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Strengthening the Oral Health Safety Net

In Michigan, 32 of our community health centers operate dental clinics at 117 sites throughout the state, serving more than 218,000 patients and providing more than 550,000 dental care visits in 2018. To meet the growing demand for dental services, Michigan health centers employ more than 150 full-time dentists, 133 hygienists, and 312 support staff. To support their work, MPCA hosts a peer networking group, complete with a newsletter and a listserv. For more information, contact Lindsay Sailor.


National Oral Health Innovation and Integration Network (NOHIIN)

NOHIIN is a network of primary care associations and strategic partners who represent over 30 states and that continues to elevate the importance of oral health to overall health and person-centered care. NOHIIN’s mission is leading innovative change to optimize oral health within the whole person care model.  


Midwest Network for Oral Health Integration (MNOHI) 
MNOHI is a four-state collaborative network between MPCA, Illinois Primary Health Care Association, Iowa Primary Care Association, and Ohio Association of Community Health Centers focused on integration of oral health services for children 6 to 11 years old in community health center primary care settings. Participating Michigan health centers include:

  • Hamilton Community Health Network (Flint)
  • Ingham Community Health Centers (Lansing)
  • Northwest Michigan Health Services, Inc. (Traverse City)
  • The Wellness Plan (Detroit)
  • Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center (Hancock)

MNOHI is a multi-year grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), and funding started on Sept. 1, 2019, and goes through August 2024.  


This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $1,283,000.00 with 0 percent financed with nongovernmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government.


Michigan Initiative for Maternal Infant Oral Health (MMIOH)

The purpose of MIMIOH is to improve oral health of mothers and children in underserved areas. This initiative was initially funded through the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and was expanded by funds from the Delta Dental Foundation. During the initial program year, seven health centers participated, and in 2019, MIMIOH expanded to four additional sites. 


MMIOH integrates a dental checkup (by a hygienist) into the pregnant person's scheduled obstetrician appointment, making it more convenient for them to address oral health needs during pregnancy — including patient education.




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