The Louisiana Statewide Oral Health Coalition is a voluntary collaborative made up of individuals and organizations from throughout the state who are dedicated to improving the oral health of all Louisianans. The first major effort of the Coalition was to create a state plan for improving the oral health of Louisiana residents. The state plan is a method to connect these agencies, improve upon their work, establish collaborations, and reach more of the state's population. Furthermore, the Coalition has made a commitment to improve oral health by utilizing evidence-based, best practices that will better use the resources at hand.
Mission: To coordinate the provision of information, resources, and services so that all people of all ages can have excellent oral health.
Vision: A Louisiana where people of all ages have excellent oral health.
How can I contribute? The Coalition is always looking for new methods and ideas for oral health programs. Membership is open to any agency, organization, or individual who demonstrates an interest in oral health for Louisiana. Your membership is desired and valued.
Areas of Focus:
•Access - Increase access to quality, comprehensive, and continuous oral health services for all Louisiana citizens throughout their life stages.
•Education - Through the use of linguistically appropriate, culturally competent materials and methods, empower Louisiana citizens to improve their oral health by changing perceptions and increasing awareness of oral health and hygiene practices.
•Prevention - Improve and maintain oral health, and prevent the progression of oral disease through interventions that address risk factors and at-risk populations.
•Surveillance and Evaluation - Maintain and expand a statewide oral health surveillance system to monitor the status of oral disease in Louisiana, improve oral health outcomes through implementation of evidence based strategies, and guide policy changes that will improve oral health for all Louisiana citizens.
•Workforce - Support the efforts to ensure the preparation, recruitment, and retention of an oral health workforce that is adequate and skilled, so that it may better serve the state's population.
How can I join? Email LAOralHealthCoalition@LA.GOV
Capital Area Agency on Aging
Children & Family Services, Head Start Program
Fluoridation Advisory Board
Governor’s Office of Elderly Affairs
Health Centers in Schools
Just Kids Dental
Louisiana Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics
Louisiana Dental Association
Louisiana Dental Hygienists Association
Louisiana Department of Education
Louisiana Department of Education – Head Start Collaboration Office
Louisiana Department of Health - Bureau of Chronic Disease and Health Promotions
Louisiana Department of Health - Bureau of Primary Care & Rural Health
Louisiana Department of Health - Medicaid
Louisiana Diabetes Educators Network
Louisiana Primary Care Association
Louisiana School Health Collaborative
LSU Health Sciences Center Pediatrics (Shreveport)
LSU Health Sciences Center School of Dentistry
Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities of LDH
Our Lady of Lake Pediatric Residency
Southeast Community Health Systems
Southeast Louisiana Area Health Education Center
University of Louisiana at Monroe, Department of Hygiene
Oral Health Coalition Webinars:
A Provider's Guide to Fluoride Varnish Applications
Oral Health Coalition Agendas & Meeting Minutes:
July 2017 Oral Health Coalition Meeting
The Fluoridation Advisory Board (FAB) was created legislatively through Act 908, of the 1997 Regular Legislative Session with the intent to assisting the Louisiana Department of Health to establish a fluoridation program for the purpose of promoting dental health of LA citizens, especially preventing tooth decay among children.
Members are appointed to serve on the board to support the initiation of Community Water Fluoridation (CWF) by promoting and educating on its invaluable benefits. The Board is supported administratively by the Oral Health Program (OHP).
The OHP through the FAB identify and fund communities when sources are available to fluoridate. Monitoring and inspections of fluoridated public water systems and ensuring safe delivery of optimally fluoridated water and implementation is ongoing.
The Fluoridation Advisory Board (FAB) last met on June 2, 2017. This board is comprised of invested Oral Health Champions throughout each region of Louisiana. This board is the result of two different pieces of legislation that created this state mandated board:
FAB Agenda & Meeting Minutes
FAB Meeting Agenda June 2, 2017
FAB Meeting Minutes June 2, 2017