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III. Public Health Priorities

Oral Health Strategic Plan for 2011–2014

Public health priorities are developed with input from multiple sources, including CDC leadership, key stakeholders, other federal agencies, and within the broader context of the Oral Health Program within HHS and CDC. These priorities also recognize public health core functions and essential services that are inherent in our role as a program within CDC's National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP). Within this context, the Oral Health Program's priorities are to:

  1. Utilize the best science and methods to improve surveillance of oral diseases and their risk factors, monitor and characterize the burden of oral diseases across the life stages, and communicate these findings.
  2. Broaden our understanding of health disparities and determinants of oral health disparities, and apply multi-disciplinary evidence-based approaches to address these disparities.
  3. Develop and promote effective evidence-based strategies and interventions to prevent oral diseases; translate, disseminate, and evaluate CDC products including recommendations, guidelines, and science; communicate timely and relevant information to impact policy, practices, and programs.
  4. Strengthen infrastructure of state oral health programs and promote oral health in communities through development and implementation of macro-level policy and systems change approaches, and evaluate programs to ensure that implementation has been successful.
  5. Increase organizational capacity and function with an emphasis on leadership effectiveness, internal and external collaborations and partnerships, global outreach, and workforce development.

View IV. Goals: Focusing the Efforts of the Division of Oral Health

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