OCC’s purpose is to improve the quality of life for oral cancer patients through financial support so that they may face the world with peace and dignity during and after medical treatment.
We envision the day of early oral cancer detection for all and a time when oral cancer patients can focus on recovery without the burden of monthly financial woes during treatment.
Dental Lifeline Network is a national nonprofit organization, founded in 1974, that provides access to dental care and education for people who cannot afford it and…
- have a permanent disability or
- who are elderly: age 65 or older or
- who are medically fragile
Under the flagship program, Donated Dental Services (DDS), dental care is provided through a national network of 15,000 volunteer dentists and 3,600 volunteer laboratories. Every dollar donated to Dental Lifeline Network generates $9 in care through Donated Dental Services (DDS).
The Oral Health Nursing Education and Practice (OHNEP) Program aims to advance a national nursing oral health agenda through faculty development, curriculum integration, and establishment of “best practices” in clinical settings whereby oral health is a key component of overall health care provided by Registered Nurses (RN), Nurse Practitioners (NP), and Midwives (MW). The OHNEP Program is committed to increasing interprofessional oral health workforce capacity by preparing the nursing workforce with the interprofessional oral health core competencies necessary to integrate oral health assessment, diagnosis, and management, including collaboration and referral, as an integral component of nursing practice. The OHNEP Program supports collaboration by Nurse Practitioners, Midwives, and Registered Nurses with key stakeholders on interprofessional teams across health systems to promote national efforts to expand oral health access, reduce oral health disparities, and improve oral health and overall health outcomes across the lifespan.