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. With more than 120
members, the Coalition is comprised of primary care clinicians, oral
health clinicians, dental benefit providers, advocacy and provider
organizations, state and local government officials, and consumers
working together to improve oral health in Michigan.
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
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. Read more.