Although many people have recognized the value of a comprehensive safety net dental clinic manual, it was the vision of the Ohio Department of Health's Bureau of Oral Health Services that brought it to being. Such an ambitious undertaking required a partnership among agencies and individuals that shared the vision and were willing to roll up their sleeves to make it happen. Therefore, this manual was a collaboration between the Ohio Department of Health, the Indian Health Service, and the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors.
Dr. Mark Siegal served as project director.
Ms. Beverly Isman was primary editor and project manager.
The primary authors of the manual are Drs. John Neale, R. Frank Martin, Jay Balzer and Mark Siegal, and Ms. Cathy Raymond and Beverly Isman.
The development of this manual was supported by the federal Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Health Services and Resources Administration, through Ohio's Title V Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Services Block Grant (Grant Number: 6 B04 MC 00312-06 Q4) and Community Integrated Services Systems Grants (Grant Numbers: 5 H47 MC 00011-03-01 and 6 H47 MC 00011-04-01) as well as through a cooperative agreement with the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors (Contract Number: 5U93 MC 0017703). Special thanks to Dr. John Rossetti, who as Chief Dental Officer for the federal MCH Bureau, for providing his valuable assistance to the project.
The project benefited greatly from the vision of Dr. Mary Beth Kinney and the dental clinic operations experience of the Indian Health Service, which helped support this project through contracts. Dr. Kinney also provided valuable graphical consultation.
The original Web site was developed by TraCorp, Phoenix, Arizona. The National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center hosts the Web site and provides maintenance. The content is updated periodically by the authors.
In addition, other significant contributions were integral to the successful completion of this manual, including the sharing of policy and procedure manuals by other agencies, organizations and companies.