2021 Missouri Oral Health Policy Conference -

Driving Innovation -  Meeting Challenges

A virtual conference with networking and learning to achieve the MCOH vision of oral health for all!


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


 March 4 & March 5, 2021

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Conference Agenda

During the conference there will be opportunities for interaction, frequent breaks and brief presentations by exhibiting organizations.


Medicaid Expansion and Health Equity

Thursday, March 4, 2021, 9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

Online Lecture & Power Point; 1 CDE, No prerequisites required

Speaker: Ryan Barker

See conference agenda for disclosure and biography

Course Description: In August 2020 Missouri residents voted to join 37 other states and the District of Columbia in expanding the State Medicaid Program. This presentation will explore what Medicaid Expansion means for health equity in Missouri.

Objectives: At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Define health equity and discuss factors that impact health equity
  • Describe how Medicaid Expansion will affect health care coverage for Missouri residents
  • List potential consequences of Medicaid Expansion on health equity in Missouri

10:15 AM: Exhibitor Focus – Home State Health, Dr. Jennifer Wessels, Medical Director and Exhibitor Focus – Division of Developmental Disabilities, Missouri Department of Mental Health

The Missouri Office of Dental Health Update

Thursday, March 4, 2021, 10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Online Lecture & Power Point; 1 CDE, No prerequisites required

Speakers: Dr. John Dane & Julie Boeckman

See conference agenda for disclosure and biography

Course Description: A discussion of the oral health activities, plans and program objectives of the Office of Dental Health, Department of Health and Senior Services for the coming year.  I addition there will be a presentation of the latest surveillance data of the oral health status of citizens of Missouri. 

Objectives: At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to describe the:

  • Activities of the Office of Dental Health in general
  • Key elements of the oral health surveillance in Missouri
  • Program objectives for the Office of Dental Health for the coming year.

11:55 AM: Sponsor Focus – Delta Dental of Missouri

COVID- 19 Vaccines: The Only Way Out?

Thursday, March 4, 2021, 1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Online Lecture & Power Point; .5 CDE, No prerequisites required

Speaker: Dr. Steve Scholand

See conference agenda for disclosure and biography


Course Description: Review important epidemiological updates in COVID-19 and disease manifestations, with a focus on vaccine technology and available COVID-19 Vaccines. How do we get out of this pandemic?

Objectives: At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Briefly review updated epidemiology in the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Review disease manifestations, with a focus on oral health
  • Review current COVID-19 vaccines and vaccine technology

 1:30 PM: Exhibitor Focus – Midwest Special Needs Trust

Rural Children in Crisis

Thursday, March 4, 2021, 1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Online Lecture & Power Point; 1.25 CDE, No prerequisites required

Speakers: Dr. Carol Berger & Ashley Herrman

See conference agenda for disclosure and biography

Course Description: Oral health care is an essential component of quality health, yet many Missourians go without every year. This spills over to Missouri’s children as well. Join us as we view the film “Rural Children in Crisis” and breakout into small group discussion to delve into the root causes of poor oral health in children and develop calls to action that we can all take to improve the oral health status of Missouri’s children.

Objectives: At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the barriers surrounding oral health care for children.
  • Provide at least two possible solutions to improve the oral health delivery system for children on Medicaid.

3 PM: Exhibitor Focus – Missouri Telehealth Network and Exhibitor Focus – Healthy Blue

Oral Health Champion Awards,Dr. Dane Recognition & Informal Networking  

Thursday, March 4, 2021, 3 PM 


Prevention in Action: Dental Sealants

Sponsored by MO Dept. of Health & Senior Services, Office of Dental Health

Friday, March 5, 2021, 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Online Lecture & Power Point; 1.5 CDE, No prerequisites required

Speakers: Candace Owen, RDH, Dr. Irene Hilton (NNOHA)

See conference agenda for disclosure and biography

Course Description: Dental sealants are one of the two most effective, research proven methods to prevent dental caries in children. With the COVID-19 pandemic, prevention of dental decay is even more essential to promote overall health in patients. This session will discuss the evidence-base and reasons for placing dental sealants and address persistent myths about sealants. In addition, this session will discuss strategies to increase sealant placement and how to convey the benefits of dental sealants to families.

