Making Oral Health a Part of Daily Life
Many families often don’t go to the dentist because oral health is not perceived as a priority amongst many competing demands.
Oral health problems are responsible for more missed school days than any other type of health problem. Studies show that gum disease during pregnancy may increase the likelihood of preterm birth or a low-birth-weight baby.
Our vision is that low-income families embark on a lifetime of good oral health and disease prevention.
We evolve as we learn. Our forthcoming new Strategic Plan and focus on Health Equity is a reflection of this adaptation. Check back in May 2013 for an overview of the new strategy.
The following Goals and Objectives serve as a strategic framework for our current Oral Health initiative:
(Note: Oral Health will be phased out as a distinct program area by the end of 2017. Actions to integrate oral health into health care delivery systems will occur within the Health Equity initiative.)
Goal 1: Strengthen the advocacy infrastructure to sustain improvements in oral health access for low-income families.
Objective 1: Bolster the leadership capacity of key stakeholders, organizations and coalitions to advocate for policies and regulations that maintain and improve oral health access for low- income families.
Goal 2: Support system changes that promote oral health care for low-income pregnant women.
Objective 1: Develop and integrate new dental and obstetric practice and referral systems to increase the number of pregnant women receiving oral health care.
Objective 2: Promote integration of new oral health care practice and referral guidelines into statewide maternal and child health programs.