Prop 56 Cigarette Taxes Raise Money for Early Childhood Oral Health

From the First 5 Association:

“CDPH has released the county allocation amounts for the new Local Oral Health Program funded by Proposition 56. ┬áThis new program is intended to support implementation of the state’s Oral Health Plan, which includes a heavy emphasis on children 0-5. As described in the June letter, Local Health Jurisdictions are expressly urged to coordinate with their First 5 commissions.

For most counties this will be a significant increase in local resources for oral health education targeting pregnant mothers and young children. ”

Many First 5 counties are significantly funding county early childhood oral health efforts (until our significant cut last year, we were in the top 5 counties in percentage of our revenue dedicated for oral health). The Association is urging counties to reach out and partner with their county public health folks. Locally, the Pediatric Oral Health Initiative Leadership Team (POHILT) is doing great work to increase access to pediatric oral health education and services. Last year, Redwood Community Action Agency greatly increased their work in early childhood oral health education, funded through a SAMSHA grant. First 5 Humboldt reduced its investment in early childhood oral health for this current fiscal year.