Through a grant funded by the San Francisco Foundation, the Pacific Center for Special Care has developed a policy toolkit for improving oral health for underserved populations.
By engaging partners and stakeholders and forming workgroups, the Pacific Center will use its experience from the past several decades to develop and disseminate background materials and recommendations for legal, regulatory and reimbursement reform needed to improve oral health for underserved populations.
The toolkit will provide background for policymakers and emphasize the importance of developing community-based systems focused on health promotion, prevention, and treatment services. It will also present evidence that these systems can produce better health outcomes per dollar spent than other alternative systems of care. In addition it will provide a rationale and specific, actionable policy recommendations.