Objectives: At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Review the evidence base for applying dental sealants.
  • Describe strategies to increase sealant placement.
  • Teach families the benefits of sealants

10 AM: Exhibitor Focus – Teledentistry.com, Vilas Sastry, CEO   

Creating Access: Teledentistry in Missouri

Friday, March 5, 2021, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Online Lecture & Power Point; 2 CDE, No prerequisites required

Speakers: Caroline, McLeod, Dr. Geoff Peterson, Dr. Emily Oehler, Dr. Madeline Sloan, Dr. Nathan Suter, & Dr. Nicholas Hein

See conference agenda for disclosure and biography

Course Description: Teledentisry has risen to the forefront of the response to the pandemic. This panel will include both a national perspective from the Dentaquest Partnership and what can be learned from the response of dentists and patients around the country. In addition, we will learn how multiple dentists in Missouri have used teledentistry in response to the pandemic including private practice dentists and public health.

Objectives: At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss national trends in teledentistry adoption
  • Explain how teledentistry can help a dental practice for the pandemic and beyond
  • List multiple applications of teledentistry
  • Describe different workflows and technologies used for implementing teledentistry

12:30 PM: Exhibitor Focus – Access Teledentistry

Oral Disease Prevention through Evidence-Based Interventions

Sponsored by MO Dept. of Health & Senior Services, Office of Dental Health

Friday, March 5, 2021, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Online Lecture & Power Point; 1 CDE, No prerequisites required

Speaker: Tooka Zokaie, MPH

See conference agenda for disclosure and biography

Course Description: Entering the 76th year of community water fluoridation in the United States poses new opportunities and challenges to both expanding this program and maintaining trust in the best evidence that supports this oral disease preventing program. In addition, dental sealants are more accessible than ever before, and providers can continue to make their placement more readily available in practice. The presentation will dive into these oral disease prevention practices and share the latest evidence to intersect oral health in population health.

Objectives: At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss latest evidence in community water fluoridation
  • Describe practices for dental sealant community programs
  • Explain evidence-based oral disease prevention in the context of population health

2:30 PM: Exhibitor Focus – DHSS MO Public Health Information Management System

Oral Health Advocacy Skill Development

Friday, March 5, 2021, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Online Lecture & Power Point; 1 CDE, No prerequisites required

Speaker: Gary Harbison & Ashley Herrman

See conference agenda for disclosure and biography

Course Description: Have you ever wanted to talk with your elected officials but didn’t know where to start? Do you know how to structure a meeting with a Legislator? All of these things questions and more will be answered during this session as we dive into the basics of advocacy and MCOH’s policy agenda. Through interactive skill development, participants will have the opportunity to role play a legislative meeting and practice advocating for oral health before being given a call to action for the months ahead.

Objectives: At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Identify at least three MCOH policy priorities.
  • Employ advocacy techniques in speaking with elected officials.
  • Conduct effective legislative meetings.

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Need assistance registering? Contact MCOH at info@oralhealthmissouri.org 


Conference Registration Includes Individual 2021 Coalition Membership


Thank you 2021 Conference Sponsors! Our mission work would be impossible without your support! 




  • This continuing education activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the standards of the ADA Continuing Education Recognition Program (ADA CERP) through joint efforts between Missouri Primary Care Association and Missouri Coalition for Oral Health. The Missouri Primary Care Association (MPCA) is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider. ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry. MPCA designates this activity for 9 continuing education credits for full participation in all sessions. Concerns or complaints about a CE provider may be directed to the provider or to ADA CERP at www.ada.org/cerp. For further information contact Karen Dent, Oral Health Network of Missouri Director, 3325 Emerald Lane, Jefferson City, Missouri 65109, 573-636-4222, kdent@mo-pca.org.
  • Regular registration is $50. Limited Income registration is $30. Students may register free. If you are unable to attend following registration you may contact MCOH at info@oralhealthmissouri.org to request a refund or to donate your registration to MCOH.  Donations to MCOH are tax deductible as allowed by law. MCOH is a 501(c)(3) non-profit. 

Thanks to the Missouri Primary Care Association for providing CEUs