Who We Are:
National Network for Oral Health Access envisions a future in which individuals and communities are aware of the importance of oral health to overall health, engage in recommended oral health practices, and receive affordable, high quality oral health services. Achieving this vision requires everyone to have access to care, regardless of income or geography.
Access is created by strengthening and expanding the nation’s oral health safety-net system.
NNOHA was founded in 1991 by a group of Dental Directors from Federally Qualified Community Health Centers who identified a need for peer-to-peer networking, collaboration, research and support in running effective oral health program. From those humble beginnings, NNOHA’s membership has grown to represent the full diversity of safety-net oral health providers and has become a leader in strengthening and supporting the oral health safety-net.
NNOHA provides resources and learning opportunities ranging from the Operations Manual that outlines the best approaches to running an efficient and effective practice, to the Annual Conference which provides both training and networking opportunities for participants.
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 is integrated with primary care.
- Evidence-based dental disease management models are in place.
- Every Health Center has an oral health program.
- Oral health providers have the information, education, skills, resources, and support they need to deliver efficient, high quality services.
- We value collaboration with other entities as we pursue our vision.