In 1994, the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors (ASTDD – an affiliate of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officers, ASTHO) originated the annual Synopses of Dental Programs as a way to share information among dental directors and partners. The Synopses described program activities and successes and the challenges that programs faced during the previous year. In 1997, ASTDD changed the format to a more structured questionnaire. Since 1998, cooperative agreements between ASTDD and CDC have supported display of portions of ASTDD’s Synopses data on the CDC website.
The data source for this dataset is ASTDD Synopses and the data from the five most recent Synopses (2011-2015) are displayed. The ASTDD Data Committee develops and pilot-tests the questionnaire each year. The Synopses questionnaire is sent by e-mail to the directors of dental programs in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and to US-associated jurisdictions, which include American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Republic of Palau, and the US Virgin Islands. The questionnaire was distributed early in the publication year or in December of the prior year. Respondents were asked to provide the most recent data available or data for the most recently completed fiscal year.
States responding to the questionnaire used in this survey provided data for differing time periods. The year indicates the year in which the Synopses were published. Although the Synopses were usually fielded in January through March of each year, the data included were usually from the previous complete fiscal, school, or calendar year. In some cases, dental directors provided point-in-time data rather than annual data.
The annual period that data were reported varies among items. For example, states do not all have the same fiscal year and availability of data at the time of the survey may differ across states.