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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Data and evaluation
Coordination of countywide efforts