Policy & Learning
The Policy & Learning (P&L) Committee is open to all MOHC members interested in becoming more informed and involved in oral health policy and advocacy issues. Policy & Learning Committee meets the third Tuesday of each month via conference call line. Once signed up, members of the committee receive an agenda with call-in information one week prior to each meeting. We are always accepting agenda items and would like to connect on Policy & Learning topics any time.
The committee is not an independent decision-making body. Instead, the group is responsible for gathering information about key oral health policy and advocacy issues and providing recommendations to the Minnesota Oral Health Coalition Board of Directors quarterly or more often as needed. The work of the committee is guided by the interests and priorities of the Board of Directors and aligns with the action plan developed by the MOHC each year.
On October 29, 2014 the MOHC hosted the Policy Consensus Tool. The Policy Consensus Tool is a program of the Children’s Dental Health Project (CDHP) and the Division of Oral Health of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). They collaborated to develop a facilitated consensus-building process for stakeholders.
Since 2007, more than 20 states have used the Policy Consensus Tool to enhance strategic thinking about oral health in the state, strengthen communication among oral health advocates by encouraging an exchange of views, while providing a path to consensus, support a process for identifying and prioritizing policy issues, encourage transparency in obtaining and aggregating stakeholder input and enhance implementation and evaluation of the State Oral Health Plan.