Welcome to Saskatchewan Oral Health Coalition!
Through a unified voice, the Saskatchewan Oral Health Coalition works collaboratively with dedicated partners to improve the oral and overall health of Saskatchewan residents.
As an inter-disciplinary group, we strive to identify and address the needs of vulnerable populations, and by using evidence based decision making, promote advocacy, education, prevention and standards.
The concept of an oral health coalition began as a plan to expand partnerships in the community and was identified during a Saskatoon Health Region- Dental Health Program (SHR-DHP) Review in 2007. Best practice literature at the time stated that developing a coalition focused on oral health and including community partners and stakeholders was an excellent practice to expand the importance of oral health to a broad and diverse group of individuals and agencies. This would allow for an intersectoral approach for problem solving and working together to improve the oral health of the community.
The SHR-DHP supervisor was proactive in the development process. From 2008-2010 the supervisor presented to the professional dental associations and various community groups. The presentations focused on the dental health program review, an update on current work related to dental public health in the SHR and an invitation to be involved in the Saskatoon Oral Health Coalition. Associations, groups and agencies that were approached expressed a keen interest to be involved.
The inaugural meeting of the Saskatoon Oral Health Coalition (OHC) was May 26/2010. Over 70 people were in attendance with a wide variety of agencies and groups represented. There was wide support for the need for an Oral Health Coalition to tackle many of the oral health issues in the area. The coalition set about meeting twice each year. This schedule continues with a spring and fall meeting. There is consistent representation from a wide variety of interested individuals and groups. Overall membership is approximately one-third oral health professionals with the remainder being other health professionals, education, government and community agencies.
Between 2010-2012, there was a shift in direction for the coalition driven by the Saskatoon OHC members. On October 30th, 2012 members voted to change the name of the coalition to the Saskatchewan Oral Health Coalition and broaden the reach to include the province. The focus is on oral health issues and concerns related to populations at high risk of oral disease and low/minimum access to oral care.