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Parents and Baby

Evaluation of Healthy Kids Dental

To address longstanding problems of low utilization of dental services among Medicaid-enrolled children, the Michigan Medicaid program implemented the innovative Healthy Kids Dental program in 2000. The objective of the study was to understand the impact of Healthy Kids Dental on children’s access to dental care, including rates of preventive dental care; and to determine whether children with Healthy Kids Dental coverage are establishing dental homes.

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Featured Faculty

Susan Woolford, M.D., M.P.H.

Susan J. Woolford, M.D., M.P.H.

Dr. Woolford's clinical and research interests focus on behavioral interventions in the clinical setting for the treatment of obesity, particularly for severely obese adolescents.  Her research explores the delivery of weight management interventions and outcomes from multidisciplinary obesity care.  In particular, Dr. Woolford's work focuses on the use of communications technology to enhance patient engagement and adherence to treatment recommendations.  
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Research from the National Poll on Children's Health

Top 10 Child Health Problems: More Concern for Sexting, Internet Safety

In this year’s ninth annual survey of top health concerns, adults rate childhood obesity, bullying, and drug abuse as the top health concerns for kids across the U.S.  From 2014 to this year, Internet safety increased as a concern for children’s health. The perception of Internet safety as a major concern, along with rising concerns about sexting for children’s health, reflect growing public perception that youth access to the media environment in 2015 includes risks that worry many members of the public.

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