NRHA National Rural Oral Health Initiative

The National Rural Oral Health Initiative is the combined effort of the National Rural Health Association and the DentaQuest Foundation to improve oral health disparities in rural America through policy, communications, education and research. As oral health issues have long impacted those living in rural communities, the activities included in this initiative are designed to enhance access to quality oral health care.

If you are part of an organization with programs, models, or policy aimed at enhancing access to quality rural oral health care, consider completing a submission form to be included in NRHA’s 2020 compendium of best oral health practices in rural communities.

NRHA is pleased to release its 2017 Compendium of Rural Oral Health Best Practices.
The specific purpose of the National Rural Oral Health Initiative is to provide leadership on rural oral health care with the intent to establish oral health care as part of primary care, thereby increasing health care access for all rural Americans.
The initiative is focused on:
  • Policy: Development of a special rural oral health interest group to provide policy recommendations/analysis that target legislative and regulatory barriers.
  • Communications: Disseminate rural oral health information and a compendium of best practices via NRHA.
  • Education: Integrate rural oral health-related tracks within NRHA conferences, rural community health worker training, and within strategies utilized by state rural health associations.
  • Research: Advance rural oral health-related research and policy.

Resources and information

NRHA Rural Oral Health Compendium

Water fluorination information/resources:    


The DentaQuest Foundation is the leading U.S. philanthropy focused solely on oral health. The foundation is supporting the development of the Oral Health 2020 network, a group of partners committed to working collectively at the national, state and community levels to eradicate dental disease in children and improve lifelong oral health. The DentaQuest Foundation is the philanthropic arm of DentaQuest.
For more information, contact Laura Hudson at 202-639-0550.