National Resources:

Multiple national organizations provide a focus on oral health and specific connections to school-age children, school-based programs, provider types, and model programs. The following represents a list of broad-spectrum, although not exhaustive, national organizations most often associated with the previous topics and recognizes there are additional organizations that work in the same space.

http://www.oralhealth.network/  Oral Health Progress and Equity Network is a diverse network of individuals and organizations working to ensure that policy, financing, care, and community aligns to promote oral health as an essential part of overall health and wellbeing.

http://www.dentaquest.com/the-partnership/  The nonprofit DentaQuest Partnership for Oral Health Advancement is laser-focused on transforming our broken health care system to enable better health through oral health. Prioritizing person-centered care, the DentaQuest Partnership will drive health system transformation at the local, state, and national levels in pursuit of DentaQuest’s common mission – to improve the oral health of all.

www.sbh4all.org The School-Based Health Alliance works to improve the health of children and youth by advancing and advocating for school-based health care. Our vision is that all children and adolescents are healthy and achieving their fullest potential.

www.ada.org The American Dental Association (ADA) exists to power the profession of dentistry and to assist members in advancing the overall oral health of their patients. Together with 163,000+ members, ADA has been driving dentistry forward for 160 years.

www.aap.org:  The mission of the American Academy of Pediatrics is to attain optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults. To accomplish this, AAP shall support the professional needs of its members. AAP has 59 US chapters.

https://www.aap.org/en-us/advocacy-and-policy/aap-health-initiatives/Oral-Health/Pages/State-Information-and-Resources-Map.aspx   Find your state representative from the Chapter Oral Health Advocates, who are pediatricians assisting in training for the incorporation of oral health into the medical home, advocate at the state and local levels, connect pediatricians to others working in their community to improve children’s oral health, and build relationships with dental colleagues in their communities and dental societies to improve access to oral health care.

www.adha.org/  Founded in 1923, the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) is the largest national organization representing the professional interests of the more than 185,000 registered dental hygienists (RDHs) across the country, with the belief that dental hygienists should be valued and integrated into the broader health care delivery system to improve the public’s oral and overall health.

http://ohnep.org  Oral Health Nursing Education and Practice is the vanguard of helping nurse practitioners, nurse-midwives, nurses, and other health professionals incorporate oral health into patient care.

www.astdd.org  The Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors (ASTDD) is a national non-profit organization representing the directors and staff of state public health agency programs for oral health. ASTDD formulates and promotes the establishment of national dental public health policy, assists state dental programs in the development and implementation of programs and policies for the prevention of oral diseases; builds awareness and strengthens dental public health professionals’ knowledge and skills by developing position papers and policy statements; provides information on oral health to health officials and policymakers, and conducts conferences for the dental public health community.

https://www.nasn.org/home  The National Association of School Nurses is a non-profit specialty nursing organization, first organized in 1968 and incorporated in 1977, representing school nurses exclusively. NASN has more than 17,000 members and 50 affiliates, including one in the District of Columbia and one serving school nurses overseas. The mission of NASN is to optimize student health and learning by advancing the practice of school nursing.

https://www.nihb.org/oralhealthinitiative/ National Indian Health Board-The NIHB’s Tribal Oral Health Initiative is a growing body of work that includes a toolkit, research, Tribal leader and Tribal healthcare administrator trainings, and, eventually, the Tribal Oral Health Agenda.

https://www.aaphd.org/  American Association of Public Health Dentistry accepts the challenge to improve total health for all citizens through the development and support of effective programs of oral health promotion and disease prevention.

http://www.anohc.org/  The American Network of Oral Health Coalitions (ANOHC) is a network of 39 State Oral Health Coalitions that advocate for 294 million Americans. ANOHC members are statewide oral health coalitions that promote lifelong oral health by shaping policy, promoting prevention, and educating the public. ANOHC exists to create a reliable place for state oral health coalitions to share information, ask questions, and leverage time and resources.

https://www.aacdp.com/  American Academy of Community Dental Programs supports the efforts of those serving the oral health needs of vulnerable populations at the community level. Members include the staff of city, county, and community-based health programs with interest in oral health issues and access to care.

https://www.mchoralhealth.org/  A national center serving the maternal and child health community with high-quality oral health technical assistance, training, and resources.

https://www.ruralhealthinfo.org/toolkits/oral-health  The Rural Oral Health Toolkit addresses the unique challenges of providing oral health in rural areas. The Toolkit helps to identify and implement an oral health program in your rural community. It also provides resources and best practices.

https://www.cdc.gov/oralhealth/index.html CDC works 24/7 to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S. Whether diseases start at home or abroad, are chronic or acute, curable or preventable, human error or deliberate attack, CDC fights disease and supports communities and citizens to do the same. The link provides oral health resources.

https://brightfutures.aap.org/clinical-practice/Pages/default.aspx  Bright Futures is a set of principles, strategies, and tools that are theory-based, evidence-driven, and system-oriented, to improve the health and well-being of all children through culturally appropriate interventions that address the current and emerging health promotion needs at the family, clinical practice, community, health system, and policy levels.

https://www.napnap.org/  The National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners is the professional association for pediatric nurse practitioners (PNP) and all pediatric-focused advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs.)

https://www.aapa.org/  The American Academy of Physicians Assistants advocates and educates on behalf of the profession and the patients that physicians assistants serve.

State Level Resources: At the state level, you could start your investigation with any or all of the potential partners or avenues listed below.

  • Your state oral health coalition (anohc.org American Network of Oral Health Coalitions)
  • The state health department who might:
    • have a dental director and a state plan
    • collect helpful data
    • support surveillance
    • provide preventive services and education
    • support initiatives that focus on the integration of primary care and oral health, payment reform, and health care transformation
    • oversee school nurse consultants and oral health providers in the schools
  • State Dental associations and Dental Hygiene associations
  • School nurse associations
  • Pediatric providers and state-level chapters of the American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Departments of Education
  • Children with Special Health Care Needs
  • Children’s Advocacy Groups
  • Private foundations with a focus on oral health and equity.

Local Level Resources: At the local level, you have some of the same options listed in the state-level section, and found at the local or county level.  Some examples include:

  • Local oral health coalitions and partnerships
  • Local health departments that may:
    • collect data as part of a community needs assessment
    • undertake surveillance
    • have health educators that provide oral health education
    • partner with organizations to provide dental screenings
    • employ school nurses
  • Local dental associations that meet in your area
  • Federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) that may be effective partners for a school-based oral health program
  • Local children’s advocacy groups
  • School partners, special education departments, school nurses, and public health providers/systems