We share a commitment to the definition of Health Equity developed by the national Oral Health Progress & Equity Network (OPEN) of which we are partners:

Health equity is attainment of the highest level of health for all people. Achieving health equity requires:

  • Valuing everyone equally
  • Focusing on societal efforts to address avoidable inequalities
  • Recognizing and rectifying historical injustices
  • Addressing contemporary injustices
  • Eliminating health and healthcare disparities, and
  • Assuring structural and personal conditions are in place to support optimal health.

(Adapted from Healthy People 2020 and Dr. Camara Jones)

Ensuring all children and families have the opportunity and the tools for good oral health is at the heart of our shared mission, with health equity as a core principle of the work that we do across all areas of the Network. One key is to build relationships with community-based organizations representing groups who have been underserved by our existing dental care system, listening deeply to understand the wide range experiences and perspectives that impact how people see and utilize the tools for oral health. We also contribute funding to help support the participation of community organizations in the Network’s activities, and their efforts to engage community members in identifying systemic changes that will improve oral health and ensure better access to the care that is needed in their communities.

Grants to Promote Oral Health Equity

We offer grants to organizations who work with a population underserved by Maine's oral health care system. The Network wants to learn from experiences of oral health inequity and help support efforts to advocate for the oral health needs of the community. The Network offers a small grant opportunity to support engagement in collaborative efforts to make sure all Mainers have equal opportunities for good oral health.

If you are interested in getting involved with this effort, please fill out our form.

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