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.
In October of 2011, MOHC elected its first board of directors and in June, 2014 Nancy Franke Wilson was named the first Executive Director for the Minnesota Oral Health Coalition. Nancy’s background includes managing US Department of Transportation and US Department of Justice funding and programs for the State of Minnesota, fifteen years consulting experience in the areas of public policy, communications, organizational development and fundraising/grants. Her client list includes the Center for Alcohol Policy, North Memorial Hospital, Hennepin County Medical Center, Think Small, Minnesota Department of Public Safety, several counties and cities, LOGIS, and is a preferred vendor with the State of Minnesota. Nancy started and was the first Co-Executive Director of the Minnesota Board of Firefighter Training and Education (MBTFE) The MBFTE was first agency in the United States to license firefighters.
Board of Directors
|Name||Board Position||Start Date||Board Term Expires||Appointed or Elected|
|Leah Anderson||3rd Party Payer||December 2014||December 2018||Elected|
|Dr. Suzanne Beatty||Higher Education/Dentist||December 2011||December 2018||Elected|
|Heidi Benson||Consultant/Advocate||January 2016||December 2019||Elected|
|Connie Bye||Early Childhood Consultant||December 2016||December 2018||Elected|
|Dr. Eileen Crespo||Medical Provider||February 2013||December 2018||Elected|
|Dr. Valeria Cristiani||Medical Provider||December 2014||December 2018||Elected|
|Jenny Crowe||Child & Teen Checkup & Public Health||January 2018||December 2019||Elected|
Community Clinic Director
|December 2011||December 2018||Elected|
|Jessica Flotterud||Hygienist, Community Clinic Director||January 2014||December 2019||Elected|
|Cathy Jo Gunvalson||Hygienist, Cmmunity Based Health Center, Educator||January 2018||December 2019||Elected|
|Leah Kinney||Provider/Administrator||January 2016||December 2019||Elected|
|Jane Neubauer||Consultant/Advocate||January 2014||December 2019||Elected|