Chi

Donald Chi

Affiliations
Associate Professor of Oral Health Sciences, University of Washington
Areas of Expertise:
  • Health Care Delivery
  • Health Care Reform
  • Children & Families

About Donald

Chi is a board-certified pediatric dentist. His research focuses on children's oral health inequalities, and ranges from the basic behavioral and social science work to understand the causes of oral health inequality to the applied intervention and policy work that will help solve it. He is a member of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Advisory Committee on Training in Primary Care Medicine and Dentistry.

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Publications

"Cost-Effectiveness of Pit-and-Fissure Sealants on Primary Molars in Medicaid-Enrolled Children" (with David van der Goes and John Ney). American Journal of Public Health 104, no. 3 (2014): 555-61.

Demonstrates the value of dental sealants on primary teeth for low-income children in Medicaid and emphasized the importance of risk-based provision of preventive care and alternative reimbursement models in preventive dentistry.

"Socioeconomic Status, Food Security, and Dental Caries in U.S. Children: Mediation Analyses of Data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 2007-2008" (with Erin Masterson, Lloyd Mancl, Adam Carle, and Susan Coldwell). American Journal of Public Health 104, no. 3 (2014): 555-61.

Demonstrates value of dental sealants on primary teeth for low-income children in Medicaid and emphasized the importance of risk-based provision of preventive care and alternative reimbursement models in preventive dentistry.

"Caregivers Saying "No" to Preventive Care for their Children: the Relationship between Immunization and Topical Fluoride Refusal" American Journal of Public Health 104, no. 7 (2014): 1327-33.

Estimates the prevalence of parents who refuse topical fluoride and found that vaccine refusal is significantly related to topical fluoride refusal.

"Association between Added Sugar Intake and Dental Caries in Yup'ik Children Using a Novel Hair Biomarker" (with Scarlett Hopkins, Diane O'Brien, Lloyd Mancl, Scott Lindgren, Sam Zinner, and Kype Steinman). BioMed Central Oral Health 15, no. 1 (2015): 121.

Demonstrates that Alaska Native children consume 16 times the maximum recommended added sugar using a hair-based biomarker to measure added sugar intake. Children who consume more added sugar have more severe tooth decay.

"Dental Homes for Children with Autism: a Longitudinal Analysis of Iowa Medicaid's I-Smile Program" (with Elizabeth Momany, Lloyd Mancl, Scott Lingren, Sam Zinner, and Kyle Steinman). American Journal of Preventive Medicine 50, no. 5 (2016): 609-15.

Demonstrates that children with autism spectrum disorders did not benefit from a special dental program for children in Medicaid. Underscores the importance of tailored policies and programs focusing on the highest need children.

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