The Network hosts an annual Gathering of members and other partners each spring, as well as working group-led face-to-face meetings. These events are posted here to provide updates and further information. At the bottom of the page is a calendar that displays all the working group and Network meetings scheduled to date. To request to join a meeting, contact the appropriate working group co-chair or Network coordinator for details.
Oral Health is critical to overall health. Poor oral health is linked to chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease, and stroke, yet more than 1 in 5 people report not having visited a dentist in the past few years. In Central Appalachia, access to oral health care can be a major barrier. The Covid-19 pandemic has aggravated the challenges, leading to dental practice closures, cancellation of school-based preventive measures, and an exodus of dental hygienists from the workforce.
The Health Group of the Appalachia Funders Network is pleased to host the virtual Appalachian Oral Health Summit on Friday, May 21, 2021. The summit will engage oral health coalition leaders from around the region, oral health researchers and practitioners, and national experts in the field advocating for oral health care access. We invite you to engage with our impressive docket of speakers, learn about the promising trends, and consider how to address current challenges.
Welcome | Why Oral Health?
- Marcia Brand, DentaQuest Partnership
- Dr. Minter-Jordan, DentaQuest Partnership
- Sarah Bedard Holland, Virginia Health Catalyst
National Trends and Opportunities in Oral Health
- Kasey Wilson, Community Catalyst
- Laura Hale, Community Catalyst
- Tanya Dorf Brunner, American Network of Oral Health Coalitions (ANOHC)
Covid-19: How the Pandemic has Changed the Practice of Oral Health
- Bobbi Jo Muto, Marshall University
- Dr. Raj Khanna, Marshall University
- Dr. Foti Panagakos, West Virginia University
Children’s Oral Health Outlook and the Social Determinants of Health
- Dr. Joni Nelson, Medical University of South Carolina
- Dr. Amy Martin, Medical University of South Carolina
Innovations in the Changing Workforce: Examples in Appalachia
- Gina Sharps, West Virginia Oral Health Coalition
- Dr. Zach Brian, North Carolina Oral Health Collaborative
Who Should Attend?
State and Local Policymakers
Oral Health Coalition Representatives
Legislators, Local Officials
FQHCs, Primary care providers
Oral Health Practitioners
State offices of rural oral health
School-based Health Providers
Thank you to our dedicated sponsors who are supporting this summit and the work happening across the region towards oral health improvement.
This event will be the second Appalachian Oral Health Summit hosted by the Appalachia Funders Network. In 2018, the Health Group organized an event for over 60 attendees came to Charleston, WV, including funders, state health departments, oral health coalitions, universities, health nonprofits, and others. Check out the takeaways from that summit.