Coalitions are defined as "An alliance for combined action". OrOHC's local oral health coalitions combine the goal of better oral health for each Oregonian with community-focused, community-driven solutions. There are currently 9 established coalitions and several in developing stages. Expanding the network of local oral health coalitions across the state is one of OrOHC's strategic goals and is a major focus of 2017. We have developed a Coalition Building Toolkit available for anyone interested in developing a local oral health coalition or improving a current one. If you would like to get involved in your local coalition please contact the person listed under each coalition below. If you are interested in developing a local coalition in your area please contact us.

Resources for Coalitions can be found on our Local Coalitions Resource Page.

Local Oral Health Coalitions:

Yamhill

While Karen Phillips (Dental 3) conducts a community needs assessment, this coalition is focused on revisiting and updating their charter. They will use the needs assessment data to drive their decision making next year.
Coalition Contact: Jenna Harms

Linn-Benton-Lincoln

In November 2015, this coalition hosted the OrOHC board of directors and reported on their impact in the community which included improved access to care, oral health literacy, and First Tooth trainings.
Coalition Contact: Sherlyn Dahl

Benton County

The Benton County Coalition has been established for years and is one of the most senior coalitions in the state. 
Coalition Contact: Molly Perino

Southern Oregon

Southern Oregon is focused on expanding their stakeholder network. This group is led by Laura McKeane (AllCare Health), Tamara Falls (Advantage Dental), and Hannah Ancel (CareOregon).
Coalition Contact: Laura McKeane

South Coast

The Southern Coast is another young coalition; they are focused on expanding their stakeholder network. This group is led by Laura McKeane (AllCare Health), and Cecilee Shull.
Coalition Contact: Laura McKeane
 

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Douglas County

Douglas County is structuring their coalition and meets in September to begin the first steps in charter development and goal identification.
Coalition Contact: Peggy Madison

Columba Gorge

Under the leadership of Heather Simmons (PacificSource) and Elizabeth Aughney (One Community Health), this coalition has identified priority areas and is investing root causes of community barriers.
Coalition Contact: Heather Simmons

Linn County

Linn County has expanded a successful voucher plan with lowered Emergency Room visits due to dental pain.
Coalition Contact: Lynn Koehn

Lincoln County

The Lincoln County Coalition has applied for grant funding to incorporate oral health education into their county's dental services for students K-12. This program would empower students to self-advocate for their oral health!
Coalition Contact: Deborah Jones

Three Sisters

Central Oregon

Central Oregon is working on diversifying membership and conducting a regional health improvement assessment. Data from this will be used to guide their goals for health.
Coalition Contact: Suzanne Browning

 

Up-and-coming regions

Eastern Oregon and Klamath County are interested in starting coalitions in 2016. OrOHC will work to support them as they form, develop charters, and create action plans.

Resources for Coalitions can be found on our Local Coalitions Resource Page.