Healthy teeth and gums aren’t a luxury. They’re essential. That’s because our dental health has an impact on our overall health and neglecting one can negatively impact the other.
North Carolina, like many states, struggle to maintain optimal oral health care for all of its residents, and because of this need, several stakeholders across the state came together with the Foundation for Health Leadership & Innovation in May 2013 under a planning grant from the DentaQuest Foundation to develop a formal infrastructure and strategy to engage in open dialogue as it relates to oral health policies, programs and financing priorities. This diverse group of partners named themselves the North Carolina Oral Health Collaborative (NCOHC) and came together in October 2013 for its first full stakeholder meeting.
- March, 2013: Submitted Application to DentaQuest Foundation for Planning Grant- NC Foundation for Advanced Health Programs as lead/backbone organization (proposed start date 5/1/13)
- October, 2013: First Stakeholder Convening, Chapel Hill NC
- December, 2014: Submitted Application for Implementation Funding. Adjusted focus to be broader than just medical/dental collaboration via partnership with Community Care of NC.
- Fall 2014: Presented basics of oral health to 780 congregants in partnership with the NC Council of Churches.
- November, 2014: NCOHC Director resigned. This prompted a review and re-focus of NCOHC’s work moving forward.
- January 28-29, 2015: Direction Setting Meeting- Facilitated by Interaction Institute for Social Change. Leadership team tasked with developing purpose, mission and guiding principles.
- 4/1/15: Direction Setting & Action Planning Meeting- Facilitated by Interaction Institute for Social Change. Workgroups formed.
- 5/27-29/15: South/Southeast Regional DentaQuest Foundation Convening
- 8/3/15: New Director (Zulayka Santiago) hired.