There is growing recognition that the places where individuals live, learn, work, and play significantly influence their oral health. Addressing these social determinants in a community can lead to improved access to oral health care, utilization, and outcomes.

This technical assistance brief describes a framework for assessing and creating partnerships to improve social determinants related to oral health. It outlines how United Way of Central Jersey — which participated in a CHCS-led learning collaborative on addressing social determinants of oral health — applied the framework in developing its Parent Promotoras model to improve oral health for low-income children.