A Guide for Developing and Enhancing Community Oral Health Programs  
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Introduction

A Guide for Developing and Enhancing Community Oral Health Programs, which was developed by oral health and public health experts, is designed to help local public health agencies (LPHAs) develop new community oral health programs, integrate new or enhanced oral health programs into existing public health programs, or expand or enhance existing oral health programs. LPHAs are encouraged to work with public- and private-sector partners and to use local resources in the process of developing, integrating, expanding, or enhancing community oral health programs.

 

Companions in Improving Community Oral Health

The Framework,
a policy document for local and state health directors describing the integration of oral health into the 10 essential public health services.

The Guide,
a “how-to” information and resource guide for developing, enhancing, or expanding community oral health. programs.

   

The National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) has estimated that only approximately 658 of the nearly 3,000 LPHAs operating in the United States include oral health programs.5 Since LPHAs are ideally positioned to promote the availability, accessibility, and quality of oral health services, we hope that the agencies without oral health programs will consider developing such programs, while those with programs will expand or enhance them or integrate them into existing public health programs.

Developing, integrating, expanding, or enhancing community oral health programs requires the involvement of an array of community stakeholders. Such stakeholders may include

  • State public health officials
  • State, county, and city government officials
  • Local public health officials and administrators
  • Health professionals, including oral health professionals
  • Community oral health coalitions and organizations
  • Local nonprofit health agencies, organizations, and institutions
  • Others involved with advocating for, planning, and implementing community oral health programs

The Guide is a companion document to A Model Framework for Community Oral Health Programs: Based Upon the Ten Essential Public Health Services. The Framework is a policy document describing the integration of oral health into the 10 essential public health services that officially guide the membership of NACCHO. The Framework is a powerful tool that can be used in gaining support for oral health programming in LPHAs. The Framework is used to help ensure that oral health is integrated into LPHAs and services. The Guide walks readers through the steps needed to develop, integrate, expand, or enhance community oral health programs.

 
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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