Center for Oral Health

Oral Health Action Coalition - California

Launched in 2001 through a collaborative effort of the California Primary Care Association (CPCA) and the Center for Oral Health (then known as The Dental Health Foundation), the Oral Health Action Coalition (OHAC) is a multi lateral, non-partisan effort directed toward improving the oral health status of the state's traditionally underserved and vulnerable populations. With a membership of over 60 consortia and associations representing a diversity of oral health stakeholders, OHAC has become California's most broad-based and unified voice for oral health. It is significant to note that OHAC is not simply an advisory group; rather, it is an action oriented coalition whose members are committed to accomplishing the work necessary to bring about systemic change.

Oral Health Action Coalition - Inland Empire

Launched in October of 2014, the Oral Health Action Coalition - Inland Empire (OHAC - IE) is an effort by Kaiser Permanente and the Center for Oral Health to mobilize and organize local resources to increase access to oral health care and improve health outcomes for the residents of the Inland Empire Region of Southern California. 

School Oral Health Policy Framework

The Center for Oral Health (COH) and the California School Boards Association (CSBA) are partnering to address one of the most significant health problems affecting school aged children—dental disease. COH and CSBA are developing a comprehensive set of policies for school boards and administrators. This is the first attempt to harness the power of school boards to help address the issue of children’s oral health and will serve as a model for replication in other states.

Putting Teeth Into Health Care Reform

The Center for Oral Health is actively involved in advocating for the inclusion of dental benefits in all national health reform proposals.

Fighting the Medi-Cal Adult Dental Benefit Cuts

The funding for the Adult Denti-Cal program was removed by the governor in his January and May 2009 budgets. The Center for Oral Health opposed this cut and continues to seek solutions to this problem.