U.S. National Oral Health Alliance

U.S. National Oral Health Alliance

In 2000, the U.S. Surgeon General called attention to the prevalence and risks of poor oral health in the landmark report Oral Health in America, identifying a “silent epidemic” impacting disadvantaged groups across the United States. Ten years later, the Institutes of Medicine noted, “While there have been notable improvements in the oral health of Americans, oral diseases remain prevalent across the country, posing a major challenge for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.”

Founded as a not-for-profit organization in 2011, the U.S. National Oral Health Alliance fills the need for a national framework for collaborative work to strengthen and expand a prevention-based oral health system. The Alliance provides a platform where diverse stakeholders come together to make connections, forge common ground, harness opportunities and create sustainable solutions for improving oral health.

The Alliance embodies the spirit of collaboration by convening Leadership Colloquia where individuals committed to optimal oral health come together to listen to and learn from one another and agree on areas of common ground.

Priority Areas

The Alliance is focused on six priority areas for improving the nation's oral health:

  • Prevention and Public Health Infrastructure
  • Oral Health Literacy
  • Medical and Dental Collaboration
  • Metrics for Improving Oral Health
  • Financing Models
  • Strengthening the Dental Care Delivery System

Who is Involved?

Alliance Partners are national, state, and local organizations from all sectors, including dental organizations, corporations, associations, philanthropies, policy makers, faith-based groups, and like-minded individuals who share the belief that improved oral health is a national priority and that collaboration on the six priority areas is a way to ahieve progress. The Founding Board of Directors reflects the diversity of stakeholders in the Alliance. The DentaQuest Foundation is a founding sponsor of the Alliance.

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