A Guide for Developing and Enhancing Community Oral Health Programs  
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Step 4. Implement the Program

While the focus of developing, integrating, expanding, or enhancing a community oral health program is on services, it is important to be aware that implementing services is contingent on agency support and the support of the larger health and oral health services systems.

A. Identify Program Components

Guided by the findings of the needs and resources assessment and the program plan, program components that are missing in the community or that need to be integrated, expanded, or enhanced may now be identified. Each component should be linked to a specific outcome. It is useful to review current best practices to gain insight into the potential impact of the component on outcomes and implementation strategies.

Example: Identifying Program Components for Implementation
Program Component Linked to What Outcome? Best Practice Guidance Used?
Oral health awareness Pre-school-age children use preventive oral health services appropriately What can be learned from the work of others?
School-based oral health screening and referral School-age children have a dental home What can be learned from the work of others?


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