Tools to Advocate
As a supplement to A State of Decay, Vol. IV, Oral Health America (OHA) has developed this set of tools, templates, and resources that you can use to advocate locally or engage in conversations about how your state is doing.
Knowing where your state ranks against others and understanding what has changed can help you decide which policies are most important.
Scores, Methods, & Terms
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State Scores: 2016 vs. 2018
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Also check out some of our State Spotlights to see how other local advocates have changed outcomes in their home states.
We suggest you use these Key Messages when speaking with your state legislators help talk about what the issues are in your state and what your ranking means in A State of Decay.
Download Key Messages
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How-to Guides & Templates
How-to: Talk About Your Score
How to Talk About Your Score (PDF 599kB)
How-to: Build An Advocacy One-Pager
Template: Custom Press Release
Template Press Release (DOCX 18kB)
Download All How-to’s
Social Media Guide
Share Oral Health America’s A State of Decay, Vol. IV report and your state’s score with your network! Use #AStateofDecay to join the conversation.
Download Social Media Guide
Where does your state stand on oral health for older Americans? Check out @Smile4health’s #AStateofDecay report to find out: astateofdecay.org Click To TweetCost is still the biggest barrier to accessing oral health care. Read #AStateofDecay to find out where your state stands and @Smile4Health’s policy recommendations astateofdecay.org Click To Tweet Since the last #AStateofDecay, an increasing number of states are taking intentional steps to advance the oral health outcomes of older adults. Read more at astateofdecay.org Click To Tweet Fact: More states have State Oral Health Plans that address older adults. Read more about what’s happened since our last #AStateofDecay report astateofdecay.org Click To Tweet No two states are the same. The new #AStateofDecay gives State Spotlights that show the creative ways states are improving older adults’ oral health outcomes astateordecay.org Click To Tweet
Oral Health America (OHA) has developed a set of policy recommendations and actions based on the issues highlighted in A State of Decay. The purpose of these recommendations is to assist advocates and to stimulate change by increasing awareness about the needs of seniors among state and federal decision-makers.
Based on the variables analyzed in this report, the following are OHA’s high-level policy recommendations:
- Reinstate, Establish, or Maintain An Extensive Adult Medicaid Dental Benefit
- Integrate Comprehensive Dental Coverage In Medicare
- Sustain Or Expand Community Water Fluoridation
- Include Specific Objectives For Older Adults In All State Oral Health Plans
- Conduct Basic Screening Surveys Of Older Adults In All States
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