Overview: Work Group Sessions
Nancy Hudepohl, PhD

Defined Problem: Access to oral health care
1st Workgroup Session
Issues/Problems
2nd Workgroup Session
Strategies/action plans
3rd Workgroup Session
Infrastructure needs & solutions
Critical
Problem
Areas
1) Generate examples of issues/problems for each category

2) Prioritize issues/problems
1) Generate
strategies
to address
prioritizd
issues/
problems
2) Develop
short-term
action plans
< 2.5 yrs
for implementing each strategy
3) Develop
long -term action plans
> 2.5 yrs
for implementng each strategy
1) Define
infrastructure needs & solutions
for each short -term action plan
2) Define
infrastructure needs & solutions
for each long -term action plan
EDUCATION
Oral health knowledge deficits in
the workforce (e.g. professional
and lay health workers).
1. Communication between professionals and lay health workers
2. Formal Education
3. Continuing Education
LEGISLATION &
PUBLIC POLICIES
Current structure of the oral health system not effectively meeting needs AMEND policies related to:
1. Current public programs for children, birth through age 18 (e.g., provider participation in Medicaid & CHIP)
2. Programs for adults (>19)
Current structure of the workforce not addressing needs AMEND Policies related to:
1. Scope and roles of workforce
2. Supply of workforce
3. Distribution of workforce
COMMUNITY-BASED ACTIONS
Lack of collaborative efforts in educating the public and promoting advocacy. 1. Integrate oral health into existing coalitions
2. Develop new coalitions

Work Group Process

May 31st - Work Group Session I: Generating Issues/Problems
Check the critical problem area assigned to your work group.
Critical Problem Areas 1. Education
Oral health knowledge deficits in the workforce (e.g. professional and lay health workers).
2. Legislation & Public Policies
a) current structure of the oral health system not effectively meeting needs
b) current structure of the workforce not addressing needs
3. Community-Based Actions
Lack of collaborative efforts in educating the public and promoting advocacy.


Agenda
11:00 Introduction
Group Introduction
11:15 Individual response
Ask group members to jot down specific issues or problems related to the listed broad
categories.
11:20 Round Robin
- Ask each group member to contribute one issue until all issues have been addressed.
- Write the issues on a chart.
12:15 Prioritize Issues/Problems
- Have group members place colored dots by their top issues to determine which issues
the group will address.
- Discuss the top five issues/problems from a standpoint of feasibility and likelihood
impact.

Examples of external influences that could impact the feasibility of addressing the
issue/ problem are: competing organizations, government policies, society/
community influences or trends, markets, the economy, lifestyles, the environment,
demographic trends and technological advances.

- Select three issues/problems by group consensus.

NOTE: Strategies, action plans and infrastructure needs and solutions will be developed for the three selected issues/problems during the other two work sessions.
12:30 Overview of second plenary session

Recorders Form

CRITICAL PROBLEM AREA:
Prioritize Issues/Problem:
List the issues/problems in order of priority
Top three:
Other issues receiving votes:

May 31st - Work Group Session II: Strategies/Action Plans

Goals for Session II:
1) Generate strategies to address prioritized issues.
2) Develop short-term (<2.5 years) action plans for implementing each strategy.
3) Develop long-term (>2.5 years) action plans for implementing each strategy.


Strategies with potential are broad ranging tactics or methods that Texas and/or communities should pursue to address the strategic areas. These strategies tend to require statewide or cross-agency effort to effect changes in identified strategic areas.

Agenda
3:00 Response to the speakers
3:05 Goal for Session II – Develop strategies for the issues
3:10 Round Robin
- Ask each group member to contribute one strategy until all strategies have been addressed.
- Write the strategies on a chart.
- Discuss the feasibility of accomplishing the strategies..
3:50 Prioritize Issues/Problems
- Have group members place colored dots by the strategies they favor.
- Discuss the top five strategies from a standpoint of feasibility and likelihood of impact.
- Select three strategies by group consensus. .
4:00 Generate short-term and long-term actions
- Brainstorm on short-term and long-term actions for the strategies selected.
4:30   Overview of the third plenary session

Recorders Form
CRITICAL PROBLEM AREA:
Issue/Problem:
Strategy:
Short-term action plans
< 2.5 years
Long-term action plans
> 2.5 years


June 1st - Work Group Session III: Infrastructure Needs & Solutions

Goals for Session III:
1) Define infrastructure needs and solutions for each short short-term (<2.5 years) action plan.
2) Define infrastructure needs and solutions for each long-term (>2.5 years) action plan.


Agenda
9:15 Response to the speakers
9:25 Goal for Session III – Infrastructure Needs & Solutions
9:30 Brainstorm
- Considering one strategy at a time, define infrastructure needs and solutions.
- Reflect on ideas generated and decide which ones to keep or amend.

Recorder's Form
CRITICAL PROBLEM AREA:
Issue/Problem:
Strategy:
Short-term action plans
< 2.5 years
Infrastructure Issues
1) Identify organizations or agencies that need to be involved.
2) Identify resource needs [people, space, equipment new funding or reallocation of funds.]

3) Identify possible means of meeting potential resource needs.
Long-term action plans
> 2.5 years
Infrastructure Issues
1) Identify organizations or agencies that need to be involved.
2) Identify resource needs [people, space, equipment new funding or reallocation of funds.]

3) Identify possible means of meeting potential resource needs.

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