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Rural Oral Health Program Partners

Many rural oral health programs have the support of local health departments, community clinics, social service organizations, and schools, among other organizations. These relationships can help rural oral health programs to:

  • Identify appropriate program partners and volunteers
  • Identify individuals who are in need services and conduct effective outreach
  • Understand the barriers to oral healthcare and identify solutions
  • Leverage resources
  • Refer individuals to other providers and social supports
  • Conduct program evaluation
  • Disseminate the results of your program

For additional information on the types of partners your program may involve, and the activities that partners can support, see Identify and Engage Possible Partners in the Rural Community Health Toolkit.

Resources to Learn More

A Guide for Developing and Enhancing Community Oral Health Programs
This guide is designed to help local public health agencies to develop, integrate, expand, or enhance community oral health programs. It provides information on mobilizing community support, assessing needs, and existing resources, planning the program, implementing the program, evaluating the program and participating in policy development and research.
Organization(s): American Association for Community Dental Programs (AACDP)

Increasing Access to Dental Care in Medicaid: Targeted Programs for Four Populations
This report describes strategies that states have used to address the oral health needs of young children, pregnant women, people with developmental disabilities, and people in rural areas.
Author(s): Snyder, A.
Organization(s): National Academy for State Health Policy
Date: 3/2009

A Model Framework for Community Oral Health Programs
This policy document describes ways to integrate oral health into the ten essential public health services.
Organization(s): American Association for Community Dental Programs
Date: 5/2006