2023 Missouri Oral Health Policy Conference – Transforming Access


CEU's availble! The Missouri Coalition for Oral Health is an approved continuing educator by the Missouri Dental Board.

For DoubleTree by Hilton hotel accomodations click Here.

Thank you to our Sponsors

Thank you to our Exhibitors

Pre-Conference Webinars

Jan. 27, 2023, Noon - Medicaid 101 for Providers (Amanda Fahrendorf, MO HealthNet)

Feb. 10, 2023, Noon - The Impact of HPV Vaccinations – Oral Health at the Center (Dr. Jacqueline Miller)  

Feb. 17, 2023, Noon – Oral Health Advocacy Skill Development (for those attending the Oral Health Legislative Awareness event on March 2nd) - Gary Harbison, MA, Executive Director; Ashley Herrman, MPH, CHES, Community Outreach & Project Development Director

Feb. 24, 2023, Noon –  Taking the World by Storm – Innovation in Dental Sealant Application (Jill Pyle, MSSU & Dr. Latasha Vick, MSSU/KCU)


Thursday, March 2, 2023

8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. (Optional) Oral Health Legislative Awareness Event  - Capitol Building - 3rd floor alcove Senate side

A pre-legislative awareness event webinar will be held on February 17th at noon.

10:30 a.m. - Welcome - Gary Harbison

10:35 a.m. - Session 1 - Treat Me Tender- Engaging Community in Oral Health Policy - Kaylan Szafranski, MSW, Health Policy Director, NC Child: The Voice for North Carolina’s Children  

Noon - Lunch & Networking

12:30 p.m. - Session 2 - The Spirit of Change in National Oral Health Policy - Colin Reusch, Director of Policy at Community Catalyst

1:45 p.m. - Session 3 - Bridging to MO HealthNet Dental Access - Dale Carr (Director, Missouri Medicaid Audit & Compliance), Amanda Fahrendorf (MO HealthNet Division), Halie Payne (Professional Affairs Director, Missouri Dental Association),  Jessica Emmerich (Dental Medicaid Facilitator, Missouri Coalition for Oral Health) Conference registrants are encouraged to attend the webinar on January 27th at Noon (Medicaid 101 for Dental Providers) in preparation for the MO HealthNet dental panel at the conference.

3:30 p.m. - Session 4 - Shifting the Battle for Community Health - Gwen Sullentrup (Missouri Office of Dental Health) Dr. Lisa Bosch, DMD (Edina, MO), Dr. Molly Foster, DMD (Sedalia, Katy Trail Community Health), Jessica Burdick, RDH (Sedalia, Katy Trail Community Health), Roger Sullivan (Marceline, MO) 

5:00 p.m. - Oral Health Champion Awards

5:30 p.m. - Networking Mixer- Upper Floor Lounge (next to Sapphires)

 Friday, March 3, 2023

6:30 - 8:00 a.m. - Breakfast & Networking Discussion Tables: You are invited to participate in open discussions about a variety of topics. Please join a discussion anytime during breakfast.  Feel free to rotate to multiple discussions. These discussions are self-directed and not facilitated.

Discussion Topics:

  1. Oral Health Access for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  2. Preventive Interventions: Community Water Fluoridation;
  3. Preventive Interventions: Dental Sealants;
  4. Oral Health and Primary Care Integration;
  5. Dental Health Equity;
  6. Oral Health Advocacy;
  7. Maternal and Child Oral Health;
  8. Seniors and Oral Health

8:00 a.m. - Session 5 - Excellence in Oral Health Care for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities - Kyle Isaacs, RDH

9:30 a.m. - Session 6 - The Shape of Things to Come - Value-Based Care - Rebekah Mathews, MPA, CareQuest Institute for Oral Health, Vice President, Health Improvment

11:00 a.m. - Session 7 - The State of the State of Missouri Oral Health - Dr. Jacqueline Miller, State Dental Director

12:30 p.m. - Closing, Lunch and Networking


Thank you to our Conference Committee for organizing a great conference!

Dr. Jacqueline Miller (Committee Chair)

Julie Boeckman

Carol Berger

John Dane

Karen Dent

Tiffany Grant

Jessica Gibala

Deborah Manne

Dr. Mike McCunniff

Gwen Sullentrup

Gary Harbison

Ashley Herrman

Melissa Kleffner-Wansing

Jessica Emmerich

Sarah Dirksen