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  • Pierce County Local Impact Network

    Everyone deserves access to good oral health

    Pierce County Local Impact Network (LIN) brings together people and groups from our community to improve oral health for those who need it most.

    Partners like you can help us move closer to oral health equity!

    Why we need to act

    According to the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFFS), 38.8% of Pierce County adults have had at least one permanent tooth removed because of decay or gum disease. Rates of decay are even higher among low-income communities and Black, Indigenous, and People of Color.

    Fewer disparities, more smiles.

    Oral health disparities are widespread. That’s why we use strategies that:

    • Help underserved populations access care.
    • Test new care approaches. 
    • Increase the number of dentists serving Medicaid patients.
    • Connect people to dental care.
    • Promote targeted messages to help people make healthy decisions and change community norms.
    • Grow a diverse dental-assistant workforce.
    • Provide oral health preventive services in healthcare settings

    Learn more about our anchor strategies and how you can get involved. 

      We’ve already made progress together!

      Our partners have worked together to:

      • Identify a local backbone organization and network manager.
      • Help develop LIN’s structure and governance.
      • Regularly convene about 60 people from more than 20 local organizations.
      • Launch 5 Anchor Strategies to move LIN’s efforts forward.
      • Organize monthly Dental Resource Days with Sumner Community Food Bank.
      • Begin the process to bring more oral health services to Primary Care clinics.
      • Engage hundreds of Community Health Workers (CHWs) to understand the needs of the workforce.

      Get involved

      Tell us about your organization and share your ideas! To learn more or join, contact LIN Manager Chelsea Eickert at ceickert@tpchd.org.

      Oral health resources

      Access to Baby and Child Dentistry

      Find affordable dental care in Pierce County

      Comprehensive Community Oral Health Program

      Get connected to a dentist

      Sumner Community Food Bank

      Get connected. Get help.

      Anchor Strategies 

      Our anchor strategies improve oral health in Pierce County.

      Access to care

      • Weave together paths to care for people who need it most.
      • Test new care approaches, including telecare.
      • Increase the number of dentists who serve Medicaid patients.
      • Lead organizationHealthy Generations.
      • To learn more or get involved, contact Julie Peterson at juliep@healthygen.org.

      Care coordination

      • Connect people to dental care that accepts their insurance or provides no- or low-cost services.
      • Lead organizationElevate Health.
      • To learn more or get involved, contact Laureen Tomich at laureen@elevatehealth.org.

      Community education

      • Promote targeted messages to help people make healthy decisions and change community norms.
      • Lead organizationUnited Way 211.
      • To learn more or get involved, contact Penni Bilcher at pennib@uwpc.org.

      Medical-dental integration

      • Provide oral health preventive services in healthcare settings.
      • Connect patients with local dental providers for routine care.
      • Lead organizationCommunity Health Care.
      • To learn more or get involved, contact Dr. Jeff Reynolds jreynolds@commhealth.org.

      Workforce development