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Research Overview

Appalachia has the largest burden of oral health problems per capita in the United States.  Furthermore, health disparities in oral health outcomes resulting from differences in socioeconomic status occur.  The goal of the Center is to identify factors that lead to oral health disparities in children and families in Appalachia.  These factors may include oral health, genes, microbes, behavior, family interactions, or community characteristics.  See our Conceptual Model.  Our primary study is examining these factors in a sample of 500 families followed for five years.  See our Study Design.  Our long term goal is to identify targets for interventions and create effective interventions to reduce oral health disparities in this population.

Project Objectives

We plan to:

  • Identify how the factors relate to oral health status and oral health-related behaviors.
  • Examine how families moderate these relationships.
  • Examine how children enter life course health trajectories.

Project Support and Collaborators

This Center was initially formed in 2002 with funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH / NIDCR R01-DE014899).  Additional support comes from the NIDCR and the MacArthur Research Network on Socioeconomic Status and Health.  The Center represents a collaboration among people from several sites, including:

Project Status

We have already enrolled close to 2600 participants. The individuals in the study are from Nicholas and Webster counties in West Virginia; McKean, Washington and Allegheny counties in Pennsylvania.

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