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Oral Health in Rural Communities Organizations

Academy of General Dentistry (AGD)
Strives to represent the interests of general dentists and improve the quality of comprehensive dental services, health promotion and wellness.
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America's Dentists Care Foundation Missions of Mercy (ADCF MOM)
A gathering of volunteer dental professionals who, along with a volunteer staff of several hundred, hold free, two-day dental clinics at locations around the country.
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American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD)
Represents the specialty of pediatric dentistry. Advocates policies, guidelines and programs that promote optimal oral health and oral health care for children.
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American Association of Public Health Dentistry (AAPHD)
Promotes efforts in disease prevention, health promotion and service delivery. Educates the public, health professionals, and decision-makers regarding the importance of oral health to total well-being.
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American Dental Association (ADA)
Professional association of dentists committed to the public's oral health, ethics, science and professional advancement. Site offers a state directory of dental organizations.
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American Dental Hygienists' Association (ADHA)
Represents the interests of dental hygienists. Includes publications on oral health.
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Association of Clinicians for the Underserved (ACU)
A nonprofit, transdisciplinary organization of clinicians, advocates, and health care organizations working to improve the health of America's underserved populations and to enhance the development and support of the medical and dental clinicians serving these populations.
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Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors (ASTDD)
Represents the directors and staff of state and territorial public health agency programs for oral health. Provides a directory of state oral health programs with contact information and a description of their programs.
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Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
Operates the Medicare and Medicaid programs - two national healthcare programs that benefit millions of Americans. Part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Website includes access to research, statistics, and data related to their programs.
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Children's Dental Health Project (CDHP)
Promotes public and clinical policies to improve health and increase access to comprehensive dental care for children and other vulnerable populations. Site offers publications, news, resources, and projects.
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Dental Lifeline Network
Provides qualified disabled and elderly people in numerous states with free, comprehensive, donated treatment by volunteer dentists.
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Dental Trade Alliance Foundation (DTA Foundation)
A foundation that directs its programs and grantmaking to increase access to oral healthcare and to increase awareness of the impact that oral health has on overall health.
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DentaQuest Foundation
Works to connect key stakeholders, raise awareness, and support solutions to oral health in America.
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Mobile Healthcare Association
Promotes and serves the mobile healthcare sector through advocacy, education, and research in order to increase access to healthcare.
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National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO)
Provides education, information, research, and technical assistance to local health departments.
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National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center (OHRC)
Responds to the needs of states and communities in addressing current and emerging public oral health issues. Supports health professionals, program administrators, educators, policymakers, and others with the goal of improving oral health services for infants, children, adolescents, and their families.
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National Network for Oral Health Access (NNOHA)
Made up of oral health providers that represent the diversity of safety-net oral health settings, such as isolated, rural, and one dentist clinics.
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National Rural Recruitment & Retention Network (3RNet)
Works to help physicians and other health care professionals find practice opportunities in rural areas throughout the country. Also allows employers from rural and underserved communities to post healthcare job opportunities. Includes state information and a list of state contacts.
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Oral Health America (OHA)
Develops, implements, and facilitates educational and service programs designed to raise awareness of oral health's importance to total health. Includes programs such as Smiles Across America, Wisdom Tooth Project, Medical Dental Dialogues, the Campaign for Oral Health Equity, and NSTEP.
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Oral Health Workforce Research Center (OHWRC)
Based at the New York Center for Health Workforce Studies, this research center is one of five health workforce research centers in the United States, focused solely on oral health. Conducts current research projects. Publishes oral health workforce reports and data.
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Special Care Dentistry Association (SCDA)
Promotes the oral health of special needs patients. Members include dentists, dental hygienists and assistants, non-dental healthcare providers, health program administrators, residents, students and hospitals.
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Last Reviewed: 2/15/2017