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.
Nancy holds a Master of Science in Health Science & Public Administration. She is a prolific public speaker and trainer. She is a yogi and also a long-time student of the French language at Alliance Française of the Twin Cities. Nancy’s dental home is Harbor Dental in Plymouth, MN.
Board of Directors
|Name||Board Position||Appointed or Elected|
|Yndra Aguilar||Community Health Worker||Elected|
|Connie Bye||Early Childhood Consultant||Elected|
|Cathy Jo Gunvalson||Dental Hygienist & Educator||Elected|
|Prasida Khanal||Dental Director, MDH||Appointed|
|Dr. Daniel Rose||Dentist||Elected|
|Mohammed Selim||Public Health||Elected|
|Kate Tonjum||Healthcare Administrator||Elected|
|Dr. Erin Westphal||Physician||Elected|