Oral, dental, and craniofacial conditions remain among the most common health problems for low-income, racial/ethnic minority, disadvantaged, disabled, immunocompromised and institutionalized individuals across the life span. Dental caries, periodontal disease, and oral and pharyngeal cancer are of particular concern.
The Health Disparities Research Program supports studies that:
- provide a better understanding of the basis of oral health disparities and inequities;
- develop and test interventions tailored/targeted to underserved populations;
- seek to understand a broadened array of determinants of disparities/inequities in oral health status and care at multiple levels;
- take a holistic, social ecological, multi-level interventional approach designed to have a meaningful impact on oral health status and quality of life of vulnerable and underserved populations