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Oral Health Advocacy Resources from Other Organizations
American Dental Association (ADA)
As America’s leading oral health advocate, the ADA works tirelessly to influence public policies affecting the practice of dentistry and the oral health of the American public.
In Washington, D.C., the ADA lobbies Congress and the Administration, fighting for things that matter to dentists and the patients they serve. The ADA also provides technical support to help state dental societies advance their respective policy agendas.
American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA)
State and federal legislation and policy affect your career by determining how and where you can practice dental hygiene. The ADHA supports you and your interests at the local, state and federal levels by making sure that legislators and decision makers are aware of your positions on practice issues ranging from direct access to scope of practice and reimbursement.
We work with policy makers and stakeholders to promote policies that encourage increased availability of oral health care. In addition, we assist our state dental hygienists’ associations in their advocacy efforts to allow dental hygienists to practice to the full extent of their dental hygiene education and licensure.
CareQuest Institute for Oral Health
Advancing Policy and Systems Change
Changing our health system isn’t easy, but it is essential. We are committed to challenging and transforming traditional models of care to ensure that every person can reach their full potential.
Community Catalyst is a leading non-profit national health advocacy organization dedicated to advancing a movement for health equity and justice. We partner with local, state and national advocates to leverage and build power so all people can influence decisions that affect their health. Health systems will not be accountable to people without a fully engaged and organized community voice. That’s why we work every day to ensure people’s interests are represented wherever important decisions about health and health care are made: in communities, state houses and on Capitol Hill.
Families USA, a leading national, non-partisan voice for health care consumers, is dedicated to achieving high-quality, affordable health care and improved health for all. Our work is driven by and centered around four pillars: value, equity, coverage, and consumer experience. We view these focus areas — and the various issues unique to each area — as the cornerstones of America’s health care system.
Families USA leads the Oral Health for All Campaign, an intensive, multi-faceted, long-term campaign to expand access to the oral health coverage that we all need to stay healthy. Our primary goals are adding oral health coverage to Medicare, which currently excludes dental care, and improving states’ Medicaid adult oral health coverage.
Hispanic Dental Association
As the leading voice for Hispanic Oral Health, we provide service, education-research, advocacy, and leadership for all healthcare professionals, to promote overall health of the Hispanic/Latinx and underrepresented communities.
National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC)
Advocacy is critical to ensure the continued funding and public support for community health centers. Engaging your staff, board, and community members in advocacy efforts is imperative in order to strengthen the future of your community health center, and others around the country.
National Conference of State Legislatures
NCSL, founded in 1975, represents the legislatures in the states, territories and commonwealths of the U.S. Its mission is to advance the effectiveness, independence and integrity of legislatures and to foster interstate cooperation and facilitate the exchange of information among legislatures.
NCSL also represents legislatures in dealing with the federal government, especially in support of state sovereignty and state flexibility and protection from unfunded federal mandates and unwarranted federal preemption. The conference promotes cooperation between state legislatures in the U.S. and those in other countries.
National Dental Association
The National Dental Association promotes oral health equity among people of color by harnessing the collective power of its members, advocating for the needs of and mentoring dental students of color, and raising the profile of the profession in our communities.
Oral Health Progress and Equity Network (OPEN)
We are the Oral Health Progress and Equity Network (OPEN). We intentionally engage with those committed to systems change by investing time, resources, and brain-power towards our collective HERE. We know that oral health is vital to overall health, yet there are barriers in place, which, like locked doors, prevent people from optimal health. OPEN won’t stand for this failure to live up to our ideals as a nation by leaving people to unjustly and unnecessarily suffer from preventable oral health issues. We catalyze a network to take on America’s oral health challenges so that everyone has an equitable chance to thrive. We won’t stop until everyone has the keys they need to fully access good oral health.
Pew Charitable Trusts
Pew’s dental campaign works to close gaps in dental care access by increasing the number of available providers through the addition of midlevel practitioners such as dental therapists and expansion of school-based sealant programs to reach low-income children, who are at the greatest risk for dental decay.
Society of American Indian Dentists
The Society of American Indian Dentists (SAID) is a national, non-profit organization comprised of oral health professionals and students dedicated to promoting and improving the oral health of the American Indian/Alaskan Native community and providing advocacy for the American Indian/Alaskan Native dental professionals across the US.
Voter Voice (subsidiary of Fiscal Net)
Provides products to assist advocacy groups with campaigns. “Every great advocacy or government relations campaign needs a plan……and also a strategy, and a fair amount of skill to execute.”
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