Improving Oral Health Access Migrant and Seasonal Workers
1. Cover page Improving Oral Health Access for migrant farmworkers Michigan Primary Care Association July 29, 2008 The mission of the Michigan Primary Care Association is to promote, support, and develop comprehensive, accessible, and affordable quality community-based primary care services to everyone in Michigan.
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Thank you to Dr. Sheila Semler, Michigan Oral Health Program Director, who provided much of the context for this presentation
Community water fluoridation: Only Michigan and GA and AL meet the HP2010 Objectives for community water fluoridation. CDC considers community water fluoridation as one of the top ten greatest achievements in public health of the 20 th century. Two studies conducted by CDC examined the cost-effectiveness of community water fluoridation and the wide benefit of fluoridated water in states that are highly fluoridated to those people living in nonfluoridated communities. Together, the studies continue to show that widespread community water fluoridation prevents cavities and saves money, both for families and the health care system Produced in conjunction with the release of Oral Health in America: A Report of the Surgeon General (May 2000), this fact sheet describes community water fluoridation as an effective, safe, and inexpensive way to prevent tooth decay. This method of fluoride delivery benefits Americans of all ages and socioeconomic status. Most water supplies contain trace amounts of fluoride. Water systems are considered naturally fluoridated when the natural level of fluoride is greater than 0.7 parts per million (ppm). When a water system adjusts the level of fluoride to 0.7–1.2 ppm it is referred to as community water fluoridation. In 1945, Grand Rapids, Michigan, adjusted the fluoride content of their water supply to 1 ppm and became the first city to implement community water fluoridation. Today, approximately 67.3 percent of the U.S. population on public water supplies has access to fluoridated water.
Hispanic National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey Dentistry in Mexico is much different than the U.S. Cultural differences and the regard for dental health are much different.
Anecdotal evidence supplied over nearly four decades by a legion of health care providers and analysts, point to a series of problems which combine to exclude migrant workers from dental and health care. Some of the programs are present among many low-income populations excluded from Medicaid, but what is stiking is how migratory farmwork serves to elevate and intensify their effect, while adding other attributable barriers created by legal status and frequent changes in state residence. In short, classic Medicaid eligibility and enrollment barriers appear to combine with particular force in the case of migrant and seasonal farmworkers. Financial Eligibility Barriers: States have considerable discretion in how they define and count income and resources. Use of monthly budgeting rules and restrictive asset tests are financial eligibility rules that tend to penalize itinerant and fluctuating work income (relatively high in relation to Medicaid eligibility rules one month, and then extremely low in the next month) and that fail to recognize work implements (I.e. tools, a truck) as a permissible asset. Application and enrollment barriers: Inaccessible site locations, long application forms, extensive verification requirements, and limited to no language assistance. Residency barriers: Medicaid is a state based program; state residency requirements, coupled with the problems describe above can lead to nearly insurmountable Medicaid access problems for farmworkers.
An understanding of the of the essential circumstances created by the culture of agricultural labor is critical. For example, the recommended practice to prevent baby bottle tooth decay is to give the baby only water in the bottle, or preferably, to wean the child from the bottle completely. It is often assumed by practitioners that parents fully understand the benefit to the long-term health of the child will offset the days or weeks of crying of an angry baby not willing to give up the bottle. It is important here to have an understanding that practical necessity and cultural expectations may make it either impractical or undesirable for families to comply with the advice of the health care practitioner. Example: Texas – extended family.
Utilization use in one study demonstrated 51% of those surveyed had not sought oral health care in the previous year, citing absence of pain and discomfort as the primary reason. 41% reported seeking oral health care on a yearly basis, while 42% only sought care when in pain. Of this population: 50% reporting bleeding gums; swollen or tender gingiva by 37%, and tooth loss by 49%.
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Telamon Corporation. Head Start requires that every child have a dental exam with 60 days of intake, a requirement very hard for many Head Start Centers to achieve. Migrant and Seasonal Farmworker (MSFW)
Organized dentistry’s unwillingness to allow dental hygienists the professional freedom to treat patients when, where and how it is needed contributes significantly to the access crises. PA 161 ( Explain and state it is not working) (need dentist supervision, can’t directly bill Medicaid, few DDS take Medicaid, DDS do not want the liability , Similar issue to those faced by nursing; Public Health Certificate Model, CDHT (ADA model for community dental health therapist) Medicaid reimbursement does not cover the costs associated with either program. Varnish reimbursement: NV $50, WI $19-24, MI $9. For preventive programs to have sustainability they must be funded at adequate levels. Varnish- Delta Dental $250,000
Health Profession Shortage Areas MI dental licensing survey of 2006 demonstrates that MI will loose over 50% of the dentist work force within 10 years due to retirement or moving out of state. Of those remaining near retirement age, it is expected that the days practicing will be significantly reduced. Preventing Dental Caries Through Community Programs Describes the reduction in tooth decay attributed to community water fluoridation and school-based dental sealant programs and provides examples of states that have implemented effective prevention strategies