Capstone Project (Open Access)
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Health, Human Services and Public Policy
Collaborative Health and Human Services
The Monterey County Oral Health Program is a program of the Monterey County Health Department housed under the Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention Unit. The Oral Health Program focuses on providing educational workshops to parents and classroom presentations to Kindergarten and first graders students. They provide services to schools that have a rate of 80% or higher of students enrolled in Free or Reduced-Price meals (FRPM). Studies show that minority students with low socioeconomic status (SES) have higher rates of untreated cavities in their primary teeth than non-Hispanic White students. The purpose of this project is to provide and educate low-income families on where and who can help them get services to enroll for Medi-Cal, get transportation, or obtain a translator to obtain dental care. The intern was responsible for creating two videos with voiceovers. Those videos are in both English and Spanish and pamphlets with QR codes direct people to the video to make the materials accessible for individuals who have low literacy. The Oral Health program should partner with more school districts and clinics that accept Medi-Cal and provide them with information about assessing dental services.
Barron, Carmen, "Support Families’ Increased Access to Dental Care" (2023). Capstone Projects and Master's Theses. 1608.