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.
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.
Kimberly Singh, MA, CHES
My Community Dental Centers
Genesee Health Plan
Faiyaz Syed, MD, MPH
Michigan Primary Care Association
William Ridella, MPH, MBA, RD
Macomb County Health Department
Michele Strasz, MPA
Catalyst for Action Consultants
Mert Aksu, DDS, JD, MHSA
University of Detroit Mercy
Kent County Oral Health Coalition
Delta Dental Foundation
Dr. Drew Stern
Children’s Dental Care: Pediatric Dentists
Christine M. Farrell, RDH, BSDH, MPA
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services