Oral health coalitions partner to host free dental health summit in Flint

FLINT — The Genesee Health Plan (GHP) Oral Health Coalition has partnered with the Michigan Oral Health Coalition (MOHC) to present the 2019 Michigan Central Area Oral Health Summit for the Genesee County Area on June 14 from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at Mott Community College Event Center located at 1401 E. Court St., Flint.

The summit will feature topics including maternal and infant oral health, water fluoridation, health conditions caused by poor oral health and how oral health impacts overall health of the body. Experts will also discuss the Flint Water Crisis and its impact on oral health for adults and children.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for people to gather together and network while learning more about oral health issues that are affecting our communities,” said Patti Ulrich, Michigan Oral Health Coalition Interim Executive Director. “People taking part in this program will know how to readily identify opportunities to develop medical and dental integration and get a timely update on the fluoridation of water and the impact that the Flint Water Crisis has had in our region.”

The summit will conclude with a panel discussion on the identification of barriers to accessing oral health services including social and cultural barriers. Panelists include dentists, community leaders, elected officials, and health and dental professionals.

Health Alliance Plan, Genesee Health Plan and Valley Area Agency on Aging are sponsoring the event. The summit is free to the public and offers four continuing education credits (CEs) for attendees. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

“We partnered with the Michigan Oral Health Coalition to host this year’s summit because we know how important oral health is on overall health. Through our local coalition hosting this summit, community members can learn more about current oral health issues and also the impact of the Flint Water Crisis on oral health,” said Jim Milanowski, GHP President and CEO.

Registration is required and can be completed by visiting conta. cc/2HNnW5z. G.G.