Oral Health State Plan - Minnesota Department of Health

State Oral Health Plan

State Oral Health Plan, 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.

See the updated Olmstead Plan Revision to the State Oral Health Plan (PDF).

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 Minnesotans.

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.

New Oral Health State Plan

The Minnesota State Oral Health Program collaborated with the Dental Services Advisory Committee to develop a framework for a new State Oral Health Plan (2020-2030). MDH is also working with key stakeholders to receive input and feedback to refine the plan. More information will be available Spring of 2020.

Updated Wednesday, 22-Jan-2020 13:42:46 CST