Dental, Oral and Craniofacial Data Resource Center Established
To respond to the changing oral health needs and
disease trends in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has joined with the
National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) in awarding
a 5-year, $3.7 million contract to fund a data resource center. The
contract was awarded to ROW Sciences in Rockville, Md., in August.
The primary function of the Dental, Oral and Craniofacial Data Resource
Center will be to assemble data and other information needed to support
research, program evaluation, and policy development at NIDCR, CDC, and
other Public Health Service (PHS) agencies.
"We are delighted to co-fund this center with the CDC," said
Dr. Dushanka V. Kleinman, NIDCR deputy director. "This center will
provide us with an essential resource to document and facilitate access to
specific data bases related to oral, dental, and craniofacial health. In
addition, routine analyses and reports will permit us to monitor the nationís
burden of disease and take appropriate actions."
One of the centerís major tasks is to generate a catalogue of all
existing databases that provide information on dental, oral, and
craniofacial health, disease, health personnel, and health care utilization
While initial efforts will concentrate on acquiring and preparing
national data sets for analytic purposes, attention also will be given to
determining how state and local data or data from specific populations can
be included. Future plans also include the development of a Web-based query
"Having these data more readily available and accessible will show
how states and the nation are progressing in meeting the nationís Health
People 2010 objectives," said William R. Maas, DDS, director of CDCís
Division of Oral Health and PHS Chief Dental Officer. The center will
extend our capacity to utilize such data to help guide development of a
National Oral Health Plan, outlined in the recent Surgeon Generalís
Report: Oral Health in America."
Other responsibilities of the center include developing an archive of
clinical indices, procedures, methods, and biomarkers used in oral health
surveys, producing an annual report of health statistics and health care
costs; and developing the capacity to assess the knowledge, opinions and
practices of educators, practitioners, and the public regarding disease
prevention and health promotion activities.
The center will be located in Rockville, Md., and will operate with
guidance from oversight and advisory committees representing the various
communities of interest.
- NIDCR is part of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md. For
more information on visit http://ww.nidcr.nih.gov.
Page last reviewed: June 1, 2007
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