Association‌ of‌ State‌ &‌ Territorial‌ Dental‌ Directors
3858‌ Cashill Blvd.,‌ Reno,‌ NV‌ ‌89509
Phone‌ 775-626-5008‌‌ Fax‌ 775-626-9268

The Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors (ASTDD) is a national non-profit organization representing the directors and staff of state public health agency programs for oral health. It was organized in 1948 and is one of 17 affiliates of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO). ASTDD formulates and promotes the establishment of national dental public health policy, assists state dental programs in the development and implementation of programs and policies for the prevention of oral diseases; builds awareness and strengthens dental public health professionals' knowledge and skills by developing position papers and policy statements; provides information on oral health to health officials and policy makers, and conducts conferences for the dental public health community.

A strong and effective governmental oral health presence in states and territories to assure optimal oral health.

ASTDD provides leadership to promote a governmental oral health presence in each state and territory, to formulate and promote sound oral health policy, to increase awareness of oral health issues, and to assist in the development of initiatives for prevention and control of oral diseases.

The ASTDD Membership consists of the chief dental public health officer (state dental director) of the state health department or equivalent agency, and the U. S. Territories. ASTDD also offers Individual or Organizational Associate Membership which is open to any public agency, voluntary organization, tribal entity and/or health professionals employed or interested in dental public health. Members and Associate members serve on and chair committee's or work groups, receive the ASTDD newsletter, are enrolled on the ASTDD list serve, and participate in the ASTDD Annual Business Meeting held in conjunction with the annual National Oral Health Conference. Individual Associate member dues are $75.00 per year. Organizational Associate Membership dues are $400 per year.

For more information about ASTDD or to apply for Associate Membership, contact Ms. Christine Wood, ASTDD Executive Director, at

ASTDD Key Messages

State Oral Health Programs make an essential contribution to public health and must be continued and enhanced. Resources to Support ASTDD Key Messages.

  • 1. A successful SOHP must have diversified funding that includes funding for state and local evidence-based programs.
  • 2. A successful SOHP needs a continuous, strong, credible, forward-thinking leader.
  • 3. A successful SOHP needs a complement of staff, consultants and partners with proficiency in the ASTDD Competencies for SOHPs.
  • 4. A successful SOHP needs one or more broad-based coalitions that include partners with fiscal and political clout.
  • 5. A successful SOHP must have valid data (oral health status and other) to use for evaluation, high quality oral health surveillance, a state oral health plan with implementation strategies, and evidence-based programs and policies.

Announcements, Publications & Documents

  • Nutrition Education and Healthy Eating in School Settings - In this policy statement, the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors, explores the relationship between nutrition education and healthy eating in schools and expresses support for the inclusion and expansion of oral health in school nutrition curricula and the promotion of healthy foods served on campus following evidence-based practices to reduce the risk of dental caries and to promote health and well being. (March 2015)
  • Maternal and Child Health National Performance Measure Summary and Detailed Overview - The measures and the process states use for the application, needs assessment, and reporting for the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) block grant has changed. There are numerous opportunities to promote and integrate oral health into a state's MCH needs assessment, Title V application, and Title V reporting. This document includes a one-page summary and then a multi-page detailed overview of the changes along with suggested strategies to promote oral health in states using the new framework. (March 2015)
  • Partnership Evaluation Webinar - Internal and external partnerships are a necessity for State Oral Health Programs today. When effective, they make it possible to reach diverse audiences, leverage existing resources and acquire new ones, and increase the impact of public oral health programs. Partnerships do not materialize overnight-they take focused attention and time to develop, stabilize, and grow. Planning, continuously monitoring, and evaluating partnerships should be addressed in every State Oral Health Program's evaluation plan. This webcast enhanced knowledge of key concepts related to partnership evaluation, evaluation tools, and things to consider when undertaking partnership evaluations. B.J. Tatro, PhD addressed topics including when to do partnership evaluation, how to match evaluation questions and evaluation tools to the partnership's stage of development, methods to use, stakeholders to involve, and how to utilize results to strengthen partnerships. Examples from states that are planning or conducting internal and external partnership evaluations were used and resources were shared. (February 2015)
    Partnership Evaluation Webinar PowerPoint
  • Oral Health Matters -The winter 2015 edition of the ASTDD newsletter; meet members and associate members, check out state shots, and much more. (February 2015)
  • ASTDD Services - ASTDD provides state and territorial oral health programs with technical assistance, support and learning opportunities to help them build effective programs and systems, and implement environmental change strategies.  This brochure describes the various types of technical assistance with associated tools and resources available from ASTDD. (February 2015)
  • Home Visitor Environmental Scan: As part of National Center on Health (NCH) activities, the ASTDD Early Childhood Oral Health Committee, Home Visiting Subcommittee, conducted an environmental scan to identify available educational resources for home visitors and infants and children in Early Head Start (EHS) and Head Start (HS) home-based programs and their families. After identifying and reviewing existing resources, the committee identified gaps and opportunities to promote oral health to infants and children in EHS/HS home-based programs and their families. The appendices contains a complete listing of the available oral resources that were reviewed. (December 2014)
  • ASTDD Annual Report 2013 (May 2014)

Upcoming Meetings

Save the Date!
2015 National Oral Health Conference
April 27 - 29, 2015; Pre-Conference April 25 - 26, 2015
Kansas City, Missouri

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