Public Health Approaches to Children’s Oral Health During COVID-19

December 4, 2020
11 AM - 12 PM (PT)


Between March and May of this year, children in Medicaid received over 7 million fewer dental services compared to the same period last year. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced sporadic closures to dental offices and limited community-based options for delivering children’s oral health services. Still, state public health strategies that address children’s oral health in settings such as schools, community health centers and mobile clinics provide options for policymakers to close gaps in care during the pandemic, particularly for vulnerable populations. This webinar will cover research, state policies and national initiatives around public health approaches to maintaining access to children’s oral health services.


  • Erik Skinner, policy associate, NCSL Health Program


  • Dr. Paul Glassman, associate dean for research and engagement, College of Dental Medicine, California North State University
  • Dr. Samuel Zwetchkenbaum, state dental director, Rhode Island Department of Health 
  • Dr. Rhonda Stokley, state public health dental director, Texas Department of Health and Human Services