Reducing Sugared Fruit Drinks in Alaska Native Children
U01 Grant, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), 2019-2022
This study focuses on reducing added sugar intake in Alaska Native caregivers and children under age 10 years from 3 Yup’ik communities. There are goals:
- Complete pre- intervention activities and finalize the intervention
- Implement the intervention and assess outcomes
- Identify intervention improvement opportunities and disseminate findings
Developing Topical Fluoride Hesitancy Measures for Causal Modeling and Intervention Research
R01 Grant, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), 2018-2022
This study focuses on caregivers of children under age 18 years. There are three goals:
- Construct a theoretical model of topical fluoride hesitancy/refusal;
- Develop and validate 2 measures – a screening tool to identify fluoride hesitant/refusing parents and a diagnostic instrument to identify the reason(s) for topical fluoride hesitancy/refusal;
- Determine the stability of fluoride hesitancy/refusal behaviors.
Addressing Oral Health Disparities in Medicaid-Enrolled Special Needs Children with Chronic Health Conditions
K08 Grant, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), 2010-2015
This study focuses on Medicaid-enrolled children with chronic health conditions in Iowa. There are three goals:
- Identify the multi-level determinants of access to dental care for Medicaid-enrolled children with a chronic condition using administrative data;
- Evaluate the extent to which behavioral factors are associated with access to dental care for Medicaid-enrolled children with a chronic condition using survey data;
- Assess the relationship between access to dental care and the level of unmet dental need for Medicaid-enrolled children with a chronic condition using clinical data.
Neighborhood Social Capital and Oral Health for Publicly-Insured Adolescents
William T. Grant Foundation Scholars Program, W.T. Grant Foundation, 2013-2018
This study focuses on Medicaid-enrolled adolescents in Oregon. There are two goals:
- Determine the relationship between neighborhood social capital and adolescent oral health for Medicaid enrollees ages 12-17;
- Identify the behavioral and biological mechanisms that mediate the relationship between neighborhood social capital and adolescent oral health.
Dental Care Use for Medicaid-Enrolled Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders in the Iowa I-Smile Project
R40 Grant, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), 2013-2014
This study focuses on Medicaid-enrolled children in Iowa. There are three goals:
- Determine if there are dental home disparities for newly Medicaid-enrolled children with ASDs in I-Smile;
- Identify the child-level, family-level, and geographic factors associated with having a dental home for Medicaid-enrolled children with ASDs;
- Assess dental use and costs related to dental homes for Medicaid-enrolled children with ASDs.
Dental Care Transitions for Adolescents with Special Health Care Needs
American Academy of Pediatrics, Community Access to Child Health (CATCH) Planning Grant, 2012-2014
This study focused on dental care transitions for adolescents with special health care needs in Washington. There were three goals:
- Identify the barriers and facilitators of dental care transitions from parents by conducting focus groups and interviews.
- Document adolescent perspectives on dental care transitions by conducting adolescent-parent dyad interviews.
- Identify the barriers and facilitators of dental care transitions from general dentists and pediatric dentists.
First Preventive Dental Visit: Disparities in Needs, Costs, and Behavioral Insights
RC1 Grant, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), 2009-2010
This study focused on identifying the determinants of preventive dental visits for Medicaid-enrolled children under age 6 years in Iowa.
Korean and English Language Infant Oral Health Education Flipcharts for Caregivers of Korean-American Infants in Washington State
American Dental Association Foundation, Samuel D. Harris Fund for Children's Dental Health Grant, 2011
This study focused on developing and testing an intervention based on culturally-tailored, bilingual oral health educational materials for parents of Korean American infants under age 6 years.