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SPNS Initiative: Innovations in Oral Health Care, 2006-2011

Background

The Special Projects of National Significance (SPNS) Innovations in Oral Health Care Initiative funded 15 demonstration sites for five years to develop innovative models of care providing oral health care services to underserved populations living with HIV in both urban and non-urban settings. Despite the importance of access to quality oral health care, large numbers of people with HIV reportedly have unmet oral health care needs. Inadequate oral health care can undermine success of HIV treatment regimens as well as diminish quality of life for those living with HIV. The demonstration sites for this initiative provided comprehensive oral health care services to HIV-positive clients and developed individualized treatment plans for each patient receiving service. The demonstration sites also participated in a multi-site evaluation conducted by the Health and Disability Working Group at Boston University, which served as the Evaluation Center for this initiative.

Demonstration project grant recipients included:  AIDS Care Group (Chester, PA); AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin (Milwaukee, WI); Community Health Center (Norwalk, CT); Harbor Health Services (Mattapan, MA); HIV Alliance of Lane County (Eugene, OR); Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge, LA); Lutheran Medical Center (Brooklyn, NY); Montefiore Medical Center (Bronx, NY); Native American Health Center (San Francisco, CA); Sandhills Medical Foundation (McBee, SC); Special Health Resources for Texas (Longview, TX); St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center (New York, NY); University of Miami School of Medicine (Miami, FL); University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; and Tenderloin Health (San Francisco, CA).

Read more about the Innovations in Oral Health Care Initiative.

Journal Articles

Bachman SS, Abel SN, & Reznik DA.  New approaches to oral health care for people living with HIV/AIDS. Public Health Reports, May 2012; 127 (Supplement 2): 3-4. No abstract available.

Fox JE, Tobias CR, Bachman SS, Reznik DA, Rajabiun S, & Verdecias N.  Increasing access to oral health care for people living with HIV/AIDS in the U.S.: baseline evaluation results of the Innovations in Oral Health Care Initiative. Public Health Reports, May 2012; 127 (Supplement 2): 5-16. PubMed Abstract

Jeanty Y, Cardenas G, Fox JE, Pereyra M, Diaz C, Bednarsh H, Reznik DA, Abel SN, Bachman SS, & Metsch LR. Correlates of Unmet Dental Care Need Among HIV Positive People Since Being Diagnosed with HIV.  Public Health Reports, May 2012; 127 (Supplement 2): 17-24. PubMed Abstract

Walter AW, Bachman SS, Reznik DA, Cabral H, Umez-Eronini A, Nath A, Flournoy MW, Young NS. Methamphetamine use and dental problems among adults enrolled in a program to increase access to oral health services for people living with HIV/AIDS. Public Health Reports, May 2012; 127 (Supplement 2): 25-35. PubMed Abstract

Singer R, Cardenas G, Xavier J, Jeanty Y, Pereyra M, Rodriguez A & Metsch LR. Assessment of Dental Anxiety and the Use of Oral Health Services Among People Attending Two HIV Primary Care Clinics. Public Health Reports, May 2012; 127 (Supplement 2): 36-44. PubMed Abstract

Tobias CR, Fox JE, Walter AW, Lemay CA, & Abel SN. Retention of people living with HIV/AIDS in oral health care. Public Health Reports, May 2012; 127 (Supplement 2): 45-54. PubMed Abstract

Bachman SS, Walter AW, & Umez-Eronini A. Access to oral health care and self-reported health status among low-income adults living with HIV/AIDS. Public Health Reports, May 2012; 127 (Supplement 2): 55-64. PubMed Abstract

Jones J, Mofidi M, Bednarsh H, Gambrell A, & Tobias CR. Increasing access to oral health care for people living with HIV/AIDS in rural Oregon. Public Health Reports, May 2012; 127 (Supplement 2): 65-72. PubMed Abstract

Rajabiun S, Fox JE, McCluskey A, Guevara E, Verdecias N, Jeanty Y, DeMayo M, & Mofidi M. Patient perspectives on improving oral health-care practices among people living with HIV/AIDS. Public Health Reports, May 2012; 127 (Supplement 2): 73-81. PubMed Abstract

Bednarsh H, Reznik DA, & Tobias CR. Financing oral health care for low-income adults living with HIV/AIDS. Public Health Reports, May 2012; 127 (Supplement 2): 82-86. PubMed Abstract

Rajabiun S, Bachman SS, Fox JE, Tobias C, & Bednarsh H. A typology of models for expanding access to oral health care for people living with HIV/AIDS. Journal of Public Health Dentistry, Summer 2011; 71(3): 212-219.  PubMed Abstract

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SPNS Staff

Adan Cajina
Branch Chief
acajina@hrsa.gov
301-443-3180

Pamela Belton
Public Health Analyst
pbelton@hrsa.gov
301-443-4461

Renetta Boyd
Public Health Analyst
rboyd@hrsa.gov
301-443-4549

Johanna Goderre
Health Scientist
JGoderreJones@hrsa.gov
301-443-7874

John Hannay
Public Health Analyst
jhannay@hrsa.gov
301-443-0678

Chau Nguyen
Public Health Analyst
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301-443-5785

Natalie Solomon
Public Health Analyst
nsolomon@hrsa.gov
301-443-7753

Melinda Tinsley
Public Health Analyst
mtinsley1@hrsa.gov
301-443-3496

Jessica Xavier
Health Scientist
jxavier@hrsa.gov
301-443-0833