A. Community Oral Health Policy
4. Using National Policies
It is important to make use of established and
well-accepted national public health and oral health policies
that can be referenced
to influence state and local policy development and implementation.
These include the 10 essential public health services that
are the guiding principles embraced by the National
City and County Health Officers, and serve as the foundation
Model Framework for Community Oral Health Programs: Based Upon
the Ten Essential Public Health Services.
The Framework provides policy support
for developing, integrating, expanding, or enhancing
community oral health programs within LPHAs.
oral health policies adopted by government agencies such as
HRSA, and by member organizations such as ADA and the American
Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, can also
be used to
guide and support local policies to improve oral health. For
example, when approaching a local school board about developing
sealant program, it is useful to share national policies supporting
dental sealants and school-linked, school-based sealant programs.