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Gaining Program Support

Gaining Program Support

Gaining and maintaining community support is key to the success of a school-based dental sealant program. This step involves considering all individuals and organizations that could provide financial, in-kind, and political support for the program. Such individuals and organizations may include

  • Local oral health community
  • Dental and dental hygiene association representatives
  • School board members
  • School administrators and staff
  • School health advisory committees
  • Parents
  • Head Start programs
  • Parent teacher associations (PTAs)
  • Child advocacy organizations or coalitions
  • Social service agencies
  • Health departments and safety-net clinics
  • Boards of health
  • County commissioners
  • City council members
  • State legislators
  • Business leaders
  • Potential funders (e.g., private foundations and philanthropic organizations)
  • Third-party payors
  • Faith-based organizations
  • Community service clubs (e.g., Elks, Junior League, Kiwanis, Moose, Shriners)
  • Union chapters (e.g., American Federation of Teachers, National Education Association)
  • Financial institutions (e.g., banks, credit unions)