KOHC is comprised of more than 120 members from every region of the Commonwealth. Membership includes dentists, dental hygienists, health professionals, family resource center coordinators, universities, managed care companies, business corporations, government entities, teachers, parents, educators, social workers, public health departments, community health advocates and many others.
Kentucky Oral Health Coalition is a project of Kentucky Youth Advocates, a statewide nonprofit children’s advocacy organization.
- Collective voice to make a true impact on oral health in Kentucky.
- Network and collaborate with diverse professional agencies and organizations at meetings and other related events.
- Vote on decisions including policy priorities, election of officers, and other coalition related decisions.
- Opportunity to learn about and engage with leading oral health stakeholders within Kentucky and across the country by attending quarterly and annual meetings.
- Receive Continuing Education Units (CEU) credits by attending quarterly and annual meetings.
- Individual recognition and organizational visibility on appropriate KOHC media, social media channels, and website.
Article I – Name, Purpose
Section 1.1 – Name
The name of the coalition shall be Kentucky Oral Health Coalition.
Section 1.2 – Purpose
The purpose for which the Coalition is organized is to improve the oral health of all people of Kentucky. The Coalition maintains that all people of Kentucky can enjoy optimal health for life. In order to fulfill its purpose, the Coalition shall (1) advocate for improved access to oral and general health prevention, services, and education for all people of Kentucky, (2) promote and encourage active interaction, effective collaboration, and cooperation between all providers of oral and general health care and individuals and populations within Kentucky needing oral health services, prevention, and education through the establishment of public-private partnerships, and (3) actively participate, communicate, and encourage relationships of the Kentucky Oral Health Coalition with other advocacy groups in promoting oral and overall health for all people of Kentucky.
Article II – Membership
Section 2.1 – Categories
There shall be three classifications of membership: Entity, Individual, and Student
(a) Entity: Any for-profit, not-for-profit, or government/quasigovernment organization, business or corporation that pays annual dues set by the Executive Committee. Entity members shall have one vote per entity and a representative of the entity may hold office.
(b) Individual: A person who pays annual dues set by the Executive Committee. Individual members shall be eligible to vote and hold office.
(c) Student: A person who provides evidence of full-time student status to the Executive Committee. Student members are exempt from the annual dues set by the Coalition and may vote and hold office.
Section 2.2 – Process
Membership shall be renewable annually. Membership shall be awarded for fiscal years. Dues paid at any time during the year shall ensure membership through June 30 of the current fiscal year. July 1 shall constitute a new fiscal year for the next dues cycle. Membership shall terminate upon written require of the member or upon his or her failure to make an annual contribution to the Coalition.
Article III – Officers
Section 3.1 – Elected Officers
The officers of the Kentucky Oral Health Coalition shall be: Chairman, Chair of School-Based Oral Health Work Group, Chair of Oral Health Literacy Work Group, Chair of Access to Care Work Group. This group of officers along with the most recent Past Chairman shall constitute the Executive Committee.
Section 3.2 – Terms of Office
Officers shall be elected every other year. The positions of Chairman will have a term limit of 3 years.
Section 3.3 – Duties
The responsibilities and duties of the officers include, but are not limited to the following:
(a) Chairman: Serve as the spokesperson of the Coalition, facilitate Coalition planning, oversight, and meetings, and appoint sub-committee structures as needed.
(b) Chair of School-Based Oral Health Workgroup: Enhance the kindergarten oral health screening process, awareness and data collection. Encourage schools to promote oral health prevention. Support expanded role of hygienists.
(c) Chair of Oral Health Literacy Workgroup: Promote Smiles for Life curriculum. Provide technical support for oral health literacy training sessions for parents across Kentucky. Expand the oral health network at the national, state, and local level.
(d) Chair of Access to Care Workgroup: Promote Collaboration between managed care organizations and oral health advocates. Increase reimbursements for dentists. Encourage dental professionals to become Medicaid providers.
(e) Executive Committee: Provide leadership to the Coalition, and act as a deciding body in the event the Chairman cannot fulfill his/her duties for the duration of the elected term.
Article IV – Meeting
Section 4.1 – Executive Committee Meeting
The Executive Committee shall meet quarterly and at any additional time at the call of the Chairman. The time and place shall be selected by the Executive Committee. All Coalition members shall be invited to attend the Executive Committee Meetings but are not required to attend. Executive Committee Meetings may be conducted via electronic media at the discretion of the Executive Committee.
Section 4.2 – Annual Meeting
Meetings of the Kentucky Oral Health Coalition shall be held at a time and place selected by the Executive Committee with input from the membership. All members shall be encouraged to attend the Annual Meeting. The Annual Meeting must be conducted in person, and may not be substituted by any electronic media. Minutes of the meeting shall be kept and made available to members of the Coalition. The Annual Meeting shall be considered one of the quarterly Executive Committee Meetings.
Section 4.3 – Committees
Committees shall be formed by the Chairman to address issues as determined by the Coalition. Committees shall meet as needed to complete the task(s) assigned by the Coalition.
Article V – Conduct of Business
Section 5.1 – Executive Committee Decision Making
Decisions shall be made in accordance with the majority opinion (3 votes) among the body of officers comprising the Executive Committee.
Section 5.2 – Kentucky Oral Health Coalition Decision Making
Decisions presented to the Kentucky Oral Health Coalition shall be made in accordance with the majority opinion of the members present and eligible to vote at the time of the decision. All bylaw ratifications and amendments shall require 2/3 agreement of the voting members who are present.
Section 5.3 – Election of Officers
Officer positions shall be open for election at the Annual Meeting. In instances of a plurality vote, the candidate receiving more than 40% of the votes shall be elected to office. If no candidate receives more than 40% of the votes, the two candidates receiving the most votes shall conduct a run-off.
Article VI – Protection from Liability
Section 6.1 – Liability
The Coalition agrees to indemnify any Chairman or officer or former Chairman or officer of the Coalition against expenses actually and reasonably incurred by him or her in connection with the defense of any action, suit or proceeding, civil or criminal in which he or she has been made a party by reason of being or having been a Chairman or officer, except in relation to matters as to which he or she shall be adjudged in such action, suit or proceeding to be liable for negligence or misconduct in the performance of duties to the Coalition.
Article VII – Dissolution of the Coalition
Section 7.1 – Dissolution of the Coalition
The Kentucky Oral Health Coalition shall be dissolved by a majority vote of the portion of the membership eligible for voting.
Types of Membership
- Can vote on coalition decisions including policy priorities, election of officers, and other coalition related decisions.
- Invited to attend all coalition meetings and activities and take part in coalition workgroups.
- Opportunity to receive CEU credits through attending coalition meetings.
- Dues provide resources to support annual coalition meetings, oral health coalition activities as approved by members of the steering committee, and policies and programs to increase access to high quality oral health care for all populations in Kentucky.
*Student individual members must be a full-time student
- Receive one vote per entity and can vote on coalition decisions, including policy priorities, election of officers, and other coalition related decisions.
- Organizational members are invited to attend all coalition meetings and activities and take part in coalition workgroups.
- Dues provide resources to support annual coalition meetings, oral health coalition activities as approved by members or the executive committee, and policies and programs to increase access to high quality oral health care for all populations in Kentucky.
- Organizational logos will appear on various publications, promotional materials, and related documents online and print as an organizational member of the coalition.
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