The University of Washington and Advantage Dental
Connecting Low-income Mothers and Children to Comprehensive Dental Care
“We’re trying to use health care algorithms and risk assessments to use resources wisely. We’re making sure people are connected to a care system, so that care is not a one-off, and we’re doing it with highly trained people incentivized to do it right.”
–Peter Milgrom, DDS, principal investigator
Professor, University of Washington
Click here for an interview with Dr. Milgrom about what his team has learned so far.
Click here to contact Dr. Milgrom about this project.
Low-income mothers and children in Oregon have low rates of dental care, and rates of tooth decay in young children are higher than the national average. Advantage Dental, a cooperatively owned dental care network, is changing its payment and delivery model in order to extend service to disdvantaged mothers and children in rural areas.
- University of Washington Northwest Center to Reduce Oral Health Disparities
- Advantage Dental Services (owned by Advantage Community Holding Company, LLC)
Oregon is one of two states with the lowest dental care utilization rates in the nation. Only 10 percent of Medicaid/CHIP-enrolled children in Oregon receive the recommended dental care visit when they turn 1 year old, and only 39% of Oregon Health Plan-eligible children and 43% of eligible pregnant women received any form of preventive dental service in 2014.