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Possible Partners

Rural oral health programs often have established relationships with providers, community organizations, and Area Health Education Centers (AHECs), and consider these relationships to be important to their success. The roles of partner organizations may vary. For example, partners may serve as funders for programs and provide guidance for the program. One rural oral health program worked with a local AHEC to help with education and outreach efforts. Other programs have worked with local colleges and universities, WIC, and Head Start programs. Another program worked with a grant writer from a nearby federally qualified health center to write new proposals for funding. Project partners helped another program by posting job openings in job banks at their organizations.

Potential partners for rural oral health programs include:

  • Area Health Education Centers
  • Public health organizations
  • Universities and colleges
  • Foundations
  • Government organizations
  • Community service organizations
  • Volunteer groups
  • Multicultural alliances and associations
  • Hospitals
  • State and local health departments
  • Head Start programs
  • Federal Qualified Health Centers
  • Area clinics and medical centers
  • Philanthropic funds and charities
  • WIC programs