Regional Coalitions

Regional Coalitions

Your Voice in Arizona for Raising Visibility of Oral Health Issues

Arizona is an incredibly large, diverse state.

In order to promote oral health while being receptive to the needs of specific areas and populations within the states, the regional oral health coalitions provide oral health education to patients and providers, oral health and community resources, and support advocacy efforts to improve the oral health system.

To improve the public’s oral and general wellness, with a focus on vulnerable populations, through community partnership

1 – Improve oral health literacy
2 – Remove barriers to oral healthcare
3 – Better oral and general health

2020 Focus
1 – Identify Infrastructure
2 – Remove Barriers to Care
3 – Integration: One-Stop-Shop

Denise Helm, RDH, Ed.D. |

Communities Free from Tooth Decay and Other Oral Diseases

To eliminate tooth decay and other oral disease through collaboration, education and changing policy

All sectors of our communities in seven of Arizona’s fifteen counties; Cochise, Greenlee, Graham, Pima, Pinal, Santa Cruz and Yuma are welcome!

Increase awareness of:

  • The bacteria responsible for tooth decay is contagious and infectious.
  • Dietary choices greatly influence oral health.
  • Great oral hygiene starts at home with regular brushing and flossing.
  • Children on AHCCCS (Access) have dental coverage.
  • Emerging research related to how oral health affects overall health.

The SAzOHC advocates for:

  • Legislation that authorizes a new mid-level provider type dental therapists.
  • Legislation that expands comprehensive dental coverage to pregnant women enrolled in AHCCCS of any age in Arizona.
  • The passage of legislation that would extend the SNAP (food assistance) benefit to allow coverage for toothbrushes, fluoride toothpaste and dental floss.

To learn more, please contact: