Thank goodness we’ve got some great leaders to guide our work.

Building school-linked oral health programs isn’t about reinventing the wheel.  It’s more about studying the evolution of the wheel and adapting lessons learned from those who have rolled down this path before you.

Here is a comprehensive list of key oral health players and the language they use.  This resource can help you generate ideas by learning about what’s been done and what works in the effort promote oral health.

AcronymOrganizationDescription
AAPDAmerican Association of Pediatric DentistsAdvocates for children’s oral health.
ABCDAccess to Baby and Child DentistryFocuses on preventive and restorative dental care for Medicaid-eligible children from birth through age five with an emphasis on the first dental visit by age one.
ACAAffordable Care Act Affordable Care Act was passed by Congress and then signed into law by the President on March 23, 2010.
ACCAccountable Care Collaborative
A new Medicaid program to improve clients’ health and reduce costs. Client’s will receive the regular Medicaid benefit package, and will also belong to a ”Regional Care Collaborative Organization” (RCCO).
ACOAccountable Care Organization
ACO’s are comprised of seven RCCOs. Groups of doctors, hospitals, and other health care providers, who come together voluntarily to give coordinated high quality care to their Medicare patients. RCCOs are ACOs.
ADAAmerican Dental Association
The ADA is the largest dental association and is a patient-centered, science-based and ethically-driven association.
ADHAAmerican Dental Hygienists AssociationProvides up-to-date information on emerging technologies, legislative developments, professional and educational opportunities, etc.
AHECArea Health Education CentersThere are six regional AHECs that work to build state-wide network capacity and strengthen academic-community linkages in four core mission areas.
ASOAdministrative Service OrganizationAn arrangement in which an employer hires a 3rd party to deliver administrative services to the employer such as claims processing and billing; the employer bears the risk for claims. DentaQuest is HCPFs ASO.
ASTDDAssociation of State and Territorial Dental DirectorsA national non-profit representing the directors and staff of state public health agency programs for oral health.
BSSBasic Screening SurveyA child’s oral health screening conducted every three to five years.
CALPHOColorado Association of Local Public Health OfficialsThe Colorado organization representing local public health agencies.
CASBHCColorado Association of School Based Health CentersConnection, collaboration and care to expand SBHC.
CCCRColorado Central Cancer RegistryStatewide cancer surveillance program including oral cavity and pharynx data.
CCHAPColorado Children’s Healthcare Access ProgramDevoted to advancing health equity and improving outcomes by promoting comprehensive, cost-effective, coordinated, quality health care for all children.
CCHNColorado Community Health NetworkThe CCHN represents CO’s 19 Community Health Centers (CHCs) that together are the backbone of the primary health care safety-net in Colorado.
CDAColorado Dental AssociationFocuses on raising oral health awareness and to better communicate with those interested in dental issues in CO.
CDCCenters for Disease Control and PreventionThe Division of Oral Health (DOH) works to improve the oral health of the nation and reduce inequalities in oral health.
CDHAColorado Dental Hygienists’ AssociationVolunteer organization made up of registered dental hygienists in CO who promote access to quality care, increase awareness, promote education, licensure, etc.
CDPHEColorado Department of Public Health and Environment

Regulates environmental health and safety and compiles vital statistics (birth, death, and health) for the state of Colorado.
CHI- and put- CHI has numerous fact sheets and reports on oral health, the oral health workforce, and other areas of health.
CF3Cavity Free at ThreePreventative dental care to children and pregnant women by providing health care providers that work in the medical, public health and dental communities the skills and resources necessary to prevent dental caries.
CHIColorado Health InstituteCHI provides evidence-based information that can help policy-makers reach sound decisions through six key areas.
CHP+Child Health Plan PlusLow-cost health insurance for Colorado’s uninsured children and pregnant women.
CORHIOColorado Regional Health Information OrganizationA nonprofit dedicated to improving health care for all Coloradans through health information exchange. Meaningful use information.
CSDMUniversity of Colorado School of Dental MedicineCU School of Dental Medicine partner with organizations dedicated to addressing oral health disparities throughout our communities, through strong collaborations.
Denver HealthDenver Health School-Based Health CentersDenver Health’s School-Based Health Centers provide primary care, mental health, reproductive health education and insurance enrollment assistance services to Denver Public School students. Some centers provide oral health services.
DORADepartment of Regulatory AgenciesRegulatory entity of dental licensing for dentists, hygienists, etc.
EBPHEvidence-Based Public HealthInvolves making decisions based on the best available scientific evidence to develop, implement, and evaluate effective programs and policies in public health.
ECCEarly Childhood Councils of ColoradoECCs include early learning, family support and parent education, social, emotional, and mental health, and general health.
ECCEarly Childhood CariesECCs is the presence of one or more decayed, missing or filled tooth surfaces in any primary tooth in a preschool-age child between birth and 71 months of age.
HCPFColorado Department of Health Care Policy and FinancingAdministers the Medicaid and Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) programs as well as a variety of other health care programs.
HPV-STIHuman Papillomavirus and Sexually Transmitted InfectionGenital human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common STI. There are more than 40 HPV types that can infect the genital areas of males and females, and infect the mouth and throat.
HRSAHealth Research and Services AdministrationExploring ways to improve the oral health of underserved people, improve access to oral health care, increase awareness of the connection between oral health and overall health, promote prevention, and improve oral health literacy to health providers and patients alike.
KINDKids in Need of DentistryProvides high quality, comprehensive dental care and education to kids in need throughout Colorado.
LPHALocal Public Health AgencyThe state is served by 55 local public health agencies covering 64 beautiful counties.
MCH-CDPHEMaternal and Child HealthTo optimize the health and well-being of the maternal and child health population by employing primary prevention and early intervention public health strategies.
OHCOOral Health ColoradoStatewide oral health coalition which is focused on developing and promoting strategies that achieve optimal oral health for all Coloradans.
Oral Health UnitColorado Department of Public Health and Environment- Oral Health UnitThe Oral Health Program is working to show connections to general health, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, tobacco, school health, seniors, and pregnancy outcomes,
PCMPPrimary Care Medical ProviderServes as a medical home for a Medicaid patient in a RCCO.
PNCHWPatient Navigator/Community Health WorkerActs as a liaison between families and medical personnel
RCCORegional Care Collaborative OrganizationSeven RCCOs were developed by HCPF to implement Accountable Care in Colorado.
RHCFederally certified Rural Health ClinicsThese federally qualified health clinics are certified to receive special Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement.
RMCMRonald McDonald Care MobileDelivers cost-effective medical and dental services directly to children in their own neighborhoods. There are multiple websites based on location.
SBHC School Based Health CentersSBHCs are clinics located within school buildings or on school campuses, which provide medical and behavioral health care to youth. Some centers provide oral health services.
SEALSSealant Efficiency Assessment for Locals and StatesSoftware that helps states and communities evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of their school dental sealant programs.
SSBSugar Sweetened Beverage SSBs are the largest source of added sugar in the U.S. diet. Include any drink with added sugar such as soda/pop, fruit juice, sweetened teas, blended coffee, energy and sports drinks.
USPSTFU.S. Preventive Services Task ForceAn independent panel of experts in primary care and prevention who systematically reviews the evidence of effectiveness and develops recommendations for clinical preventive services and may include gynecologists/obstetricians, nurses, and health behavior specialists).
FQHCFederally Qualified Health CentersFederally Qualified Health Centers are community-based health care providers that receive funds from the HRSA Health Center Program to provide primary care services in underserved areas. They must meet a stringent set of requirements, including providing care on a sliding fee scale based on ability to pay and operating under a governing board that includes patients.