The Dental Health Program (DHP) is a component of the Division of Prevention and Health Promotion within the Office of Family Health Services of the Virginia Department of Health (VDH). The DHP is comprised of a program manager, a supervisory dentist, six program coordinators, ten community-based dental hygienists, ten community-based dental assistants, two data entry specialists, two administrative staffs, as well as billing support staff. The VDH DHP strives to improve the oral health of all Virginians, across their lifespan.
The DHP provides many programs and activities to include:
- Educational activities and resources to a wide variety of partner groups to promote proper oral hygiene and support prevention services and access to dental care
- Direct clinical preventive services and assistance with establishing a dental home
- Quality assurance reviews to assure a competent public health oral health workforce
- Surveillance and evaluation activities to monitor and track dental disease rates and trends and for assessment of program effectiveness and planning