Pennsylvania’s Dental Health Initiative

In the fall of 2011 Pennsylvania’s Healthy Smiles, Happy Children: A Dental Home for Every Child Oral Health Initiative was awarded funding through the Office of Head Start’s Dental Home Initiative (DHI).

These are the objectives of Pennsylvania’s DHI’s work.  This funding is primarily focussed connecting Head Start’s with oral health providers to create dental homes for Head Start children.

Objective #1 Increase the number of Head Start/Early Head Start children that are up-to-date on required follow-up dental treatment.

Objective #2 Increase the Number of pediatric dentists and general dentists who serve infants, toddlers, and children through age 5.

Objective #3 Enhance Head Start staff knowledge of sound oral health and nutrition practices.