Since March 2015, TBHC has been working with community partners to understand the state of oral health in our region. Nearly 1,000 surveys were collected and six focus groups were held in the first year. While the results weren’t necessarily surprising, they did add to our understanding about the multitude of challenges that community residents often face when trying to obtain care. These findings were shared with the community at the February Planning Session. Attendees were then asked to recommend and prioritize strategies to create systems change in: policy, financing, care and community.
We are still seeking survey responses to gain more insight and perspective to the attitudes and beliefs on oral health in the community. As a social service provider, you have a unique ability to be with our community members and hear directly from them. If you have not yet personally responded to our survey, please provide your feedback through our Social Service Provider Oral Health Survey.
Through support from Allegany Franciscan Ministries as part of the Common Good Initiative in Wimauma, the Collaborative has been able to administer additional surveys to Wimauma residents and service providers. We will analyze the additional data collected and share it with Wimauma residents. This information will inform our work and hopefully lead to recommendations for service coordination.
Our team attended the Oral Health 2020 National Gathering in Phoenix last month with over 400 fellow oral health stakeholders. We will share more information on that in the near future. We are steadfast in continuing on with this work to reduce oral health disparities and improve oral health outcomes in our community.