Oral Health Coalition

What Oral Health Coaltions Can Do

Focus Area 1: Workforce

  • Provide technical assistance and support to existing and emerging oral health coalitions through activities such as developing workforce needs assessments and oral health status reports.
  • Be aware of national oral health workforce trends through data and other sources.
  • Assess and make recommendations about sustainability of current in-school oral health models.
  • Develop toolkits and technical assistance models that will support the development of in-school oral health programs that effectively utilize the current dental workforce.
  • Provide a safe place to have difficult conversations regarding workforce models and workforce utilization.
  • Recommend participation in local oral health coalitions for all Dental and Medical Loan Repayment recipients.
  • Offer opportunities for medical and dental providers to discuss common concerns regarding the integration of oral health and systemic health.

Focus Area 2: Infrastructure

  • Collect safety net oral health data on a yearly basis and disseminate to the Colorado Health Institute (CHI), CDPHE, funders, policy makers and community oral health coalitions.
  • Provide technical assistance for initiation of sustainable oral health programs in schools.
  • Convene oral health leadership to identify needs and to plan for solutions.
  • Provide technical assistance to community coalitions as they implement oral health programs in their communities.
  • Provide a toolkit and technical assistance to communities that consider initiating oral health programs in the schools.
  • Collaborate with CDPHE and other stakeholders to develop and disseminate a public information campaign on the benefits of community water fluoridation.
  • Provide technical assistance to community oral health coalitions and address the issues of fluoride and sealants.

Focus Area 3: Financing

  • Ensure that oral health is included as part of the design and implementation of benefits through the insurance exchanges.
  • Educate coalition partners regarding public and private oral health insurance benefits and reimbursements.
  • Collaborate with advocacy groups to ensure that evidence-based oral health care is recognized and reimbursed by private and public payers.
  • Support models where direct access hygienists are reimbursed through public and private insurance.
  • Ensure that oral health coalitions across the state understand the importance of working toward an adult dental benefit.
  • Develop communications tools that will ensure common messaging for the issue across the state.
  • Provide leadership in developing the information and the data needed to initiate legislative action on adult dental benefits.

Focus Area 4: Systems of Care

  • Promote policy changes/legislation that improve access to care for low-income populations.
  • Partner with others in promoting the messages of age 1-year dental visits and oral health literacy.
  • Partner with others in promoting messages of oral health’s importance throughout the lifespan.
  • Collaborate with providers and the CDA to promote the age 1-year dental visit.
  • Link providers and communities to services/training to help them deliver 1-year dental care.
  • Collaborate with partners to conduct public service campaigns and other multi-media advertising about the importance of a dental visit.
  • Work with insurance companies to cover the age 1-year dental visit and reimburse it as a diagnostic preventive visit.

Focus Area 5: Health Promotion

  • Promote oral health educational resources on websites.
  • Support local coalitions with technical assistance about current oral health education practices and consistent messaging.
  • Promote fluoridation information for local decision makers and water engineers.
  • Attend events to promote key messages about oral health and overall well-being.
  • Include nutrition education materials and obesity prevention materials websites.
  • Increase collaboration and communication between the many partners providing oral health, overall health, and nutrition services to Coloradans.
  • Work with partners to align oral health projects across the state.
  • Promote oral health literacy and connect resources to at-risk, underserved populations.
  • Work with partners to align oral health projects across the state.
  • Link resources to older adult and caregiver populations.

Focus Area 6: Health Equity

  • Support and encourage local data collection.
  • Develop a web portal that allows easy access to oral health data and information.
  • Develop communications tools that can be used in all communities to identify health disparities and promote health equity.
  • Partner with organizations (such as CORHIO) in order to ensure oral health data becomes part of the Electronic Health Record and can be shared with primary care providers.
  • Share oral health and other relevant health data on the OHCO web page.
  • Use data to enhance oral health lobbying efforts.
  • Develop a toolkit that will provide assistance to communities wanting in establishing oral health programs in schools.
  • Share information on successes and challenges in implementing in-school oral health care
  • Collaborate with stakeholders to ensure that sustainable models of care are implemented in community schools.


Community Health Organization

AA statewide or local alliance whose purpose is to connect Colorado oral health advocates in a collaboration to ensure the best oral health care, access and outcomes for all Coloradans.