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.
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 yearlong initiative will focus 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.

Call for submissions for National Rural Oral Health Initiative Compendium

NRHA will accept submissions related to rural oral health surrounding best practices and models for access to care, innovative collaborations, public-private partnerships, reimbursement methods, and workforce. The compendium’s purpose is to help highlight best practices and inform rural health stakeholders.

The submission deadline is Jan. 26.

Submission and general information:
  • Incomplete submissions will not be reviewed.
  • During the review process, it is possible that NRHA staff will contact the submitter(s) with questions or request for revisions from the review committee.
  • Letters of acceptance will be emailed by mid-February.
  • The compendium will be posted on NRHA Rural Oral Health Initiative webpage and will be available for dissemination.

Fill out a submission form to be considered for the 2017 National Rural Oral Health Initiative’s compendium of best practices and models. Best practices not submitted through this form will not be considered. Contact Lolita Jadotte at 202-639-0550 with questions.

Resources and information



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.