Local Oral Health Program

About Us:

In January 2018, Orange County received funding from the California Department of Public Health to establish a Local Oral Health Program.  This new funding was made possible by the enactment of Proposition 56, the California Healthcare, Research and Prevention Tobacco Tax of 2016 that levied an additional $2 tax on tobacco and tobacco products.

With guidance from State Oral Health Program, the Orange County Local Oral Health Program (OC-LOHP) is tasked with conducting activities at the local level that support the California Oral Health Plan (COHP), which aims to improve the oral health of all Californians.  The COHP identified 6 goals with corresponding strategies that address the complexity of oral health equity from population-based prevention interventions (including social determinants of health), dental health care delivery and payment systems alignment to the development of a surveillance system and key performance measurements.

An OC Oral Health Collaborative or Advisory Committee was established and convenes every two months to inform, advise, assist, support and advocate for the mission and vision of the LOHP.  If you have any questions about the LOHP or would like more information regarding the Oral Health Collaborative or Advisory Committee, you may reach us by email at lohp@ochca.com.

OC Local Oral Health Program Priorities:

  •  Improving access to and utilization of dental services
  •  Oral health education and public awareness
  •  Integration of dental and medical care
  •  Dental workforce
  •  Data and evaluation
  •  Coordination of countywide efforts

Oral Health Collaborative

About:

Improving access to dental care and preventing dental diseases is a Healthy People 2020 goal.  Based on its community health assessment process, the Orange County Health Improvement Partnership identified oral health as a ‘new area of interest’ in the Orange County Health Improvement Plan for 2017-19. This resulted in the establishment of the Orange County Oral Health Collaborative.

An OC Oral Health Collaborative convenes every two months to inform, advise, assist, support and advocate for the mission and vision of the OC Local Oral Health Program (OC LOHP).

If you have any questions about the OC LOHP or would like more information regarding the Oral Health Collaborative, you may reach us by email at lohp@ochca.com.

Membership:

The Oral Health Collaborative represents a broad range of community stakeholders across Orange County such as health care providers and clinicians, CalOptima, educational institutions, community based organizations, local governmental agencies, local coalitions and collaboratives.   All interested individuals and organization representatives are invited to participate.

Vision:

All Orange County residents have opportunities and resources for optimal oral health.

Current Activities:

The Oral Health Collaborative has current collaborative efforts and workgroups that resulted from the Oral Health Strategic Plan 2018-2022  addressing the following:

  • Access to and Utilization of Dental Services
  • Oral Health Education and Public Awareness
  • Integration of Dental and Medical Care
  • Dental Workforce
  • Data and Evaluation
  • Coordination of Countywide Efforts

Additional information is located on the Oral Health Strategic Planning Workgroups section.

Meetings: (Currently via Zoom Meeting)

The Oral Health Collaborative meets the 4th Monday of every other month from 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm.

Meeting Location:
1729 W. 17th Street (Learning Center)
Santa Ana 92607

Meetings are subject to change without notice. Please call (714) 347-4513 to confirm date and location of meetings.

Oral Health Strategic Plan Workgroups

About:

In January 2018, with funding from the California Department of Public Health, a Local Oral Health Program was established within the Orange County Health Care Agency. The Orange County Local Oral Health Program (OC- LOHP) was tasked to conduct a comprehensive oral health needs assessment and engage stakeholders to develop an Oral Health Strategic Plan.

Based on needs assessment data findings, the Local Oral Health Program, along with community stakeholders, have established Oral Health Strategic Plan workgroups in the following areas to begin countywide efforts:

  • Oral Health Education and Public Awareness
    GOAL: Increase the community’s knowledge of recommended preventive oral health practices and awareness of available dental insurance benefits.
  • Access to and Utilization of Dental Services
    GOAL: Increase the availability, accessibility and utilization of oral health services, particularly for underserved populations.
  • Integration of Dental and Medical Care
    GOAL: Promote integration of dental and medical care.
  • Dental Client Advocacy  (Meetings currently not being held. Meeting schedule TBD)
    GOAL: The goal of the workgroup is for community members to provide feedback on the dental care system and materials meant for the community. In addition, members become peer leaders in their communities and help promote good oral health practices.
  • Dental Workforce (Meetings currently not being held. Meeting schedule TBD)
    GOAL: Increase the capacity of the dental workforce to serve the diverse needs of Orange County residents.
  • Data and Evaluation (Meetings currently not being held. Meeting schedule TBD)
    GOAL: Develop and implement a County oral health assessment and evaluation plan.

Meeting Location of Workgroups: (currently via Zoom Meeting)

HCA Public Health Services
1725 W. 17th Street (Room TBD)
Santa Ana 92706

Meetings are subject to change without notice. Please call (714) 347-4513 to confirm date and location of meetings.

Oral Health Education & Public Awareness
  • Meetings: 2nd Wednesday of every month
    9:00 am to 10:00 am
    Meeting Room: Zoom Meeting
Access to & Utilization of Dental Services
  • Meetings: 2nd Wednesday of every month
    10:15 am to 11:15 am
    Meeting Room: Zoom Meeting
Integration of Dental and Medical Care
  • Meetings: 1st Thursday of every month
    9:30 am to 10:30 am
    Meeting Room: Zoom Meeting
Dental Client Advocacy
  • Meetings: Quarterly (meeting schedule TBD)
    5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
    Meeting Room: Zoom Meeting

Meeting Highlights

  • Coming soon

Office of Oral Health Newsletter

Updated May 20, 2022