The Oral Health of Vulnerable Older Adults in Connecticut
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The Oral Health of Vulnerable Older Adults in Connecticut

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    The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD), with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has provided Oral Health Opportunity Grants to more than a dozen state health departments over the past several years. The grants are competitively awarded to states that demonstrate a commitment to improving oral health surveillance and increasing access to and use of services intended to improve oral health among older adults.

    One of the primary goals of the NACDD Oral Health Opportunity Grants has been to advance implementation of the Basic Screening Survey (BSS) for older adults. The BSS was developed by the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors (ASTDD), with funding from the CDC, in response to the need for improved data on oral health status and access to dental care. The Oral Health Opportunity Grants have advanced implementation of the BSS by supporting states in their efforts to develop oral heath surveillance plans, pilot the BSS for older adults, and/or conduct a state-wide BSS for older adults.

    In 2012, the Connecticut Department of Community Health Office of Oral Health was awarded a NACDD Oral Health Opportunity Grant to conduct its first BSS for older adults. The BSS was a statewide oral health survey of two population groups: residents of long-term care facilities and adults attending federally subsidized congregate meal sites. The purpose of this survey was to assess the oral health status of two high risk older adult populations in Connecticut that are more vulnerable than the overall older adult population in the state.

    The development of this fact sheet was supported through Cooperative Agreement 1U58DP002759 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Its contents are solely the responsibility of the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors and do not necessarily representthe official views of the CDC.

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