About 6 weeks ago the “Minnesota Oral Health Coalition” (MOHC) became a separate, legal entity under the direction of the Minnesota Department of Health Oral Health Program. The MOHC purpose is to implement the State Oral Health Plan. This is in conjunction with federal grants received by the health department a few years ago that re-established Minnesota’s oral health program.
The board of the MOHC is to be made up of a very diverse group of people representing many different perspectives—not just dentistry. As such, there are very few seats on this 15-member board that can be filled by any kind of dental practitioner, be it a dentist, hygienist, assistant or therapist. No doubt there will be many subcommittees formed to carry out the plan which will allow for more participation by dentists and allied dental professionals. But, for now, the focus is on increasing the membership and nominating people to serve on the board.
The steps to follow in order to be part of this process are to (1) fill out a Membership Form online, and (2) if you wish to nominate either yourself or someone else, fill out a Nominations Form. The existing interim board consisting of 5 people will serve only for one year and has been charged with selecting a slate of people to run for office once all the nominees are known. The online election will be accessible for 3 days on November 28 - 30, 2011.
The MDA encourages you at a minimum to click on the website to learn more: http://www.health.state.mn.us/oralhealth/partnerships.html
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Pat Glasrud at the MDA at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 612.767.8400 or 1.800.950.3368. Thank you!