Dr. Brandy Lipton, assistant professor of health management and policy at San Diego State University Graduate School of Public Health, has received funding from the William T. Grant Foundation for calendar year 2018 to study the effects of improving access to dental care among parents on dental visits and related outcomes among children. This analysis will leverage state-level changes to Medicaid adult dental coverage policies over time, which previous research implies are associated adult dental care use.
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Similar to other types of health care, dental care exhibits large socioeconomic disparities among children. Parental dental coverage through Medicaid may present a new mechanism for reducing these disparities. Further, findings could inform policies that affect low-income children and their families by helping to establish a direct connection between parental and child health behaviors.
The funding amount is $42,916.