Mission Statement

Improve the oral health of all people of Kentucky

Vision Statement

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.


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.

Priorities Through 2020

Priorities Through 2020

Steering Committee

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.

Somerset GEAR UP Leadership Team

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.

Our Networks

Kentucky Oral Health Coalition hopes to bring you the most current oral health data at the national, state, and local level, opportunities to network with professionals and advocates across the state, and provide resources within our state and nationally. Please let us know about your networks and resources that we can share on our website. We know you have so much to offer!

State Oral Health Resources

kohclogoKOHC Member Resources - Learn more about KOHC members and what they do

unbridledSpiritThe Department of Public Health Division of Oral Health assures oral health for all in Kentucky.

toplogo-rMaking Smiles Happen - 2016 Oral Health Study of Kentucky's Youth

SOAR_Kentucky_logoShaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) lifts up innovative opportunities to enhance regional access to health care and human services, including suggestions for a significant increase in partnership/collaboration across sectors, institutions, and governments in Appalachia.

The University of Kentucky College of Dentistry Center for Oral Health Research supports multidisciplinary basic, applied, clinical, and epidemiological research.

National Oral Health Resources

2MIN2X aims to motivate parents/guardians  to take action to reduce their children's risk of oral disease by making sure their kids are brushing their teeth for two minutes, twice a day.

The Academy of General Dentistry provides general dentists, students, and dental team members with the education, advocacy, and information they need to advance themselves in the dental profession.

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry advocates policies, guidelines, and programs that promote optimal oral health and oral health care for children.

aadr_logoThe American Association for Dental Research advances research and increases knowledge for the improvement of oral health, supports and represents the oral health research community, and facilitates the communication and application of research findings.

Amer Assoc of Women Dentists logoThe American Association of Women Dentists is a resource for advancing, connecting and enriching the lives of women dentists.

Amer Dental Assist Assoc LogoThe American Dental Assistants Association advances the careers of dental assistants and promotes the dental assisting profession.

The American Dental Education Association leads institutions and individuals in the dental education community to address contemporary issues influencing education, research and the delivery of oral health care for the overall health and safety of the public.

The American Network of Oral Health Coalition creates a reliable place for state oral health coalitions to share information, ask questions, and leverage time and resources.

Amer Public Hlth Assoc logoThe American Public Health Association promotes oral health by partnering with other human service providers, integrates oral health with overall health, guides environmental and health care delivery issues and disseminates research findings.

Nat Child Oral Heath Foundation LogoAmerica's Tooth Fairy: National Children's Oral Health Foundation improves the lives of millions of children through quality compassionate treatment, preventive and educational services.

The Association of State & Territorial Dental Directors provides leadership to promote a governmental oral health presence in each state and territory, to formulate and promote sound oral health policy, to increase awareness of oral health issues, and to assist in the development of initiatives for prevention and control of oral diseases.

The Campaign for Dental Health is a network of local children’s and oral health advocates, health professionals and scientists who are working together to preserve our nation’s gains in oral health.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention Works to improve the oral health of the nation and reduce inequalities in oral health.

COH Logo Transparent copy copyThe Center for Oral Health collaborates with national, state, and local partners to develop innovative community-based strategies to improve oral health outcomes which contributes to better overall health and wellness.

cdhp_logoThe Children's Dental Health Project improves oral health for children and families by identifying and advancing solutions that are innovative and cost-effective.

DentaQuest LogoDentaquest improves oral health through innovation, advocacy, and leadership.

The Dental Lifeline Network improves the oral health of people with disabilities or who are elderly or medically fragile and have no other way to get help.

The Dental Trade Alliance broadens oral health care awareness and access for those in need.

Hispanic Dental Assoc logoThe Hispanic Dental Association is a leading voice for Hispanic oral health that provides service, education, advocacy, and leadership for elimination of oral health disparities in the Hispanic community.

kidscount logoKIDS COUNT is a project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation that provides high-quality data and trend analysis to enrich local, state and national discussions to secure better futures for all children and raises the visibility of children's issues through a nonpartisan, evidence-based lens.

mouth healthy logoMouth Healthy is a comprehensive resource for individuals in all stages of life, brought to you by the American Dental Association. The ADA provides charitable assistance for the dental community, and works to improve oral health by supporting access to care, research, and education programs.

The National Dental Association promotes oral health equity among people of color by harnessing the collective power of its members, advocating for the needs of and mentoring dental students of color, and raising the profile of the profession in our communities.

NDPBRN Logo pngThe National Dental Practice-Based Research Network improves oral health by conducting dental practice-based research and by serving dental professionals and their patients through education and collegiality.

Pixlr_NIIOHThe National Interprofessional Initiative on Oral Health is a consortium of funders and health professionals whose vision is that dental disease can be eradicated.

The National Maternal & Child Oral Health Resource Center responds to the needs of states and communities in addressing current and emerging public oral health issues.

Nat Ntwk for Oral Hlth Access logoThe National Network for Oral Health Access works to support providers by developing resources and innovative initiatives.

Oral Health America LogoOral Health America changes lives by connecting communities with resources to increase access to care, education, and advocacy for all Americans, especially those most vulnerable.

Oral Health 2020 strengthens and unifies the oral network, builds upon current initiative strategies, and expands impact.

Oral Health Nursing Ed Practice LogoThe Oral Health Nursing Education and Practice helps nurse practitioners, nurse-midwives, nurses, and other health professionals incorporate oral health into patient care.

The Partnership For Healthy Mouths Health Lives is a coalition of leading organizations in the field of oral health committed to improve children’s oral health so that they can develop into healthy productive adults.

smiles for life logoSmiles for Live is an on-line educational resource to ensure the integration of oral health and primary care.

Tooth Wisdom connects older adults to affordable dental care and resources.

usnoha_logoU.S. National Oral Health Alliance provides the platform for a diverse network of stakeholders to forge common ground in order to harness opportunities and create viable solutions for improved oral health through prevention and treatment for vulnerable populations across our country.

If you would like to add a resource please contact Mahak Kalra at mkalra@kyyouth.org