Monday, December 7, 2020

Partners Collect and Share Promising Pandemic Practices

The Colorado Community Health Network (CCHN) and the Oral Health Unit (OHU) at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment brought safety net partners together to collect and share promising practices in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Colorado COVID Safety Net Dental Response Project promising practices cover three focus areas: 

  • Processes and communications to support priority populations

  • Provision of care and treatment planning for priority populations

  • Ensuring access and alternative service sites for priority populations 

The suspension of elective and nonemergency care during the first COVID-19 wave necessarily impacted dental care to a greater degree than other kinds of health care. For example, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service reported that there was nearly a 70% drop in children receiving dental services during the shutdown. Other healthcare services to children did not decline as significantly. Recent data in Colorado indicate that the dental safety net remains at significantly lower capacity and is rebounding more slowly than private dental practices and other healthcare services.

Both CCHN and OHU will make regular updates to the compilation. New promising practices or feedback on the existing information can be sent to Kate Kennedy from CCHN, CCHN and OHU would like to thank all the individuals and organizations that contributed to this project. Funding from the state of Colorado and federal funds supported the gathering of these practices.

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