Apple Tree invests time and resources in local, regional, and national coalitions to create broader awareness of the importance of oral health and find common ground on contentious issues.In Minnesota, these efforts have included MOHC and its predecessor, the Minnesota Association for Community Dentistry. For example, Policy Director Deb Jacobi, RDH, MA was appointed by the Minnesota Department of Health to serve on MOHC’s initial Board of Directors. In 2013, as interim President, she helped secure multi-year funding from the Otto Bremer and Delta Dental Foundations.
This year’s annual conference will feature a presentation by Karen Engstrom, RDH, COO, and partners from Zumbro Valley Health Services, on inter-professional collaboration in an integrated health home and the “Call it Quits Referral Program”. Apple Tree is a participant in this tobacco cessation effort through a grant fromClearWay Minnesota. http://www.minnesotaoralhealthcoalition.org.
The presentation can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/dWZ6FMviToI