State oral health programs are encouraged to collaborate with other
public health programs, especially those focusing on preventing and
controlling other chronic diseases. Collaboration can help to
enhance program capacity, marketing, and resources. Program size and
complexity may influence the state’s ability to use existing
resources for collaboration efforts.
Examples of collaboration include the following:
Sharing staff positions that provide cross-cutting program services such
as evaluation, epidemiology, health education, and communication.
Coordinating activities that support oral disease prevention as well as
other chronic conditions such as diabetes, obesity, healthy aging, tobacco
cessation, heart disease, and cancer.
Facilitating information sharing and training opportunities across
Facilitating collaborative strategic planning to address disparities and
disease burden issues.
Participating in data collection and reporting across programs such as
nutrition and oral health.