Lawrence Oral Health Initiative

Dates: 2010

State: Massachusetts

Client(s): Lawrence Oral Health Initiative

Service: Health Care & Public Health Planning

The Lawrence Oral Health Initiative contracted JSI to conduct focus groups with parents to learn more about children's oral health and behaviors. The Lawrence Oral Health Initiative (LOHI) is a project of the Northeast Center for Healthy Communities, a program of the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center. The LOHI is a group of individuals and organizations that have come together to improve the oral health of people living in Lawrence. The group presently includes representatives from the Lawrence Public Schools, the City of Lawrence, the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center, the YWCA, BU School of Dental Medicine, and local dental practices.

JSI conducted two focus groups, one in English and one in Spanish with an average of eight parents per group. Through the focus groups the LOHI wants to learn about parents' experiences with their children's teeth and gums and with visiting dentists. The LOHI will utilize the findings to promote oral health for children and to improve communication between dental and other health professionals and parents regarding oral health in Lawrence.