News & Updates May 2024

The Michigan Oral Health Coalition (MOHC) works to create a large, interconnected network of national, state and local advocates dedicated to working collaboratively on advocacy, education and awareness of oral health. We strive to keep our members informed on topics relevant to today's oral health advocates. The mission of MOHC is to equitably optimize oral health for all Michiganders.

2024 Annual MOHC Conference - THIS WEEK

MOHC Annual Conference

Thursday-Friday, May 16-17, 2024

AC Hotel by Marriott Lansing

11.5 CEUs (Live and In-person) $200 per person - includes meals

Join us for the Michigan Oral Health Coalition Annual Conference to discover the newest developments and initiatives in Michigan's oral and public health sectors. This multi-faceted program covers a range of timely topics.  

On day one, expert speakers will shed light on dental care best practices for individuals living with developmental and intellectual disabilities as well as those with HIV. We'll also delve into the latest workforce trends, explore value-based care innovations, discuss the impact of autonomous vehicles on dental care, and introduce the newly implemented Kindergarten Oral Health Assessment. 

The second day will pivot towards linking mental and oral health, keep you updated on advocacy changes, and detail changes to Medicaid dental benefits.

BONUS: Top off the first day of sessions with a night out with the Delta Dental Foundation (DDF) and the Lansing Lugnuts. Join MOHC and DDF for a complimentary networking event, where you'll witness the Lansing Lugnuts go head-to-head with the Lake County Captains for a 7:05 p.m. baseball game. With dinner and drinks graciously provided by DDF, this event is set to be a perfect blend of entertainment, exhilaration, and engaging conversations! Space is limited for this must-attend event.


FREE MOHC Continuing Education Webinar - TODAY

Evidence-Based Use of SDF in Primary and Permanent Teeth

Monday, May 13, 2024 from 7-8:30 p.m.


Margherita R. Fontana, DDS, PhD

Prevention and management of dental caries should be guided by the best evidence available. The objective of this presentation is to provide an overview of the most recent evidence for the correct use of SDF in clinical practice for both primary and permanent teeth. In addition, we will discuss how SDF fits within current ADA clinical practice guidelines for the non-restorative management of non-cavitated and cavitated caries lesions in primary and permanent teeth.


Mission of Mercy Volunteers Needed

Free Dental Clinic | Flint, Mich.

Friday-Saturday, June 14-15, 2024

The Mission of Mercy clinic treats patients of all ages, from the elderly to children, and it addresses the most urgent needs of patients with the goal of serving the underserved and uninsured in Michigan.


Become a Partner or Member and Be Part of the Difference

Over the past 19 years, MOHC has advocated for policies and programs that improve oral health for all Michiganders. Together, we share our vision that all Michiganders have the knowledge, support, and care they need to achieve optimal oral health.

Our partnership and membership options provide the foundation for MOHC to pursue its mission to optimize oral health for all Michiganders equitably.

Join us as a 2024 partner or member and become an integral part of shaping the future of oral health in Michigan!

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MDHHS Invites Public Comment on Title V Block Grant Application

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is inviting public comment on the Title V Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Services Block Grant application and annual report narrative.

Michigan’s Title V application is for programs and services planned from Oct. 1, 2024, to Sept. 30, 2025, and includes a report on activities and services provided in fiscal year (FY) 2023. The Title V application is in response to Title V requirements for state health departments and is not a Request for Proposal.

The Title V application addresses needs across five federally identified population groups: women/maternal health, perinatal/infant health, child health, adolescent health and children with special health care needs.

Public comment is particularly encouraged on Title V state action plans (pages 68-234) which address the following priority areas for the current five-year cycle (FY 2021-2025):

  • Low-risk cesarean delivery.
  • Breastfeeding.
  • Infant safe sleep.
  • Bullying prevention for adolescents and children with special health care needs.
  • Transition for youth with special health care needs to adult health care.
  • Oral health care for women and children.
  • Childhood lead poisoning prevention.
  • Immunizations for children and adolescents.
  • Medical care and treatment for children with special health care needs.
  • Healthy and intended pregnancy.
  • Behavioral and mental health services.

Title V of the Social Security Act of 1935 as amended provides funding to state health departments to improve the health of mothers, infants and children, including children with special health care needs. States are required to meet federal requirements which include spending a minimum of 30% of funding on children ages 1 to 21 years and a minimum of 30% of funding on services for children with special health care needs.

The Title V draft application and annual report are available online. MDHHS welcomes comments on the application by 5 p.m., Monday, June 10. Comments can be submitted to