Talking to Policymakers

While it is important to educate the public about community water fluoridation and to gain support from key community leaders, it is nearly impossible to successfully enact community water fluoridation without the support of policymakers – those who decide whether (or not) to fluoridate your community. Your Community Champions may personally know key policymakers and decision-makers, and can play a critical role in making them aware of the support for water fluoridation in the community, its health benefits, and cost savings.

Three Tips to Success

Identify the key decision-makers for community water fluoridation in your community.
Do your homework – learn as much as you can about the decision-makers.
Make sure that the “right” people are reaching out – relationships matter!