Monday Roundtable Luncheon
Despite availability of and access to funding, technical assistance, and other resources, state oral health programs vary in their degree of success with program implementation. Why the variation? This roundtable examines the variation and identifies best practices for developing, maintaining, or enhancing a state oral health program. Early awareness and adoption of such practices can lead to predictable outcomes, including successfully attaining public health program goals. A best practice is a technique, or set of methods, that when properly implemented will lead to the desired outcomes. Good indicators of best practices include: stable core funding and ability to leverage additional funds from various sources; well-designed plans to support effective program strategies, data management, surveillance and evaluation, with sufficient resources to implement them; skilled personnel; and communications activities to generate awareness and support for oral health promotion interventions. CDC Division of Oral Health and National Partners work diligently together to ensure that state oral health programs achieve best practice success.