State Health Workforce Profiles
This site provides data on supply, demand, distribution, education, and use of health professionals.
Estimated numbers of workers indicate the size of the state's health work force. Per capita ratios
facilitate comparisons with other states and the nation.
National Oral Health Surveillance System-NOHSS
This site allows users to view tables, graphs, and maps of oral health indicators by state. Oral health
indicators include dental visits, teeth cleaning, complete tooth loss, fluoridation status, caries
experience, untreated caries, dental sealants, and cancer of the oral cavity and pharynx.
Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System-YRBSS
A yearly survey of high school students, to evaluate their risk behaviors (tobacco and alcohol use, sexual
activity, diet and nutrition, and other health behaviors that are established in high school).
Central Cancer Registry-SCCCR
The SCCCR is a population-based data system that collects cancer incidence (newly diagnosed cases) in South
Carolina. Data in a central cancer registry are used to study trends in how often cancers occur in a defined
area, changes in diagnosis and treatment patterns, and patients' survival rates. Information on cancer
mortality (deaths) is collected by the Division of Vital Records and published by the Division of
Biostatistics within DHEC. Includes the Oral Cancer Registry.
A collection of data gathered from birth and death records, census information, and state health registries.
Interactive tables are created by the user.
Oral Health in
America: A Report of the Surgeon General
On May 25, 2000, Surgeon General David Satcher released Oral Health in America: A Report of the Surgeon
General.ThIS report has helped frame the science on vital health issues in a way that have helped educate,
motivate and mobilize the public to more effectively deal with those issues. In addition to a lack of
awareness of the importance of oral health among the public, the report found a significant disparity
between racial and socioeconomic groups in regards to oral health and ensuing overall health issues. Based
upon these findings, the Surgeon General called for action to promote access to oral health care for all
Americans, especially the disadvantaged and minority children found to be at greatest risk for severe
medical complications resulting from minimal oral care and treatment.
Call To Action To Promote Oral Health
A follow up report to Oral Health in America: A Report of the Surgeon General (2000) that describes how
groups at local, state or regional levels were doing or could do to resolve the issues. U.S. Department of
Health and Human Services. Rockville, MD: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health
Service, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. NIH
Publication No. 03-5303, Spring 2003.
MCHB Meeting: Early Childhood
In addition to a lack of awareness of the importance of oral health among the public, the report found a
significant disparity between racial and socioeconomic groups in regards to oral health and ensuing overall
health issues. Based upon these findings, the Surgeon General called for action to promote access to oral
health care for all Americans, especially the disadvantaged and minority children found to be at greatest
risk for severe medical complications resulting from minimal oral care and treatment.
MCHB Meeting: Dental Sealants
Summary of recommendations by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (Washington, DC) for the use of sealants
to protect molars from decay. Final compiled sealant meeting summary 9-8-06
Healthy People 2010 Report
In 1979, the Office of the Surgeon General released the first Healthy People report, which was updated in
1980 with a series of goals for improving the nation's health by 1990. The goals were updated in 1990 and
2000, and the current document is Healthy People 2010, which lists several hundred objectives for improving
the nation's health. These objectives are broken into 28 focus areas, including sections on Oral Health,
Maternal and Child Health, Tobacco Use, and HIV/STD Prevention. Chapter 21 focuses on oral health
Faces in Beautiful
Places Final Report (pdf)
The "More Smiling Faces in Beautiful Places" program was funded by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson
Foundation. The program successfully increased access of oral health care by Medicaid recipients and
children with special health care needs.
State Plan for Action: CSHCN (not yet available)
State Plan for Children With Special Health Care Needs
Catalyzing Improvements in Oral
Health Care: Best
Practices from the State Action for Oral Health Access Initiative (pdf)
The State Action for Oral Health Access initiative, launched in 2002 by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation,
was designed to address the disparities in access to dental services for low-income children and adults. The
initiative, managed by CHCS, funded six states - Arizona, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South
Carolina, and Vermont - to develop programs to improve the oral health delivery system. This report
highlights the successes, challenges, and results of these state efforts to eliminate disparities in oral
health care and improve the lives of millions of Americans.