Monday Roundtable Luncheon
The aim is to describe progress on processes for development of Public-Private Partnership-based interventions using a health equity approach. The Chicago Public School System (CPS) is the 3rd largest US school district. Approximately 350,000 children attend over 600 schools. The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH)’s School-based Oral Health Program operates in about ¾ of schools providing dental disease prevention services and referrals. Nevertheless, children in many areas have very high urgent dental needs. More background on the initiation of this project can be found at ASTDD Best Practice Approach Reports, Practice #16013, October 2016. The Oral Health Forum (OHF) facilitates collaboration among CDPH and CPS with support by the Otho Sprague Memorial Institute and the DentaQuest Foundation. This presentation provides an update from the 2016 report with the lessons learned in discussion with Round Table participants sharing their experiences. Via the collaboration of Public-Private Partners, the intervention being piloted includes crucial elements for a health equity approach: diagnosing disparities, linking what was learned through a root cause analysis to available resources, and gaining commitment from a variety of stakeholders to implement change. The four main intervention components are: 1) education, 2) screening and prevention, 3) informed parents/caregivers, and 4) case management services. The evaluation component compares oral health outcomes between program children and comparison children. Fostering multi-sector collaboration to improve health outcomes of under-resourced children requires time, flexibility, and willingness to change strategies following community learning and needs.