Unit 1: Essential Elements
Unit 1: Essential Elements

Section 1. Partnerships and Planning

Defining Potential Partners

Expand your invitations beyond oral health professionals. While some dentists in the community will welcome a safety net dental clinic, others may need to grow to appreciate the level of need. Identify people and organizations that bring a diversity of experiences, connections, opinions, cultural beliefs, and resources to your planning efforts. Knowledge of the influential players in your community will influence who needs to be at the table.

Identify contact information for individuals and organizations to consider as partners.

image showing groups that collectively define the partnership

Source: Johnson, K. 2000. The OHIO Initiative: A Workbook for Local Leaders on Organizing and Sustaining Local Coalitions. Johnson Group Consulting: Hinseburg, VT.