Our Approach

We believe oral health is an essential component of overall health and well-being. Poverty, racial and ethnic disparities, geography and dental disease are closely related and connect to other issues that impact health, economic stability, and quality of life for Maine families. To create sustained improvement in children’s oral health, we must cultivate relationships and trust among all stakeholders so that we can advance new solutions to this age-old challenge.

Partnership Council
Provides collaborative leadership by building relationships and trust among network partners, developing design and network process, guiding financing strategy, coordinating communications and ensuring accountability to the shared mission.
A Supporting Non-profit (501c3)
Newly established to support the Partnership with a Board of Directors (Andrew Klingenstein, Barbara Crowley, and Evelyn deFrees) and the Executive Director, Becca Matusovich. Provides leadership and backbone support, galvanizes Partnership development, coordinates the Partnership Council, supports action teams and facilitates the Partnership communications and financing strategies.
Action Teams
Groups of individuals with expertise and experience across key sectors leading the implementation of priority strategies. Teams will establish common understanding of the current systems impacting oral health outcomes and will co-design and jointly execute strategies to improve results.
Structure of the Partnership
Partnership Structure
The Partnership's Roadmap

Action Areas

Catalyzing

Innovations in Treating & Preventing Dental Disease

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Example Strategies:

  • Silver Diammine fluoride
  • Innovative protocols for managing dental disease
Ensuring

Dental Homes for All Kids, Young Adults & Pregnant Women

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Example Strategies:

  • Financially sustainable business models for MaineCare & sliding fee scales
  • Workforce capacity and interprofessional training/collaboration
Integrating

Oral Health into Primary and Prenatal Care

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Example Strategies:

  • From the First Tooth & Before the First Tooth
  • Adolescent transitions to adult systems of care
Expanding

Preventing Care in School and Community Settings

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Example Strategies:

  • Screenings, referrals, fluoride varnish, sealants in schools and pre-schools
  • Partnerships with academic programs and local providers to deliver preventive services
Strengthening

Community Navigation Supports

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Example Strategies:

  • Community health worker roles
  • Include oral health in existing community-based parent supports

Supporting Initiatives

Strengthening
State Government's Oral Health Functions
Culture Change
Communications Campaign

Capacity Support

  • Implementation Grants
  • Data
  • Policy & Advocacy
  • Communications

Network Development

  • Build Relationships & Trust
  • Engage Community Voices
  • Focus on Equity
  • Ensure Shared Learning