Public Health Resources

Dental Public Health

  • American Association for Community Dental Programs   - AACDP supports the efforts of those with an interest in serving the oral health needs of vulnerable populations at the community level. Members include staff of city, county, and community-based health programs with an interest in oral health issues and access to care.

    American Association of Public Health Dentistry   - Founded in 1937, the American Association of Public Health Dentistry (AAPHD) provides a focus for meeting the challenge to improve oral health. AAPHD membership is open to all individuals concerned with improving the oral health of the public.

    American Dental Association (ADA)   - The not-for-profit American Dental Association is the nation's largest dental association that works to advance the dental profession on the national, state and local level. The ADA is committed to its members and to the improvement of oral health for the public. (American Dental Association)

    HRSA: Oral Health   - HRSA works to improve the oral health of underserved people by exploring ways to improve access to oral health care, increase awareness of the connection between oral health and overall health, promote prevention, and improve oral health literacy to health providers and patients alike. (Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), HHS)

    Hispanic Dental Association   - The Hispanic Dental Association is the only national organization of dental professionals dedicated to promoting and improving the oral health of the Hispanic community and providing advocacy for Hispanic oral health professionals across the United States.

    IHS Dental Portal   - The purpose of the Dental Portal is to have one place where staff who work in Indian healthcare can locate essential resources to support to the operation of effective clinical and community dental programs. (Indian Health Service (IHS))

    NRHA National Rural Oral Health Initiative   - The National Rural Oral Health Initiative is the combined effort of the National Rural Health Association and the DentaQuest Foundation to improve oral health disparities in rural America through policy, communications, education and research. (National Rural Health Association (NRHA))

    National Dental Association   - The mission of the National Dental Association is to represent the concerns of ethnic minorities in dentistry, to elevate the global oral health concerns of underserved communities, to enhance educational and financial opportunities, and public policy awareness, for its members, and to recruit underrepresented minorities into the profession through advocacy and mentorship.

    National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR)   - The mission of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) is to improve oral, dental and craniofacial health through research, research training, and the dissemination of health information. (National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), NIH)

    National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center   - The purpose of the National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center (OHRC) is to respond to the needs of states and communities in addressing current and emerging public oral health issues. OHRC supports health professionals, program administrators, educators, policymakers, and others with the goal of improving oral health services for infants, children, adolescents, and their families. The resource center collaborates with federal, state, and local agencies; national and state organizations and associations; and foundations to gather, develop, and share quality and valued information and materials.

    National Network for Oral Health Access (NNOHA)   - NNOHA's mission is to improve the oral health of underserved populations and contribute to overall health through leadership, advocacy, and support to oral health providers in safety-net systems.

    Oral Health Workforce Research Center (OHWRC)   - OHWRC is based at the Center for Health Workforce Studies (CHWS) at the School of Public Health, University at Albany, State University of New York. OHWRC provides timely, accurate data and conducts policy relevant research to assist in future health workforce planning. (State University of New York, University at Albany, School of Public Health)

    Public Health Foundation (PHF)   - Dedicated to achieving healthy communities through research, training, and technical assistance. For more than 35 years, this national, non-profit organization has been creating new information and helping health agencies and other community health organizations connect to and more effectively use information to manage and improve performance, understand and use data, and strengthen the workforce.

    Tribal Oral Health Initiative   - Initiative to explore solutions and develop recommendations to address oral health disparities and lack of access to oral health treatment and prevention services in Indian Country. (National Indian Health Board)

    Dental Public Health Listserv   - Email list to facilitate discussion of issues relating to Public Health as it relates to dental issues. The list is limited to public health professionals and policy makers interested in dental issues. This list is not affiliated with any professional organization or group. (University of Pittsburgh)

      • + Continuing Education Programs
        • State Oral Health Leadership Institute - SOHLI is a 12-month professional development program that provides Medicaid dental program directors and state oral health program directors - working in collaboration - with the necessary leadership skills and policy knowledge to improve access to dental services and oral health outcomes for low-income children and adults.

        • TRAIN Learning Network - TRAIN is a national learning network that provides quality training opportunities for professionals who protect and improve the public’s health. A free service powered by the Public Health Foundation (PHF), the TRAIN Learning Network brings together agencies and organizations in the public health, healthcare, and preparedness sectors to disseminate, track, and share trainings for the health workforce on a centralized training platform.

