Dental Public Health Activities: Descriptive Summaries
Pennsylvania Coalition for Oral Health (PCOH)
In 2013, a small group of oral health advocates including community health professionals, dental providers, and community foundations formally organized the PA Coalition for Oral Health (PCOH). Today, PCOH is a statewide leader in oral health advocacy, working with more than 100 organizations and over 700 stakeholders to shape policy and educate the public about the importance of lifelong dental health.
PCOH is funded through government and non-government grants, private and corporate donations, with a total budget of more than $700,000 and an operating budget of around $275,000.
In order to allow all interested organizations and individuals to participate, the coalition convenes in-person stakeholder meetings across the state and hosts virtual meetings. There is no fee to participate in stakeholder meetings nor to receive PCOH’s weekly newsletter.
Stakeholder convenings are interactive events. PCOH shares updates on successes and challenges within PCOH’s priority areas; coalition partners contribute their collective knowledge and resources. Small working groups move specific objectives forward throughout the year.
Priority areas for 2019 are:
Our priority areas are intentionally broad and far-reaching, allowing stakeholders to work on a variety of topics within the broad goals and respond to what the legislative session holds. The priorities are written to be as inclusive of our valued partners as possible. For some priorities, it is appropriate for PCOH to lead the advocacy effort. For others, PCOH takes a partnership position, working closely with another lead organization. Bringing leading organizations in Pennsylvania into one collaborative group has unified statewide oral health efforts at the community, clinical and policy levels and made progress that would not have been possible without the collective.
Contact Person(s) for Inquiries:
Helen Hawkey, Executive Director, PA Coalition for Oral Health, P.O. Box 242, Delmont, PA 15626, Phone: 724-972-7242, Email: email@example.com
Merrilynn Marsh, Development Director, PA Coalition for Oral Health, P.O. Box 242, Delmont, PA 15626, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org