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Goal: Build a comprehensive national oral health measurement system. Target: Public and private health systems and payers are aligned in oral health surveillance and measurement priorities so that data are consistently collected and readily accessible at the national, state, and local levels.
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Health equity is attainment of the highest level of health for all people. Achieving health equity requires:- Valuing everyone equally- Focusing on societal efforts to address avoidable inequalities- Recognizing and rectifying historical injustices- Addressing contemporary injustices- Eliminating health and healthcare disparities, and- Assuring structural and personal conditions are in place to support optimal health.This community includes the Latino, LGBTQIA+, Rural and Native Oral Health Network NRTs and information shared during the Racial Equity Learning Collaborative.
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Goal: Eradicate dental disease in childrenTarget One: With a closing of disparity gaps, 85% of children reach age six without a cavity.Target Two: 15% of Title 1 schools have oral health fully incorporated into their systems.
Get grounded in all things Oral Health Progress & Equity Network- Because oral health is essential to overall health and well-being, the Oral Health Progress & Equity Network has organized across the country to ensure healthier outcomes for everyone- We are a network of individuals and organizations committed to social justice and health equity - OPEN enables agents of change - policymakers, providers, public health activists, and grassroots organizers - to share ideas, support, and resources that enable us to advance our shared oral health goals
Goal: Integrate oral health into person-centered health homes.Target: Oral health is integrated into at least 50% of emerging person-centered care models through payment/coverage and health care service delivery and coordination.
Goal: Include an adult dental benefit in publicly funded health coverage.Target One: Medicare includes extensive dental coverage.Target Two: At least 30 states have an extensive Medicaid adult dental benefit.2019 Hill Day Policy Asks:Policy Ask # 1: Congress should add oral health coverage under Medicare Part B. Policy Ask # 2: Congress should address the link between oral health and maternal health by making pregnant women’s oral health coverage a mandatory service in Medicaid. Policy Ask # 3: Congress should appropriate an additional $17.5 million, for a total of $36.5 million, to fully fund the CDC Division of Oral Health to support an oral health program in every state.
Goal: Improve the public perception of the value of oral health to create a more actionable policy environment to advance all network goals.Target: Oral health is increasingly included in health dialogue and public policy advocacy.Strategic Recommendations for Effective Communications:- connect oral health to overall health- advance “targeted justice” to cue a collective and systemic perspective- advance “responsible management” to broaden the content of prevention- use the “keys to oral health” metaphor to explain systemic barriers- emphasize that oral health involves a broad team of individuals
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