    Oral Health Information Tutorial   - This tutorial focuses on improving access to and awareness of reliable information resources, as well as integrating the best evidence from these resources into public health dental practice and educational activities. (University of Texas, Health Science Center at San Antonio)

    Smiles for Life Oral Health Curriculum   - The Smiles for Life curriculum consists of eight 45-minute modules covering core areas of oral health relevant to health professionals, including child oral health, adult oral health, pregnancy, and geriatric oral health. (Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM))

    AAPD Foundation Grants   - Grants support community-based initiatives to provide dental care for underserved/limited access children. (American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry)

    Community Response Fund   - DentaQuest's Community Response Fund supports small, one-time grants that address access to oral health care. (DentaQuest Institute)

    Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) Open Opportunities   - Comprising six bureaus and 12 offices, HRSA provides leadership and financial support to health care providers in every state and U.S. territory. HRSA grantees provide health care to uninsured people, people living with HIV/AIDS, and pregnant women, mothers and children. They train health professionals and improve systems of care in rural communities. (Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), HHS)

    Improving oral health and reducing disparities in adolescents (R21 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)   - The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to encourage exploratory or developmental research to improve the oral health of adolescents in the United States, and to reduce observed oral health disparities and inequities in this population. This FOA defines adolescents as those individuals between the ages of 10 and 19. (National Institutes of Health (NIH), HHS)

    Oral Health Grant Program   - The objectives of the Delta Dental of Missouri Grant Program are to: reduce oral disease through education, prevention and treatment, ensure access to affordable, timely and high-quality dental health care, enhance the awareness of good oral health with a focus on children, the indigent, and other underserved populations, make a measurable difference in the oral health of Missourians, with an emphasis on underserved populations, and ensure that Missouri is among the states with the highest indicators of oral health.

    Bright Futures Toolbox   - This toolbox highlights materials that advance the Bright Futures philosophy of promoting and improving the oral health of infants, children, and adolescents. (National Maternal and Child Health Oral Health Resource Center)

    Community Water Fluoridation Communications Toolkit   - NACCHO's new Community Water Fluoridation Communications Toolkit has resources to help local health departments and other organizations educate and inform their communities about the benefits of fluoridation. (National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO))

    Dental Devices   - This site includes FDA's public health notifications, advice for patients, and related consumer health information on dental devices. (U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), HHS)

    Mouth Healthy   - A consumer site from the American Dental Association with information on habits, concerns, and nutrition for all life stages. (American Dental Association)

    My Water's Flouride   - My Water's Fluoride (MWF) allows consumers to learn about the fluoride level in their drinking water. Also, you can find out the number of people served by the system and the water source. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

    SmileConnect   - An online portal to connect children in need to available health resources. (Altarum Institute)

    The Oral Health Website   - Website aims to help communities, governments, nonprofit organizations, foundations, and private businesses start or enhance community-based oral health programs for older adults. Site includes a searchable database of community-based oral health programs and an oral health guide: The Community Guide to Adult Oral Health Program Implementation. (Administration for Community Living (ACL), HHS)

    ADA Health Policy Institute   - The Health Policy Institute (HPI) aims to be a thought leader and trusted source for critical policy knowledge related to the U.S. dental care system. HPI achieves this by generating, synthesizing, and disseminating innovative research on a variety of topics that are relevant to policy makers, health care advocates, and providers within the U.S. dental care system. (American Dental Association)

    ASTDD Dental Public Health Resources Committee   - ASTDD works with a broad array of federal, state and local public and private partners to educate decision-makers on dental public health issues and concerns of state oral health programs. ASTDD policy documents include issue briefs, position papers, policy statements and resolutions to reflect the Association's priorities and stance on dental public health issues. (Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors)

    American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry   - The mission of the AAPD is to advocate policies, guidelines and programs that promote optimal oral health and oral health care for children. The AAPD serves and represents its membership in the areas of professional development and governmental and legislative activities.

    National Center for Fluoridation   - NCF was created to provide information within that network of scientists, educators, public officials, organizational representatives, and media concerned about the availability of reliable, timely, and scientifically-based information about community water fluoridation.

    National Conference of State Legislatures: Children's Oral Health   - The National Conference of State Legislatures was founded in 1975 with the conviction that legislative service is one of democracy's worthiest pursuits. NCSL is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the nation's 50 states, its commonwealths and territories. NCSL provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues. (National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL))

    Oral Health - Health Coverage and Access   - Resources including briefs, toolkits, reports, and case studies that explore innovative strategies that states have developed to address access to oral health services. (National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP))

    Preventing Tooth Decay   - Strategies and policies to prevent tooth decay. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)

      • + Journals
        • ADA News - News from the American Dental Association.

    American Association for Community Dental Programs - annual symposium   - The annual symposium is held as a pre-conference session to the National Oral Health Conference. The National Oral Health Conference is sponsored by the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors, the American Association of Public Health Dentistry, the Health Resources and Services Administration, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    National Oral Health Conference   - The National Oral Health Conference is sponsored by the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors, the American Association of Public Health Dentistry, the Health Resources and Services Administration, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors)

    National Oral Health Surveillance System (NOHSS)   - NOHSS is a collaborative effort between CDC's Division of Oral Health and the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors (ASTDD). It is designed to monitor the use of dental health care, oral disease, and the status of community water fluoridation.

    Oral Health Data   - The Oral Health Data website contains data for indicators from the National Oral Health Surveillance System (NOHSS), Water Fluoridation Statistics biennial reports, and the annual Synopses of State Oral Health Programs. National and state-level data are provided for all indicators. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), HHS)