy tools to prevent tooth decay in their kids. Click below to access the fact sheet in either English or Spanish.
Help us uplift the content of this fact sheet to reach more parents and families by using our social media toolkit! Click here to access the toolkit.
RACIAL JUSTICE IN CHILDREN’S ORAL HEALTH
In honor of National Children’s Oral Health Month, The Children’s Partnership (TCP) reaffirms our commitment to advancing race equity in all forms of health care, including oral health. Systemic racism is a root cause of children’s health inequities and must be centered in our health policy conversations. Our new blog explores the ways systemic racism shapes oral health inequities with recommendations and resources to help address it.
Good oral health is linked to long-term overall health and academic opportunity, however, caries–or tooth decay–remain the most common chronic disease among children in the United States, despite being preventable. In California, tooth decay is a significant public health problem, especially for young children. By the third grade, six in 10 children (61 percent) have experienced tooth decay and one in five children (22 percent) have untreated tooth decay.
ALL IN FOR HEALTH: GET CARE FLYER
Now that more families than ever have health coverage, help educate them about the importance of getting routine preventive care. Available in both English and Spanish. A customizable Get Care Flyer is available to add in local information.