Programs & Initiatives


Safety-net oral health programs face a unique challenge – provide high quality care to the underserved with restricted budget constraints. NNOHA is working to support providers by developing resources and innovative initiatives. Click below to learn more about the projects and initiatives we are currently engaged in.

National Oral Health Learning Institute

This yearlong training program, with both distance and in-person learning, provides in-depth trainings in the topics covered by NNOHA’s Operations Manual for Health Center Oral Health Programs for Dental Directors and Dental Program Managers in their positions for five years or less

National Oral Health Innovation & Integration Network

NOHIIN is a network of Primary Care Associations (PCAs) and safety net providers that continues to work together to elevate the importance of oral health to overall health and person centered care.  NOHIIN’s mission is to unify and empower a network of PCAs and safety net providers to be champions of oral health as a part of overall health.

Quality Improvement Collaborative

NNOHA uses the Institute for Healthcare Improvement Breakthrough Series Collaborative methodology to train health center oral health programs in the Model for Improvement, to create the foundation for monitoring, reporting and improving on a specific set of dashboard measures.

Interprofessional Core Clinical Competency Pilot Project

NNOHA is working to measure the impact on oral health services when the medical team receives training in oral health core competencies.

Promising Practices

Through the collection and sharing of Promising Practices, NNOHA seeks to strengthen oral health programs and promote communication and collaboration between Health Center providers to reduce disparities and increase oral health.

Policy and Advocacy

Policy impacts the oral health safety-net and the oral health of underserved populations. NNOHA works to strengthen the safety net and improve oral health through our advocacy and training of our members to be effective advocates in their communities.

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