WHO ARE WE? WHAT DO WE DO?
The 2016 California Healthcare, Research and Prevention Tobacco Tax Act (Proposition 56), approved by voters, provided $30 million annually to the California Department of Public Health, Oral Health Program for the purpose of building capacity and infrastructure for the development, implementation and evaluation of best practices and evidence-based programs in oral disease prevention.
Local Oral Health Program
In 2018, Trinity County Health and Human Services, Public Health Division was awarded a five-year grant (2018-2022) from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) to establish a Local Oral Health Program (LOHP) in Trinity County for the purpose and goal of educating about oral health, dental disease prevention, and linkage to treatment of dental disease including dental disease caused by the use of cigarettes and other tobacco products. California Oral Health Program provides guidance the Trinity County Oral Health Program (TCOHP) which is tasked with conducting activities at the local level that support California Oral Health Plan (COHP) goals and objectives aimed at improving the oral health of all Californians.
The TCOHP convened the Trinity County Advisory Committee, which brought together community partners and stakeholders in order to provide oral health expertise, leverage existing funding and oral health resources and guide TCOHP activities. The advisory committee works together with the TCOHP to identify best practices, goals and strategies that support increased oral health literacy, dental disease prevention, access to care and advocate for policies that promote oral health equity, and lead long-term improvements oral health for all Trinity County residents, with a focus on the county's most vulnerable and underserved populations.