Dental Public Health Activities: Descriptive Summaries
Working with a Coalition in Missouri
The Missouri Coalition for Oral Health (MCOH) has been a very strong partner for the Office of Dental Health (ODH). Under the leadership of Gary Harbison Executive Director of MCOH has been our partner for legislative advocacy, special program funding, access to care, special needs patients and funding for the ODH. Reorganized with help from the Oral Health Program of the Office of Primary Care and Rural Health in 2012, MCOH has worked to create a broad base of constituents, including dental professionals, community oral health advocates, legislators and funding agencies. The MCOH organizes an annual Oral Health Policy Conference that provides an opportunity for the stakeholders in oral health to have a forum to meet and present issues as well as solutions. An Oral Health Legislative Awareness Event is held in conjunction with the conference. Between 35 and 45 members of MCOH spend the morning speaking with legislators about MCOH policy priorities. MCOH has many accomplishments, including funding for and reinstatement of the State Dental Director position,2015, Fluoridation Notification Statute,2017, reinstatement of Medicaid Adult Dental Benefits, 2016 and Fluoridation Advocacy.
Associated Costs: MO Department of Health and Senior Services does not directly support the efforts of MCOH. MCOH has become a contractor for some services for the Office of Dental Health. For instance, helping with fluoridation education for Local Public Health Agency, LPHAs.
Outcomes Achieved: The major outcomes (2015-2018) from the efforts of MCOH are the successful reinstatement of the Dental Director position for Missouri, the Office of Dental Health, 2017 and the passage of the Fluoride Notification Statute.
Contact Person(s) for Inquiries:
John Dane, DDS, FAAHD, DABSCD, Dental Director, Office of Dental Health, Missouri department of Health and Senior Services, 912 Wildwood Dr., Jefferson City, MO 65102 Phone: 573-751-6441, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Julie Boeckman, Programs Manager, Office of Dental Health, Missouri department of Health and Senior Services, 912 Wildwood Dr., Jefferson City, MO 65102 Phone: 573-751-6249, Email: Julie.email@example.com