Partnerships – Oral Health Coalition

Oral Health Coalition

Coalition history

The Minnesota Oral Health Coalition (MOHC) was founded in 2009 through a cooperative agreement between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) Oral Health Unit.

In the three years leading up to the creation of the coalition, MDH worked with the oral health community to develop the seeds for MOHC – primarily the Minnesota Oral Health Plan (MOHP).

MOHC was originally structured as a transitional taskforce of appointed directors who worked to advance oral health in Minnesota. In the coalition’s early stages, MDH provided expertise and staff time to conduct evaluation activities. MDH also provided the coalition with significant resources, including:

  • Support from oral health program staff and state dental director
  • Meeting rooms, conference call and WebEx services
  • MOHC webpage and membership database
  • Archive of MOHC email and written products

The coalition’s structure shifted in October 2011 when MOHC elected its first board of directors. In June 2014, the coalition appointed its first executive director with funding from Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation and Bremer Family Trust, and later that year the organization achieved 501(c)3 status.

Additional information

To learn more about the coalition’s work today, visit the Minnesota Oral Health Coalition website.