2020 Missouri Oral Health Policy Conference -

Show Me Access to Health!

The Mission of the Missouri Coalition for Oral Health is to improve oral health with all Missourians by advocating for sound public policy. 


March 5 & March 6, 2020

Capitol Plaza Hotel, 415 West McCarty Street, Jefferson City, Missouri

Register Here!

MCOH prefers payment by check. It is fine to provide your check at the conference site, or you can send your check by mail to MCOH, PO Box 1432, Jefferson City, MO 65102-1432.  Please completer online registration and select pay by check. 


Thursday March 5:

8 AM  – Oral Health Legislative Awareness Event – Capitol Building – 3rd floor alcove - Stand up for Missouri oral health! - optional

10 AM Preconference Session on Public Water Fluoridation: Advocating for Community Water Fluoridation - Dr. Johnson - Sponsored by the American Fluoridation Society – Lincoln room

10 AM  Preconference Session on Dental Sealants: The Dental Bur is Not the Cutting Edge of Dentistry - Dr. Bill Maas - St. Louis room

10:30 AM MCOH Board Meeting – Open to the Membership - Springfield room

Conference starts with Lunch in the grand ballroom

12:30 PM Keynote – Dr. Timothy L. Ricks, DMD, Rear Admiral (RADM), Assistant Surgeon General, Chief Dental Officer, U.S. Public Health Service

2 PM Panel: Increasing Access through School-Based Oral Health: Moderator: Molly Imming (Show-Me School-Based Health Alliance) – Speakers: Courtney Garland (COMTREA), Kim Farrell (Lincoln County Health Department), Dr. Robin Wallin (Parkway Schools), Dr. Molly Tegerdine (Community Health Center of Central Missouri)

3:45 PM Quick Focus:

Oral Health ECHO – Dr. Nathan Suter

Improving the Oral Health of People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities - Leslie D. DeGroat, RN, Clinical Coordinator for State Operated Programs 

4 PM  Oral Health Champion Awards

5 PM Networking Mixer

Friday March 6:

6:30 AM  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.  

8 AM  Panel: Engaging for Oral Health: Community Health Workers Make the Connection - Moderator: Tiffany Muessig (DHSS) – Speakers: LeReecia Carter (Family Health Centers, St. Louis); Suzanne Smith (Health Care Collaborative of Rural Missouri); Joy Weis (Sr. Manager of Special Projects)/Lacey Martens (CHW) (Jordan Valley Community Health Center)

9:30 AM Panel: Medicaid Provider – Presented by private providers from around Missouri working with Medicaid – sponsored by the American Dental Association- Moderator: Dr. Nathan Suter, Coalition Board Chair - Speakers: Jackie Barger (Children’s Smile Center), Katie Schroeder (Cass County Dental Clinic), & Dr. Aaron Bumann (Dentistry for Children/ Missouri Academy of Pediatric Dentistry)

11:00 AM  Missouri Oral Health and Community Health: Status, Challenges and Work in Progress  - John N. Dane, DDS, FAAHD, DABSCD, Dental Director

Conference closes with lunch


Register Here!

MCOH prefers payment by check. It is fine to provide your check at the conference site, or you can send your check by mail to MCOH, PO Box 1432, Jefferson City, MO 65102-1432.  Please completer online registration and select pay by check. 

Having trouble registering? Let us know at info@oralhealthmissouri.org 

Thanks to the Missouri Primary Care Association for providing CEUs – Special thanks to Karen Dent for her support!


Students Pay No Registration

The Coalition is allowing students to attend without fee.


Conference Registration Includes Individual 2020 Coalition Membership


Lodging and Parking available on-site at the Capitol Plaza Hotel.  Click Here for room reservations


Travel from out-of-state to Jefferson City –

There are major airports in St. Louis (2 hr. drive) and Kansas City (2.5 hr. drive).  There is a small regional airport between Jefferson City and Columbia served by American Airlines and United. The Columbia Regional Airport (COU) is about a 20 minute drive from downtown Jefferson City.  There are direct flights from Chicago (O’Hare), Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) and Denver.  Learn more about airlines, local transport, etc. at https://www.flycou.com/ It is advised that car rentals from this airport be arranged ahead of time. It is also advised that you inquire about taxi fees prior to transport.


Thanks our 2020 Conference Sponsors! Our mission work would be impossible without your support!