NC Oral Health Collaborative

Side profile of a male doctor talking to an elderly couple

There is an oral health crisis in North Carolina that impacts North Carolinians of all ages and in every county. Poor oral health results in more than just tooth decay. It has consequences that dramatically lower quality of life impacting overall health, health care costs, ability to learn, and employability.

Our collective work is to ensure that all North Carolinians have access to good dental care, provided by someone they trust, in a timely and compassionate manner. AND, that this would be the case regardless of geography, socioeconomic background, race, ethnicity, age, or mental/physical illness.

Vision of Impact: In 2020, all North Carolinian’s recognize dental disease is preventable and can access quality and affordable oral health services to achieve overall health and well-being.

Values: Our values are both a way to prioritize our work and a call to action. They express our underlying assumptions about what it will take to improve oral health for all North Carolinians.
Prevention – increasing acceptance and adoption of preventative interventions is the most effective way to reduce incidence and burden of disease.
Whole-Person Care – Oral health is a critical component of good overall health throughout a person’s life span and a focus on oral health is a component of the comprehensive medical home.
Equity – Addressing complex barriers to accessing oral health services will reduce health disparities.
Cultural Competence – Respectful interaction between providers and patients and their families is a critical component of quality care.
Patient Engagement – We promote service delivery that engages and supports patients to learn more about their health and to set personal goals to increase healthy behaviors. We work with consumers to develop the Collaborative’s agenda and strategic direction.
Efficiency – Our oral health care system works best when patients have access to the right care at the right place at the right time, this may not be in a dentist’s office.
Guided by Science and Evidence – While we welcome and value different perspectives, we endeavor to base our policy recommendations on scientific evidence, proven best practices, and tested pilot models.

Purpose: The NC Oral Health Collaborative convenes diverse stakeholder groups to identify and resolve consumer-level and systemic barriers to good oral health and to accelerate implementation of policies and practices that reduce oral health disparities and promote oral health for all North Carolinians.

To actively engage with and participate in the NCOHC, please sign our Statement of Support.

For additional information, please visit our website, or contact:

Zulayka Santiago, MPA
NC Oral Health Collaborative