We would like to share an initiative that has been developed for some time by researchers in the field of collective oral health, and in December 2016 culminated in the dream of creating the “Latin American Observatory of Public Policies in Oral Health.”
The Ibero-American Observatory of Public Policies in Oral Health, aims to bring together researchers from Latin America, Central America and Spain, who are dedicated to the study of public policies on oral health in their countries and abroad.
This group aims to promote research in the area and increase collaboration among member countries, so that research in the area of ??public health and collective oral health can gain quality and quantity of publications and cooperation. A strengthened collaboration network among our neighbors can establish new theoretical frameworks that allow us to advance in the construction of a health system model that has oral health as one of its priorities and that is capable of provide comprehensive health care in a fair and socially sustainable way.
At the same time, the group should develop educational material that will enable and stimulate discussion about the issue of insertion of oral health in health systems worldwide. Both in undergraduate and postgraduate courses, but fundamentally in society in general, the discussion on public health and the inclusion of comprehensive and universal attention to the population is a priority. It is not possible to guarantee comprehensive care to individuals and communities without guaranteeing access to oral health care at all levels of care, and this should be a fundamental right of citizenship.
Our group believes that information is a strategic tool for empowerment as a pressure from society and that it is a catalyst for the political will and interest on the part of the public policy makers so that we can guarantee an effective health for all.