Priorities

The PA Coalition for Oral Health is the statewide advocacy organization dedicated to promoting the importance of lifelong dental health by shaping policy and educating the public so Pennsylvanians know that all mouths matter. The priority areas are intentionally broad and far-reaching, and are intended to allow members to work on a variety of topics within the broad goals, depending on what the legislative session holds. The priorities are also written to be as inclusive of our valued partners as possible. For some priorities, it is appropriate for PCOH to lead the lobbying effort. On others, PCOH takes a partnership position and works closely with another lead organization.

Priorities

  • Supporting Pennsylvania oral workforce development

  • Improving oral health for Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable populations

  • Advancing and advocating for oral health policy and infrastructure across all systems

  • Advocating for community water fluoridation

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Current Projects

  • Tracking charitable work provided by oral healthcare providers

  • Administering water fluoridation equipment grants to assist water systems

  • Building dental health workforce pipeline by teaching students across Pennsylvania using "Teeth" by Mary Otto

  • Awarding annual mini-grants across the state to support work that advances the priorities of the 2020-2030 PA Oral Health Plan

  • Improving oral health through the lifespan through collaboration with the Family Oral Health Collective

  • Training current providers on incorporating chronic disease management into oral health care and serving special populations

  • Advocating for improved oral health benefits in the Medicaid program

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