National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center


National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center


The purpose of the National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center (OHRC) is to respond to the needs of States and communities in addressing current and emerging public oral health issues. OHRC supports health professionals, program administrators, educators, policymakers, and others with the goal of improving oral health services for infants, children, adolescents, and their families. The resource center collaborates with Federal, State, and local agencies; national and State organizations and associations; and foundations to gather, develop, and share quality and valued information and materials.

The OHRC provides a variety of services, including the following:

  • Collecting programmatic materials such as standards, guidelines, curricula, teaching guides, manuals, policies, and reports, and sharing information about their availability
  • Maintaining an online database of projects funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration/Maternal and Child Health Bureau (HRSA/MCHB) (e.g., infrastructure-capacity projects, research projects, pediatric dentistry training projects)
  • Responding to information requests on topics such as early childhood caries, dental sealants, fluoride varnish, and access to and reimbursement for oral health services
  • Developing and disseminating materials such as fact sheets, tip sheets, briefs, resource bulletins, resource guides, manuals, conference proceedings, and curricula in print and electronic formats
  • Maintaining a Web site that offers online access to current information and materials, links to other maternal and child health and oral health Web sites, and an extensive resource database
  • Collaborating with organizations and other HRSA/MCHB-supported projects
  • Presenting and exhibiting at national and regional conferences to increase awareness of oral health issues and to promote access to information and materials


Georgetown University; Maternal and Child Health Bureau-Health Resources and Services Administration

Funding Sources:

Maternal and Child Health Bureau-Health Resources and Services Administration


Release Date: 2004
Review Date: 2008
Recent Summary: March 2008
Original Summary: April 2004
Last Updated: 05/19/08

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