ABOUT US

HISTORY

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.

OUR MISSION

EDUCATE AND GROW

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.

Vision: By 2020, all Michiganders will have the knowledge, support, and care they need to achieve optimal oral health.
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THE BOARD

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Trish Roels, DDS

President

Cherry Health

TrishRoels@cherryhealth.com

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Kimberly Singh, MA, CHES

Treasurer

My Community Dental Centers

ksingh@mydental.org

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Edward Cox, MD

Secretary

Kent County Oral Health Coalition

ecox4ever@gmail.com

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Michele Strasz, MPA

Immediate Past President

Catalyst for Action Consultants

mpstrasz@outlook.com

Lisa Michelle Anderson

Wayne County Community College

lma8562@yahoo.com

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Mert Aksu, DDS, JD, MHSA

University of Detroit Mercy

aksumn@udmercy.edu

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Christine M. Farrell, RDH, BSDH, MPA

Ex Officio

Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

FarrellC@michigan.gov

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William Ridella, MPH, MBA

Macomb County Health Department

bill.ridella@macombgov.org

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Faiyaz Syed, MD, MPH

Michigan Primary Care Association

fsyed@mpca.net

THE STAFF

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Karlene Ketola, MHSA, CAE

Executive Director

(517) 827-0466

kketola@mohc.org
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Patti Ulrich, RDH

Midwest Manager for Community Development

(231) 308-7802

pulrich@mohc.org

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Cheryl Thompson Marsh

Community Development Specialist

(313) 744-6015

cthompsonmarsh@mohc.org