UR CTSI Funding Leads to New Grant for Childhood Tooth Decay Prevention App

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A group of researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) are developing a smartphone app to help parents in under-resourced communities detect severe tooth decay in their kids with the help of a new NIH grant. The idea to leverage smartphones came directly from the community through a Community-Based Participatory Research Pipeline-to-Pilot project funded by the University of Rochester Clinical and Translational Science Institute (UR CTSI).

As part of the 2018 pilot project, the researchers and their community partners conducted focus groups and in-depth interviews with low-income moms in Rochester, NY to better understand the barriers they face to prenatal dental health.

CTSA Program In Action Goals
Goal 2: Engage Patients and Communities in Every Phase of the Translational Process
Goal 5: Advance the Use of Cutting-Edge Informatics