Open Access Senior Thesis
Bachelor of Arts
The importance of oral health has been largely neglected from the conventional standards of healthcare in terms of public understanding & prioritization, the industrial infrastructure, and the scope of prevention & early-intervention services. Its adjunctive locus to the field of medicine has lead to the bifurcation of the oral cavity from the rest of the human body. As a result of this divide, there have been multiple factors that have allowed socially stratified oral health outcomes to manifest. This thesis examines the determinants of oral health disparities through a multidisciplinary lens (i.e. biology, public policy, infrastructure), and offers evidence of an adaptable public health intervention to shape public policy recommendations that can remedy the downstream effects of oral health inequity in the state of California and beyond.
Chintapalli, Aparna, "Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is: Reforming Organized Dentistry to Address Persistent Oral Health Disparities in the U.S." (2019). Pomona Senior Theses. 230.
Biology Commons, Community-Based Learning Commons, Community-Based Research Commons, Dental Public Health and Education Commons, Developmental Biology Commons, Health Policy Commons, Medicine and Health Commons, Oral Biology and Oral Pathology Commons, Policy Design, Analysis, and Evaluation Commons, Policy History, Theory, and Methods Commons, Public Affairs Commons, Public Health Commons, Public Policy Commons, Social Policy Commons, Social Welfare Commons