Phased Strategies for Reducing the Barriers to Dental Care
Research tells us that nearly 10 million Californians — including low-income children, the elderly and people with disabilities — face barriers to accessing the dental care they need. Barriers are multi-factorial, influenced by economics, culture, education and geography – a complex problem with no single solution.
The California Dental Association is proactively addressing the problem to improve access to care through nearly a decade of work and numerous evidence-based studies. Our report, Phased Strategies for Reducing the Barriers to Dental Care in California, outlines a 3-phase approach, each with multiple recommendations:
- Establish State Oral Health Leadership and Optimize Existing Resources (years 1-3)
- Focus on Prevention and Early Intervention for Children (years 3-5)
- Innovate the Dental Delivery System to Expand Capacity (years 4-7)
These strategies serve as a framework to guide CDA’s efforts to find solutions that ensure underserved Californians are able to access the oral health care services they need and deserve.