Michigan Oral Health Coalition is a 501c3 non-profit whose mission is to improve oral health in Michigan by focusing on prevention, health promotion, oral health data, access and the link between oral health and overall health. With more than 120 members, the Coalition is comprised of primary care clinicians, oral health clinicians, dental benefit providers, advocacy and provider organizations, state and local government officials, and consumers working together to improve oral health in Michigan.
In 2003, Michigan received a grant from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to develop and implement a five-year plan to improve the oral health of Michigan residents. Towards this effort, the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) contracted with Michigan Primary Care Association (MPCA) to provide support and assistance in the development of a statewide Oral Health Coalition.
On December 11, 2003, MDCH and MPCA hosted a Coalition kick-off event with more than 130 people in attendance. At this event, MDCH Director Janet Olszewski stressed the important role of the Coalition and the commitment of MDCH to assist the Coalition in the development of a plan of action for submission to the State. At the kick-off, participants identified a mission, outlined important issues and described oral health assets in Michigan. In 2005, the Coalition received 501(c)3 status, began member recruitment, drafted bylaws, and increased its advocacy strategies for oral health. Read more.
Bylaws of the Michigan Oral Health Coalition