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Oral health literacy featured in December CDA Journal

A unique look at how dentistry plays a critical role in health literacy and health equity

December 01, 2021 496

Sacramento, Calif. – The December 2021 issue of the Journal of the California Dental Association takes a unique look at how oral health organizations play a critical role in health literacy and health equity. Articles provide a multilevel view of organizational health literacy and explore the impact on oral health of legal requirements to provide language access services to people with limited English proficiency. An overview of a collaboration between UCLA and Sesame Street to improve children’s health is also presented.

“This Journal issue offers rich perspectives on the intersection of health literacy, health equity and oral health, along with concrete action steps and useful resources our readers can use to effect change in their practices and organizations,” said Kerry K. Carney, DDS, editor-in-chief of the CDA Journal.

Articles in this issue include:

  • “More Than Words: Reframing Our Approach to Oral Health Literacy” by Lindsey A. Robinson, DDS, and Nicole Holland, DDS, MS.
  • “Organizational Health Literacy in Oral Health: A Multilevel Perspective” by Lindsay Rosenfeld, ScD, ScM; Kathryn Atchison DDS, MPH; Nicole Holland, DDS, MS; Kelly Cantor, MPH, CHES; and Lindsey A. Robinson, DDS.
  • “A Historical Overview of Language Access in Dentistry: The Impact of Language Access Protections on Oral Health Care” by Nicole Holland, DDS, MS.
  • “Oral Health Literacy Framework: The Pathway to Improved Oral Health” by Francisco Ramos-Gomez, DDS, MS, MPH, and Tamanna Tiwari, MPH, MDS, BDS.
  • “UCLA-Sesame Street Collaboration To Improve Children’s Oral Health” by James J. Crall, DDS, ScD; David Cohen, Sofia Polo, MPH; and Sylvia Rusnak, PhD.
  • “Innovative Health Literacy Strategy Advances Health Equity: Perspectives of the Cambridge Health Alliance Past and Present Department Chiefs” by Ryan S. Lee, DDS, MPH, MHA, and Brian J. Swann, DDS, MPH.

The Journal of the California Dental Association is an award-winning peer-reviewed scientific publication that keeps dentists up to date about scientific advances, business management strategies and new products.

About the California Dental Association
The California Dental Association is the nonprofit organization representing organized dentistry in California. Founded in 1870, CDA is committed to the success of our members in service to their patients and the public. CDA also contributes to the oral health of Californians through various comprehensive programs and advocacy. CDA’s membership consists of more than 27,000 dentists, making it the largest constituent of the American Dental Association. For more information, visit 

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