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BackgroundHistory & Plan Development

Oral Health Colorado (OHCO), formally known as Oral Health Awareness Colorado! (OHAC!), is the state’s oral health coalition.  The coalition convened a stakeholder’s summit in November 2004 that led to the development of Colorado’s first state oral health plan called “Smart Mouths, Healthy Bodies:  An Action Plan to Improve the Oral Health of Coloradans.”  This new edition includes stronger accountability for follow-up, and well-developed outcome measures and evaluation—it builds upon the successes of the previous state oral health plan.

Four focus areas remain the same:

  • Financing
  • Health Promotion
  • Systems of Care
  • Workforce

New areas focusing on Infrastructure and Health Equity have been added.   A previous focus area called Promising Practices has been combined with Systems of Care.  And, since policy and advocacy are essential to all efforts, these have been included within each focus area’s strategies.