The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is providing
funding to 20 states to strengthen their oral health programs and
improve the oral health of their residents. The following states will
receive approximately $6.8 million over the next year:
The cooperative agreements range from $235,000 to $355,000 per year
and are renewable through fiscal year 2013. The funding is designed to
improve state oral health services. Those services include monitoring
oral diseases and implementing and evaluating disease prevention
programs such as community water fluoridation and school-based sealant
State-Based Programs Crucial to National Oral Health
Strong state-based programs are critical to the nation’s oral health.
Despite national improvements in oral health, significant dental disease
exists across all age groups. This is especially true for those with
lower incomes and lower educational levels, and for people from some
racial and ethnic groups. CDC support provides additional opportunities
to educate residents about the importance of oral health and effective
preventive measures, to identify communities with the greatest unmet
dental needs, and to develop state plans to improve oral health and
address disparities. CDC anticipates that funded states will be able to
increase policies and programs that prevent oral diseases.
Increasing Policies and Programs to Prevent Oral Disease
Through its work with the Association of State and Territorial
Disease Directors, state oral health programs, and national experts, CDC
has established eight essential components for developing and enhancing
the infrastructure and capacity of state oral health programs. These
eight components are—
- Oral health program leadership.
- A surveillance system to monitor oral diseases and a report on
the state’s burden of oral disease.
- A state oral health plan.
- A statewide oral health coalition and strong partnerships
to increase program resources.
- Evidence-based prevention programs including community
water fluoridation and school-based sealant programs.
- Policy and health systems strategies.
- Collaboration with other state chronic disease programs.
- Program evaluation.
Date last reviewed: September 20, 2011
Date last modified: September 20, 2011
Division of Oral Health,
National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and