Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Health, Human Services and Public Policy


Collaborative Health and Human Services


The Local Oral Health Program is a chronic disease prevention program focusing on providing educational workshops to parents who have children enrolled in schools with rates of 80% or higher of free or reduced lunch. Studies and surveys have revealed that low-income children have more cavities than those children in moderate and high-income families and they are not being addressed. The purpose of this project is to assess the effectiveness of the Oral Health Program which provides parents with educational workshops regarding dental services, government assistance, oral hygiene, and nutritional information. Post-surveys were distributed and collected after each workshop by the program intern and then evaluated collectively. Over 60% of the participants reported that they learned a lot regarding oral health and hygiene. Participants also stated that they would like these workshops to be reoccurring. Recommendations for the program include the development of an online resource guide that includes access to online informational resources about topics discussed in the workshops.