To initiate assessment and program
planning processes and see them through to implementation and
evaluation, the involvement
and support of an array of public- and private-sector stakeholders
A. Getting Started
Developing and maintaining a
community oral health coalition (a group of individuals or
representatives of organizations
to influence outcomes related to oral health) focused on improving
oral health services in the community can help mobilize support.
Coalitions are useful for accomplishing a broad range of goals.
In some cases, a coalition may already be in place whose agenda
can be modified to include improved oral health in the community.
For example, there may be a community coalition or organization
focused on improving access to health care, decreasing the
incidence of chronic disease, or expanding the availability of
Adding oral health to an existing, complementary agenda and
organizing a subcommittee within the coalition to focus on oral
not only broaden the constituency base for oral health but
also widen the audience for policy and program discussions that
lead to new alliances, opportunities, and critical support
from outside the coalition.
This community oral health coalition
can play an important role in each of the subsequent steps
described in the Guide—from
assessing needs and resources to implementing programs, formulating
policy, and conducting research.