Now in its third iteration, the Idaho Oral Health Improvement Plan continues to serve as a roadmap for improving the health of all who live in Idaho. By working together, oral health and medical providers, public health professionals, educators, and other oral health champions can make a difference. The prevention of oral disease, increased access to care, education around safe and effective dental disease prevention measures, health equity, and improved infrastructure and policy all have direct impact and improve oral health. Achieving optimal oral health for Idahoans, especially in times of disruption, means undertaking historic initiatives. Whether community water fluoridation, medical-dental collaboration, or innovative approaches (including teledentistry, minimally invasive treatments like silver diamine fluoride (SDF), and value-based care models), the oral health landscape is forever changing and requires continuous adaptation.
• Objective 1: Understand how the newest statewide improvement plan was created.
• Objective 2: Learn how Goals, Objectives, and general progress will be measured and reported.
• Objective 3: Explore ways partners can participate and contribute to the success of the plan and improved health outcomes for Idahoans.
Jennifer Wheeler is honored to serve as the executive director of the Idaho Oral Health Alliance. She has over 30 years of nonprofit leadership experience and is the owner of WRG Corporate Services, a consulting business that “helps organizations get organized.” The IOHA is a statewide nonprofit with a mission to lead collaborative efforts to bring optimal oral health to Idahoans through education, advocacy, and program development. All oral health champions are welcome to join as dues-paying members. More information can be found at www.idahooralhealth.org
Matt Zaborowski is the Health Program Manager for the Idaho Oral Health Program. The Idaho Oral Health Program is within the Bureau of Community and Environmental Health, Division of Public Health. The Idaho Oral Health Program, established in 1951, serves as the primary source of oral health surveillance and community-based oral disease prevention programs. As Program Manager, Matt serves in the capacity of State Dental Director with the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors. Before coming to work for the Idaho Department of Health & Welfare, he worked in several dental offices as a dental assistant/infection control monitor and treatment coordinator. Matt is passionate and enjoys collaborating with partners to ensure oral health is a priority to improve oral health outcomes.