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State oral health infrastructure and capacity: lessons learned from other states
Article first published online: 20 MAR 2012
© 2012 American Association of Public Health Dentistry
Journal of Public Health Dentistry
Special Issue: Maryland Oral Health Summit: Pathways to Common Ground and Action: Background Papers and Commentaries
Volume 72, Issue Supplement s1, pages S41–S44, Winter 2012
How to Cite
Isman, B. A., Louie, R., Phipps, K. R., Tatro, B. J., Mangskau, K. and Marianos, D. W. (2012), State oral health infrastructure and capacity: lessons learned from other states. Journal of Public Health Dentistry, 72: S41–S44. doi: 10.1111/j.1752-7325.2011.00308.x
- Issue published online: 20 MAR 2012
- Article first published online: 20 MAR 2012
- Received: 11/16/2011; accepted: 12/10/2011.
- dental public health;
- state oral health program
This paper discusses some preliminary findings from the Infrastructure Enhancement Project conducted by the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors (ASTDD), which focuses on state oral health programs and their roles in addressing core public health functions and essential public health services. Findings from analysis of state data since 2000, surveys, reports, and key informant interviews substantiate the value of the following: a) state oral health surveillance; b) oral health improvement plans; c) collaborations and coalitions; d) evidence-based practices and evaluation; e) diversified funding; f) placement and authority of the programs and directors; and g) competencies versus staffing formulas. No single program model fits all the unique populations and political and economic variations among states. Each state is encouraged to use the many tools, resources, and best practices/lessons learned available through ASTDD, federal agencies, and national organizations to design effective and sustainable programs.