State Plans – Oral Health in Minnesota 2013-2018

State Plans
Oral Health in Minnesota 2013-2018

The Minnesota Oral Health Plan 2013-2018 (PDF) provides a blueprint for accomplishing goals and objectives developed in collaboration with partners and stakeholders, including members of Minnesota’s public health and dental communities.

The plan is a call to action for individuals, communities and organizations to collaborate and implement strategies that will improve the oral health of all Minnesotans.

Priority areas: Oral health goals, objectives and strategies

Priority: Oral health infrastructure

Goal: Minnesota’s oral health infrastructure is stable and sustained.

  • Fully integrate the Oral Health Program into the MDH infrastructure
  • Support development of Minnesota Oral Health Coalition
  • Develop and sustain partnerships
  • Seek commitment for long-term data collection and surveillance
  • Seek funding sources
  • Assess opportunity for policy changes

Priority: Prevention and education

Goal: Strategies are implemented that reduce oral disease and mitigate risk.

Goal: Oral health literacy is increased across all ages and cultures.

Priority: Health care integration and access to oral health care

Goal: Professional integration is enhanced between oral health care providers and other providers in the broader health care system.

  • Promote understanding and development of “health care home” concept
  • Increase the number of non-dental provider education programs (physician’s assistant, nurse practitioner, dietitians, medical school, nursing school) that incorporate oral health into curriculum
  • Promote collaboration in health care community among dental and non-dental providers to work as a single team addressing oral health disparities and unmet dental needs

Goal: Access is increased to preventive, restorative and emergency oral health care services.

Goal: The dental workforce is prepared for and addresses the oral health needs of

Priority: Surveillance

Goal: Access to population statistics, population-level oral health surveillance information and aggregate data on oral health indicators is readily available to all.

Get involved

We need to continue to build on new and existing partnerships to move the plan forward. We look for support and engagement from:

  • Health and public health professionals
  • Patients and their families
  • Community organizations
  • Educators
  • Staff and school administrators
  • Employers
  • Policymakers
Email Prasida Khanal, Oral Health Unit Director, with questions regarding the 2013-2018 State Plan at

Additional Resources

Minnesota Oral Health Plan 2013-2018 Executive Summary (PDF)
ASTDD: State Oral Health Plans and Collaborative Planning
CDC: State Oral Health Plans
State Plan Diagrams (PDF)