Life is better with teeth: Five years later, funders continue working together to improve oral health
Imagine being a Kindergartner and choosing not to eat carrots because they make your mouth hurt.
Imagine losing your front teeth and trying to get a job. You want dentures, but can’t afford the bills.
Imagine enrolling in Medicare, living on Social Security, and realizing you no longer have dental insurance.
These situations face too many residents in our region and keep us motivated to achieve our vision, outstanding oral health for all.
The Oral Health Funders Collaborative formally organized in September 2011. After five years, we are proud of the relationships we’ve built and the projects we have launched, supported and funded. We focus on improving oral health across the lifespan. Our projects reflect our commitment to support prevention, direct services, research and policies that will improve oral health for all. Here’s what we have done most recently:
- Nov 2016: Funded the 2016 Progress Report on the Strategic Plan for Oral Health in Oregon
- Jan 2015: Successfully lobbied the Oregon Legislature to hire a Statewide Dental Director and place the position in statute. Dr. Bruce Austin was hired in April 2015.
- Oct 2014: Funded and published the Strategic Plan for Oral Health in Oregon: 2014-2020 in partnership with the Oregon Health Authority and Oregon Oral Health Coalition
- March 2014: Commissioned research and published this report: Emergency Department Visits for Non-Traumatic Dental Problems in Oregon hospitals
Read the full story and learn how to get involved HERE.