New Hampshire Kids Count is collaborating with a growing list of organizational partners and individual allies to support increased access to oral health care statewide. Our efforts this year in this realm center on expanding the dental team through the creation of a Dental Hygiene Practitioner, initially proposed by SB193. Now, the bill establishes a Study Commission to examine pathways to oral health care for underserved populations.
Our partners believe this study will help build the case that addressing the dental workforce must be part of any long-term strategy to bridge the gaps in our system of oral care access. The Commission would present an opportunity for partners to educate the legislature and the public about how a Dental Hygiene Practitioner would help address these needs.
Would your organization like to support this effort?
To add your organization or name to the list of supporters, please contact Dental Access Alliance Coordinator Laurel Redden at LRedden@nhkidscount.org.
Our current organizational partners include:
- American Federation of Teachers-NH
- Business & Industry Association of New Hampshire
- Community Crossroads
- Community Support Network, Inc. (CSNI)
- Dental Health Works
- Disabilities Rights Center
- EngAGING NH
- Every Child Matters in NH
- Granite State Independent Living
- League of Women Voters NH
- National Association of Social Workers NH
- NH CAN
- New Hampshire Community Action Association
- New Hampshire Health Care Association
- NH Council for Children & Adolescents with Chronic Health Conditions
- New Hampshire Council on Developmental Disabilities
- NH Dental Hygienists Association
- NH Emergency Nurses Association
- NH Kids Count
- NH Local Welfare Administrators Association
- NH School Nurses Association
- State Committee on Aging
- St. Vincent de Paul Society Exeter
- The Family Resource Center at Gorham
- United Valley Interfaith Project