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Early Childhood Caries Prevention
Cavities and tooth decay, also called "caries", are prevalent but preventable diseases often found in young children. The foundation of a healthy mouth should be established during childhood, so this committee aims to increase awareness and promote preventive practices in order to create healthier smiles. 

K-12 Committee

The purpose of the Oregon Oral Health Coalition’s K-12 Committee is to establish and implement a culturally responsive plan of action to integrate optimal oral health with general health for school-age children and youth. Intervention, education and prevention strategies will be delivered within educational institutions. Using the guiding framework of the Strategic Plan for Oral Health in Oregon: 2014-2020, the committee will engage local providers, authorities, community partners serving youth and funders to unify state-wide efforts toward this purpose.

Chair: Alynn Vienot
Co-Chair: (TBD)
Secretary: Carrie Peterson

Vision Statement:
Achieve a cavity-free Oregon through the eradication of dental disease among Oregon’s K-12 population.

Mission Statement:
The mission of the K-12 Committee is to become a central oral health promotion resource for Oregon schools and organizations serving youth to: increase in-school access to oral health services, advance educational success outcomes, promote self-esteem, increase school attendance and improve overall health and wellness to support Oregon’s youth population.

Goals:
1. Improve, sustain, and support infrastructure for access and delivery of oral health services for K- 12 populations while supporting health care transformation.
2. Promote and integrate best practices for culturally responsive and trauma-informed dental care in school-based oral health programs.
3. Identify, connect and inform stakeholders participating in K-12 health and wellness services.

Function:
1. Align committee goals with the Strategic Plan for Oral Health in Oregon: 2014-2020
2. Provide resources such as regional access to care, guidelines, evidence-influenced practices and data collection for school-based services
3. Promote a paradigm shift to normalize school health and wellness services
4. Foster a platform to move innovative ideas into evidence-influenced practices
5. Improve collaboration among interdisciplinary providers and partners
6. Increase school and parental acceptance for school-based health and wellness services
7. Advocate for standardization of data collection, metrics and reporting
8. Identify stakeholders in youth health and wellness efforts and their function
9. Promote Medicaid enrollment and service utilization
10. Work together for collective impact of improved health outcomes

For more information, or to become involved with the K-12 committee, contact Caroline Freeman at caroline.freeman@ocdc.net.

Adult-Geriatric Committee

This committee focuses on supporting the aging and elderly populations. As with other social groups, seniors can face many difficulties with coverage and access to care. This committee's intent is to enable all seniors to receive oral health care. 

Local Oral Health Coalitions Committee

Local oral health coalitions are an integral part of getting the word out about the importance of oral health. These committee members work on the ground floor in their respective communities to build partnerships, create client-to-care connections, and meet local oral health needs.