Prop 56 Oral Health Program

Passed Yes on 56 Save Lives CaliforniaProp 56 Oral Health Program

Prop 56's Oral Health Program started in January of 2018, funded through the California Department of Public Health's Oral Health Program (made possible by the tobacco tax, Prop 56, passed in 2016). While the state's oral health plan is currently under development, the goal of this program is to improve the oral health of all Californians through prevention, education, and organized community efforts. During the first phase of the grant, PCPHA will work to reestablish the Oral Health Coalition and community partners to create an Oral Health Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) for the future years' work. Some of these partnerships include Plumas First Five, home visitors, public and private schools, resource and community service agencies, hospitals, dental providers, and county service agencies. The target population of this funding stream is all Plumas County residents.

Activity and work over the next 5 years will be developed based on the Oral Health CHIP but must fit in the state's categories of need as well, which are:

  • building capacity and engaging community stakeholders to provide qualified professional expertise in dental public health for program direction, coordination, and collaboration;
  • assessing and monitoring social and other determinants of health, health status, health needs, and health care services available to California communities, with a special focus on underserved areas and vulnerable population groups;
  • identifying assets and resources that will help to address the oral health needs of the community with an emphasis on underserved areas and vulnerable population groups within our jurisdiction;
  • develop a CHIP and an action plan to address oral health needs of underserved areas and vulnerable population groups for the implementation phase or achieve local and state oral health objectives;
  • develop an Evaluation Plan that will be used to monitor and assess the progress and success of the Local Oral Health Program;
  • implement evidence-based programs to achieve California Oral Health Plan Objectives;
  • work with partners to promote oral health by developing and implementing prevention and healthcare policies and guidelines for programs, health care providers, and institutional settings including integration of oral health care and overall health care;
  • address common risk factors for preventable oral and chronic diseases, including tobacco and sugar consumption, and promote protective factors that will reduce disease burden.