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Activity 3: Strategic Planning—The State Oral Health Plan

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Overview of Development of a State Oral Health Plan

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This flow chart describes the process of developing a state oral health plan, which is guided by the vision and direction of the state oral health program.

  1. The state oral health program directs a planning team and coordinates efforts to develop the plan with the state oral health coalition. A facilitator also may be useful for engaging the planning team and coalition in this process.
  2. Stakeholders discuss the development of the state oral health plan at regional or community meetings, and are involved in each succeeding step.
  3. The information gathered is brought to a statewide oral health summit, where committees meet to consider plan components. These committees then may be directed to write plan components.
  4. The state oral health program, planning team, and coalition finalize the plan. They develop a launch plan and disseminate it to key stakeholder groups, including health professionals, consumers, and policy makers. Dissemination strategies also should include working with the news media.
  5. The plan is evaluated for effectiveness.

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