OPEN is supported and managed by an infrastructure and group of leaders that are responsible for cultivating and engaging current members, and for bringing in new members. This is accomplished through a range of activities such as: keeping members informed and asking for their input around network activities and progress; weaving existing members together, including hosting networking forums; providing technical assistance and resources; and responding to emergent needs.


The National Oral Health Connection Team (NOHCT)

This group of 21 members (seven from each “blade” level) guides and weaves the Network by Interacting, listening, and communicating the interests of the Network in on-going projects, policies, and positions intended to change systems so that everyone has an equitable chance to thrive.

Regional Oral Health Connection Teams (ROHCT)

These teams “hold the center” of their region ­—meaning they ensure shared best practices, implement team learning agendas, and communicate state accomplishments and challenges.

Network Response Teams (NRTs)

These teams function as action and/or learning communities around topics of interest to OPEN  and the oral health community. 2020 NRTs include:

  • Action for Medicare Dental Learning Collaborative
  • Data

  • Medicaid Adult Dental Benefits Learning Collaborative
  • Native Oral Health Network

  • Policy

  • Public Perception

  • Rural