Michigan Midwest Initiatives

About the Coalition


Oral health is an essential ingredient in maintaining optimal overall health and is a key component to staying healthy. The Mission of the Michigan Oral Health Coalition 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.

Goal #1


Goal #2

Health Promotion

Goal #3

Oral Health Data

Goal #4

Increased Oral Health Access

Goal #5

Link between Oral Health and Overall Health

Contact Karlene Ketola, MHSA, CAE


Through the DentaQuest Foundation Oral Health 2020 effort and the Midwest Collaborative Initiative, Oral Health Kansas, Michigan Oral Health Coalition, and Oral Healthy Coalition have done just that as they endeavor to reinvent oral health. Through funding by the Foundation, the Michigan Oral Health Coalition strives to align national, state and local partners into a formal network. Success was achieved by developing a community network model that created local oral health coalitions throughout the state of Michigan that worked to improve the oral health of children and adults through new ideas, activism, and leadership.

One definition of oral health maintains that oral health contributes positively to physical, mental and social well-being and the enjoyment of life’s possibilities, by allowing the individual to speak, eat, and socialize unhindered by pain, discomfort or embarrassment. Throughout the plan and initiative accomplishments are shared that have been helping move toward this principle and the current environment as it relates to the bold, shared goals to be achieved by 2020.