This investment supports the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics (PAAAP) to act as the backbone organization for the Pennsylvania Oral Health Collective Impact Initiative (POHCII), which in addition to PAAAP includes the Pennsylvania Head Start Association (PHSA), the Pennsylvania Coalition for Oral Health (PCOH), and the Pennsylvania Association of Community Health Centers (PACHC). The POHCII partners will work together to collaboratively change the culture in Pennsylvania to one that recognizes oral health as an essential component of overall health. Specifically, the four partner organizations will work in a unified and aligned effort to cultivate a statewide collective network, lead policy development, and expand educational outreach. By doing so, PAAAP, PHSA, PCOH, and PACHC will support improvement across all four systems, and will help achieve the Oral Health 2020 goals of eradicating dental disease in children with closing of disparity gaps and ensuring the inclusion of an extensive adult benefit in publicly funded health coverage. $562,333 will support the coordination and implementation of the proposed work across four organizations and include staff time, operations, travel and meeting expenses, and project materials.
Thursday, January 1, 2015