The Minnesota Oral Health Coalition (MOHC) is a statewide outreach organization dedicated to improving the oral health of Minnesotans by broadening and developing stakeholder engagement and collaboration. The MOHC works to raise oral health to its rightful place within overall health, while solving oral health problems affecting all Minnesotans.

Oral health is essential to general health and well-being at every stage of life. A healthy mouth enables not only nutrition of the physical body, but also enhances social interaction and promotes self-esteem and feelings of well-being. The mouth serves as a “window” to the rest of the body, providing signals of general health disorders.

Oral conditions have an impact on overall health and disease. Bacteria from the mouth can cause infection in other parts of the body when the immune system has been compromised by disease or medical treatments (e.g., infective endocarditis). Systemic conditions and their treatment are also known to impact oral health (e.g., reduced saliva flow, altered balance of oral microorganisms).

The MOHC was formed in 2009 to be a statewide coalition promoting oral health under Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grant agreements entered into with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH)’s Minnesota Oral Health Program division. MOHC’s initial governance structure was a transitional taskforce of appointed directors.

Our Executive Director (pictured here) is Nancy Franke Wilson, MS.

On September 25, 2024 the Minnesota Oral Health Coalition will celebrate its 10th year anniversary of being a 501c3 non-profit organization.

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The MOHC board meets quarterly and hosts an annual and several regional oral health conferences throughout the year.

The MOHC was highly involved in the development of the State Oral Health Plan that serves as a roadmap for our future activities.

To learn more about the Minnesota Oral Health Coalition, please contact us.

Board of Directors

Name Board Position Appointed or Elected
Hiwet Ephram Instructor, Dental Hygienist Elected
Majda Hodzic Dental Program Administrator Elected
John Howe Dental Policy, Development Appointed
Prasida Khanal Dental Director, MDH Appointed
Jessie Ludden Collaborative Dental Hygienist Elected
Cynthia Liu Economist Elected
Jane Neubauer Community Advocate Elected
Alex Orvik Community Advocate Elected
Brandon Ulstad Dentist Elected
Mohammed Selim Public Health Elected
Dr. Erin Westfall Physician Elected