Kentucky Oral Health Coalition (KOHC) is a group of concerned citizens, advocates, and professionals working together to improve oral health across Kentucky.
Improve the oral health of all people of Kentucky
Kentucky’s Vision of Impact is to engage partners across the state to create a collaborative oral health literacy campaign designed to:
- Educate parents
- Activate policymakers
- Inspire health professionals
and engage the public to create optimal oral health for all.
Priorities through 2020
In 1990, a collaborative effort formed between the University of Louisville School of Dentistry and the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry known as the Kentucky Oral Health Consortium. The Consortium, eventually renamed the Kentucky Dental Health Coalition, was involved in numerous oral health promotion projects such as the development of the Kentucky Smile Curriculum which is still used by Kentucky school teachers, active legislative advocacy, the National Governor’s Association Policy Academy on Children’s Oral Health (2001), the Kentucky Oral Health Surveys (for children, adults, elders 2001-2003) and many more.
While the Coalition became inactive in 2006, a steering committee of diverse stakeholders came together in 2010 to plan for the reinvigoration of the Coalition. Now called the Kentucky Oral Health Coalition (KOHC), the newly revitalized group is staffed by Kentucky Youth Advocates. The first coalition meeting held in March 2012 had over 70 in attendance. The group is moving forward to tackle key priorities and make a true impact in Kentucky.
Chair of KOHC: Dr. Laura Hancock Jones
Dr. Laura Hancock Jones is a general dentist and Kentucky Oral Health Champion! Following graduation from the University of Louisville School of Dentistry in 2003, she returned to Western Kentucky working both in private practice and public health settings prior to her appointment to the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry faculty in 2009. In 2017, Dr. Hancock returned to private practice in her hometown establishing Union County Family Dental. She resides in Waverly, Kentucky with her husband Rowan and their four children–Abby, Sarah, Lukas, and Jacob.
Jennifer Hasch, BS, RDH
Jennifer Hasch is a graduate of University of Louisville School of Dentistry, Dental Hygiene Program. As a student, she became passionate about access to care and public health dentistry within Kentucky. She has participated in foreign dental missions and recognizes the global similarities to Kentucky’s poorest populations. Jennifer is currently working as a full-time clinician for Park DuValle Community Health Center, where she sees a largely immigrant and urban population. She is an active member of the KYDHA, on the executive committee for KOHC, and a member of the national Oral Health 2020 network. She is determined to improve the access to care in the state, focusing on oral health literacy, and prevention. Born and raised in Louisville, she loves the small town-big city life. She is a second-generation University of Louisville graduate and a Cardinal fan through and through.
Stacy Barrick, PHRDH
Stacy Barrick is a public health dental hygienist in Glasgow, KY. She’s a graduate from Western Kentucky University. Stacy serves on the panel that helped get the rules and regulations passed for the Public Health Registered Dental Hygienist and one of the first to receive the certificate in Kentucky. Stacy worked in Louisville for 6 years before moving back to Barren County to work in private practice until 2010. As of April 2016, Stacy serves as the Dental Service Director and Public Health Registered Dental Hygienist at Barren River District Health Department. Stacy loves working with children and doing mission work. Working with the undeserved population fulfills both of those passions. She has been an active member of the KOHC since 2012.
Lindsey Gentry is a member of Partners for Education at Berea College, as a GEAR UP Promise Zone college and career guide, serving Somerset High School. As the team leader, she ignites enthusiasm for Appalachian student voice and advocacy. During the summer of 2018, her team was selected to participate in DentaQuest Foundation’s “Kentucky: Mobilization, Youth Engagement, and a Bright Spot Map Project,” implemented by Kentucky Youth Advocates. As Student Oral Health Advocates, team members are engaging the local and state community, focusing on oral health equity, specifically in regard to food access and insecurity. Currently, Somerset GEAR UP Leadership Team is working on establishing a food policy council, in order to provide continuous, sustainable access to healthy food in the City of Somerset.