Family Access to Dentistry Study (U01)


The study is a multi-site community based trial to evaluate the effectiveness of new referral approaches to increase receipt of dental care among inner-city urban and rural elementary school children grades K-4 who were screened at school and have restorative dental needs. The participating K-4 children will receive a screening at the beginning of the school year and at the study end point 7 months later to determine if the child received dental care.


Primary: To evaluate the effectiveness of experimental (new) versus standard referral approaches given to parents/ caregivers in increasing receipt of dental care among their children in grades K-4

Secondary: To assess changes in parent/caregiver illness representation/perception and behavioral intention between enrollment at the beginning of the school year, 2 weeks into the study and 7 months after the start of the study to understand the underlying mechanism of the new vs. standard referral approach that results in receipt of dental care.

Project Team

Shelly Curtan

Shelley Curtan, MEd

Project Manager and Outreach Staff for Caledonia and Superior


Tashyana Copeland

Tashyana Copeland, BS

Outreach Staff for Mayfair and Superior


Gertrude Mason

Outreach Staff for Chambers