Oral Health Summit

Appalachian Oral Health Summit

May 21, 2021 at 9am - 3:30pm
Virtual Summit

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.

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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
  • Funders
  • Oral Health Coalition Representatives
  • Legislators, Local Officials
  • FQHCs, Primary care providers
  • Oral Health Practitioners
  • State offices of rural oral health
  • School-based Health Providers
  • Community Members


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.

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