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State Oral Health Plan

Tuesday, March 8, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Steven Niethamer
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State Oral Health Plan
As reported earlier in this column, Dr. Jayanth (Jay) Kumar took office August 1 as the Dental Director of the new Office of Oral Health within the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). With his appointment, the initial steps to develop a State Oral Health Plan and an Oral Health Surveillance Plan were taken by the creation of a California Oral Health Program Advisory Committee. The State Oral Health Plan is intended to serve as a roadmap to identify priorities and objectives to address the burden of oral disease in the state, increase access to oral health services for high risk populations, and improve the oral health status of all Californians. The Advisory Committee met for the first time in August to create an organizational structure and provide overall direction in regards to the development of the plan. CSPD was invited by Dr. Kumar and the CDPH to sit on the Advisory Committee, which met again in Sacramento in October. At that meeting, the key priorities of the plan were identified in three areas as follows:

  1. Access to Care
  2. Community-Based Prevention
  3. Communication and Education

In addition to developing the State Oral Health Plan, Dr. Kumar is charged with securing federal and other funding for oral health and prevention services, with children as the primary target of these programs.

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