Welcome to Saskatchewan Oral Health Coalition!

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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.

  • Accountable
  • Collaborative
  • Common Goals (short and long term)
  • Dedicated
  • Evidence-Based Practice
  • Focus on Overall Wellbeing 

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.

2007:

  • Saskatoon Oral Health Coalition (SOHC) concept was identified through a program review conducted by Saskatoon Health Region – Public Health Services – Oral Health Program.
  • Best practice literature indicated that oral health improvement can be significant when working in partnership with the community.

2008 and 2009:

  • Oral Health Program supervisor made presentations to various stakeholders related to the development of an oral health coalition for the health region, and invited their participation.

2010:

  • May 26, 2010 Inaugural meeting of the Saskatoon Oral Health Coalition, at The Willows in Saskatoon, with attendance of approximately 70 people.
  • Inaugural meeting provided partners with updates on current oral health programming in Saskatoon Health Region, University of Saskatchewan-College of Dentistry, Long Term Care, White Buffalo Youth Lodge, and Population and Public Health – Oral Health Program.  Session also included a facilitated process to identify future, common action plans.
  • November 3, 2010 meeting at Parkridge Centre focused on partner updates and priority setting .Building a Healthier Saskatchewan- Improving Children’s Oral Health at Risk Initiative was introduced for community feedback.

2011:

  •  Oral Health Coalition meetings at Parkridge Centre and the 4 Points Sheraton in May and October of 2011.  Meetings included partner update and challenges (such as water fluoridation in Saskatoon), in addition to facilitated strategic planning for future growth and development.
  • The Leadership Team was implemented to oversee the future development of the OHC. Leadership Team worked on guidelines, mandate, vision and stakeholders mapping.

2012:

  • Oral Health Coalition meetings at The Willows in May and Oct 2012. Focus on oral health in Long Term Care (LTC) home, Early Childhood Caries, Early childhood and maternal oral health. Vision and philosophy, logo, and Leadership Team Terms of Reference were approved by membership.   On Oct 30/12 the membership voted to expand the coalition to the province. The new name of the coalition was voted on and it became the Saskatchewan Oral Health Coalition.

2013:

  • Meetings at The Willows in May and November. Focus on Maternal and Child Oral Health Project by the Saskatchewan Prevention Institute, Canada’s Tooth Fairy Foundation, fluoridation in Saskatchewan, and the Saskatchewan Oral Health in LTC Strategy.
  • Application to National Children’s Oral Health Foundation (America’s Tooth Fairy) for Saskatchewan to become the first Oral Health Zone in Canada for the Canada’s Tooth Fairy. Application successful and Saskatchewan became an Oral Health Zone in August 2013.
  • Website under development for membership approval. Newsletter launched in Nov 2013. Administrative support hired for the SOHC.

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