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