The ACFF Positive Policy Change Network is the branch of the ACFF which focuses on influencing and advising developments in Government policy with a focus on improving oral health for all. Through being invited into discussions with Health Department teams to help shape the formation of new policy, forming links with other NGO’s working for similar goals and a series of ‘Policy Lab’ events held in conjunction with the Policy Institute at King’s College London, the network aims to catalyse change within health systems and ensure that prevention is moved up the agenda.
For further details on some of the PPCN Projects, please click on the relevant section below.
Universal Health Coverage: Taking the Oral Health argument to the UN
In 2019, the ACFF was invited to join a group of NGO’s and Policy change advocates who are looking to put Oral Health onto the agenda for the UN General Assembly HLM on Universal Health Coverage which will take place the day before the General debate in September 2019. This group has aligned and published a statement expressing the concerns over the need for Oral Health to be included in the definition of Universal Health Coverage which will be presented to relevant stakeholders for discussion around the UN General Assembly HLM.
Dental Policy Lab 2018: Towards Paying for Health in Dentistry
‘How can we create and implement acceptable prevention-based dental payment systems to achieve and maintain health outcomes?’
This question was the focus of the second ACFF Policy Lab, held in conjunction with the King’s College London Dental Institute and the Policy Institute at King’s. The meeting took place in London on the 23-24th July 2018 and brought together 35 participants from around the globe.
The meeting followed on from the success of the 2017 Policy Lab, ‘Towards a Cavity-Free Future: How do we accelerate a policy shift towards increased resource allocation for caries prevention and control?’. The 2017 report can be found here: https://bit.ly/2Q47mSt
Participants came together for this two day meeting to focus on addressing the complexities of designing dental payment systems which better encourage and reward preventive treatment. Government officials and policy influencers, along with practitioner groups, health economists, academics, public health groups and NGOs were among the handpicked attendees brought together to initiate this discussion, called for as one of the ‘next steps’ following the publication of the 2017 Policy Lab report.
Dental Policy Lab 2017: Towards a Cavity-Free Future
On July 28-29th 2017, the ACFF facilitated the first in a series of 2 day Policy Lab meetings. With participants from around the world, and with the involvement of multiple Chief Dental Officers, Public Health groups, the BDA and representatives from across all faces of dentistry, the focus of the session was to answer the question ‘How do we accelerate a policy shift towards increased resource allocation for caries prevention and control?’
The success in bringing together such a varied group for the session allowed for a holistic discussion of the issue at hand, and following 24 hours of in depth, varied discourse, the attendees agreed that this is an important and truly a multi-faceted challenge.
When looking at shifting to a preventive focus, there is a need to look at caries prevention and control for both a) excluded and vulnerable groups with limited access to dental care and b) groups who already have access to care but where treatment is still too surgically focussed. In order to do this, there are at multiple stakeholders we need to consider, all of whom have contrasting views on the legitimacy, attractiveness and economic viability of pushing for preventive caries care.
Moving forward, these groups all need to be brought to the table throughout the process, especially when we are investing in long term activity to shift public, professional and industry behaviour with regards to prevention. It was resolved by the group that useful, mid-term next steps would be to find a way to demonstrate the monetary value of a cavity- free future, and to look into ways to promote models for prevention focused payment systems for dentists, better equipping the dental and related health workforces to deliver effective caries prevention and management.
Attendees left the Lab enthused, with a view to developing a range of ideas both individually and collectively on how best to advance progress in this field with their stakeholder organisations.
2018 Policy Lab Report
2017 Policy Lab Report