Community Based Organization

What Community Based Organizations Can Do

Focus Area 1: Workforce

  • Explore the role of oral health as it impacts program mission and take steps to strengthen 
oral health within programs.
  • Join community oral health coalitions and actively participate in strategies to ensure that community needs are met.
  • Integrate oral health linkages/access strategies into local public health agencies’ five year strategic plans.
  • Connect with community members that are employed in the medical field about the desirability of primary care providers performing oral health assessments and fluoride varnish applications.
  • Support medical/dental collaborations.

Focus Area 2: Infrastructure

  • Include oral health in data gathering, community planning and patient/client education.

Focus Area 3: Financing

  • Recognize that oral health is an integral part of systemic health, and advocate for insurance parity in the community.
  • Collaborate with other oral health advocates in developing and presenting stories and data that compel policy makers to implement funding for adult dental benefits.

Focus Area 4: Systems of Care

  • Work with child-serving organizations to promote oral health literacy among parents and grandparents of young children.
  • Work to ensure that children insured by Medicaid or CHP+ receive dental care annually and have a dental home.
  • Educate parents on the importance of oral health care for pregnant women.
  • Educate caregivers on the importance of oral health care for pregnant women.
  • Work with child-serving agencies to promote oral health literacy and the importance of an age 1-year dental visit.
  • Work with enrollment and referral agencies to identify dentists in each community who will provide an age 1-year dental home.

Focus Area 5: Health Promotion

  • Ask oral health professionals to speak to community organization members at functions/events.
  • Include oral health materials at health fairs, community/neighborhood events.
  • Train home visitation program staff in Cavity Free at Three.
  • Educate families and promote the importance of oral health for adults throughout the lifespan.
  • Develop in-school oral health programs.
  • Provide fluoride varnish opportunities for young children.
  • Partner with LiveWell
  • Involve parent/teacher associations to promote oral health at home.
  • Conduct routine oral health screenings for children in child care and WIC.
  • Share oral health data about populations served.
  • Educate families and promote oral health importance from pregnancy–lifespan.
  • Schedule oral health speakers as part of programming at senior centers, long-term care facilities, assisted living, and other community focal points.
  • Provide transportation for the older adults to reach dental appointments.
  • Provide new toothbrushes on trays for Meals on Wheels every three months.

Focus Area 6: Health Equity

  • Develop local oral health coalitions.
  • Require hospitals to share data on the number of individuals and the costs associated with oral health related use of general anesthesia in OR’s.
  • Meet with school administrators.
  • Advocate for an oral health presence in the schools.


Community Health Organization

Any non-health related group with a mission to improve health in its community.