Leading Chicago Children to Oral Health Improvement: A Health Equity Approach Case Story

By Alejandra Valencia, The Oral Health Forum


The Oral Health Forum (OHF) in collaboration with the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the Chicago Public School System (CPS) developed an intervention to address the increased number of children with urgent dental care needs in a specific area of Chicago. The intervention included elements crucial to a health equity approach such as: 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.

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