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Appendix E: Crosswalk Between 10 Essential Public Health Services, Essential Public Health Services to Promote Oral Health in the United States, and Dental Public Health Competencies
 
10 Essential Public
Health Services*
Essential Public Health Services to Promote Oral Health in the United States** Dental Public Health
Competencies ***
1. Monitor health status to identify community health problems Assessment: Assess oral health status and needs so that problems can be identified and addressed. VI. Design and understand the use of surveillance systems to monitor oral health

2. Diagnose and investigate health problems and health hazards in the community

Assessment: Assess the fluoridation status of water systems and other sources of fluoride. Implement a surveillance system to identify, investigate, and monitor oral disease and health hazards.

VI. Design and understand the use of surveillance systems to monitor oral health
3. Inform, educate, and empower people about health issues Assessment: Inform, educate, and empower the public about oral health problems and solutions. VII. Communicate and collaborate with groups and individuals on oral health issues
4. Mobilize community partnerships to identify and solve health problems Policy Development: Mobilize community partnerships among policymakers, professionals, groups, and the public to identify and implement solutions to oral health problems. VII. Communicate and collaborate with groups and individuals on oral health issues
5. Develop policies and plans that support individual and community health efforts Policy Development: Develop plans and policies through a collaborative process that supports individual and community oral health efforts to address oral health needs. Provide leadership to address oral health problems by maintaining a strong oral health unit within the health agency. I. Plan oral health programs
II. Select interventions to prevent and control oral disease and to promote oral health
III. Develop resources; implement and manage oral health programs for populations
6. Enforce laws and regulations that protect health and ensure safety Assurance: Promote and enforce laws and regulations that protect and improve oral health, ensure safety, and ensure accountability for the public’s well-being. VIII. Advocate for, implement, and evaluate public health policy, legislation, and regulations to protect and promote the public’s oral health
7. Link people to needed health services, and ensure the provision of health care when otherwise unavailable Assurance: Link people to population-based oral health services, personal oral heath services, and support services, and ensure the availability, access, and acceptability of these services by enhancing system capacity, including directly supporting or providing services when necessary. II. Select interventions and strategies for the prevention and control of oral diseases and the promotion of oral health
V. Evaluate and monitor dental care delivery systems
8. Ensure a competent public health and personal health care work force Assurance: Ensure that the public health and personal health work force has the capacity and expertise to effectively address oral health needs. IV. Incorporate ethical standards in oral health programs and activities
9. Assess effectiveness, accessibility, and quality of personal and population-based services Assurance: Evaluate effectiveness, accessibility, and quality of population-based and personal oral health services. V. Evaluate and monitor oral health care delivery systems
10. Conduct research for new insights and innovative solutions to health problems System Management Function: Conduct research and support demonstration projects to gain new insights and applications or innovative solutions to oral health problems. IX. Critique and synthesize scientific literature
X. Design and conduct population-based studies
*Reference: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Office of the Director National Public Health Performance Standards Program [Web site]. The Essential Public Health Services.
**Reference: Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors. 2006. Guidelines for State and Territorial Oral Health Programs, rev. ed. Jefferson City, MO: Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors.
***Reference: American Association of Public Health Dentistry. Dental public health competencies. 1998. Journal of Public Health Dentistry 58(Supplement 1):121-122.

 

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Table of Contents Appendices AACDP References Home Appendices References Conclusion Step 6 Step 5 Step 4 Step 3 Step 2 Executive Summary Overview Step 1 Acknowledgements