New USPHS OHCC Oral Health Delivery Framework

In an effort to increase the public's understanding of the importance of oral health and its connection to overall health, the U.S. Public Health Service's (USPHS) Oral Health Coordinating Committee (OHCC) has launched the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Oral Health Strategic Framework 2014-2017.


The Frameworks provides guidance to health professionals and administrators to develop and disseminate oral health information, advance oral health public policy and research, strengthen the oral health workforce in an effort to increase oral healthcare access,  eliminate oral health disparities and ultimately eradicateoral disease.


The Framework aligns key activities to five major goals and associated strategies in response to recommendations from two Institute of Medicine (IOM) reports, Advancing Oral Health in America and Improving Access to Oral Health Care for Vulnerable and Underserved Populations. The five major goals are to:


1.Integrate oral health and primary health care

2.Prevent disease and promote oral health

3.Increase access to oral health care and eliminate disparities

4.Increase the dissemination of oral health information and improve health literacy

5.Advance oral health in public policy and research


We hope that you find this new resource helpful in building partnerships to promote oral and overall health for all!