Why Oral Health Champions?
To successfully implement an oral health activity, you need to sell your message. A champion can make this happen by influencing the prioritization of oral health throughout your organization:
“As I better understood the issue and the impact of oral health on the overall health and well-being of seniors [through the information provided by a champion within our organization], I’m more inclined to allocate discretionary dollars to fund this issue.”
Lori Brown, Executive Director, Southeast Washington Aging & Long Term Care
Oral health champions:
- Provide a strong voice and powerful visibility for oral health in your community.
- Promote partnerships and alliances to promote oral health.
- Increase awareness and knowledge of resources in your community.
- Present oral health messages to policy makers and other community leaders.
The results of program activities may be immediate; or, the results of advocacy may take time. Keep planting seeds wherever you go. You may be amazed at the future impact of your efforts!