A school-based dental sealant program can be initiated at the state, county, community, or school level. Programs are often spearheaded by state department of health oral health programs, community health centers, school-based health centers, or individuals or small groups who participate in the planning process.
The process of establishing a school-based dental sealant program involves several important steps, including forming a planning committee, conducting a needs assessment, and determining the geographic area, target population, and number of students eligible for the program.
The first step in establishing a school-based dental sealant program is to form a planning committee. The purpose of this committee is to design the program and to serve as the core of a larger advisory group (see Step 2, Gaining Program Support).
Planning committee members could include