Leveraging Title V Partnerships to Advance National Performance Measure # 15: Adequate Health Insurance

The Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) encourages state Title V programs to partner with families, consumer groups, and others to advance their chosen National Performance Measures (NPMs). As the MCHB-funded national center for health insurance and financing of care, the Catalyst Center researches and disseminates state-level financing strategies aimed at improving health insurance coverage for children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN). Our work aligns with NPM #15: “Adequate Insurance Coverage: percent of children ages 0 through 17 who are adequately insured.” This policy brief describes Title V, family leader organization, and Medicaid partnerships that can help states make progress on improving access to adequate insurance for CYSHCN.

SPNS IHIP Oral Health Webinar. “Healthy Mouth, Healthy Body”

This Webinar provides an overview of common oral health barriers for people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) and the importance of overcoming these barriers. It will also share some of the ways HRSA has helped link PLWHA to oral health care, including the SPNS Oral Health Initiative.

Healthy Mouth, Healthy Body is webinar #1 in a series titled Innovations in Oral Health Care that shares findings from the SPNS Oral Health Initiative. Slides and webinar recordings for the other two webinars in the series are available on the HRSA iHiP (Integrating HIV Innovative Practices) website:

Correlates of Unmet Dental Care Need among HIV-Positive Persons since Being Diagnosed with HIV

This article appeared in Public Health Reports 2012 Supplement 2. It describes a study in which the characteristics of people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) who reported unmet oral health needs since testing positive were analyzed and compared to characteristics of people reporting no unmet health needs. Barriers to accessing oral health care for PLWHA were also identified.