The Oral Health Needs Assessment Program(OHNAP) is a program is for communities to explore oral health needs and determine a plan to address oral health needs.
The Illinois OHNAP is modified from the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors (ASTDD) 7 step OHNAP. This program allows a specific community or local health department to go through a planned process to understand the level of oral health needs in their area and design a plan to address this need within the Community.
The project cycle consists of forming a diverse advisory committee, formulating goals for the community needs assessment, developing the needs assessment, surveying availability of existing data, identifying perceived community needs and coming up with an action plan.
The development of a comprehensive community oral health plan will address these goals with a written report that includes assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation.
This program is made possible through funding from the Illinois Maternal and Child Block Grant. Contact DPH.OralHealth@illinois.gov for more information on applying or to see if your community has conducted an OHNAP.