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Activity 8: Program Collaboration

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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 programs.
  • 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.