Ontario Oral Health Alliance (OOHA)
The Ontario Oral Health Alliance (OOHA) got started in January 2007 by a group of community dental coalitions who wanted to show policy makers that improving access to dental care was a goal shared by many people across Ontario. OOHA is made up of representatives from a number of organizations and members of the public from:
Bramalea, Toronto, Kingston, Ottawa, Thunder Bay, Durham, Halton, the Counties of Leeds Grenville, Lanark, Hastings, Prince Edward, Peterborough, Northumberland, Lennox, Addington and Haliburton.
OOHA's vision is: a system that allows for equitable dental care for all Ontarians
Invitation to Support Ontario Oral Health Alliance Postcard Campaign
Thousands of adults in Ontario cannot afford dental care. They experience pain and infection and have nowhere to turn but the emergency room of their local hospital. In 2008 Premier McGuinty committed to develop a dental program for all low income families.
Since then we have new dental programs for low income children – but still no programs for adults.The Ontario Oral Health Alliance wants to raise public awareness about this urgent health problem…. and build support for the Ontario government to extend provincial programs to include adults who cannot afford emergency dental services.
2014 OOHA Symposium
THE SOCIAL DETERMINANTS OF ORAL HEALTH: Moving forward in our call for public dental programs for low income adults
Keynote Speaker - Dr. Carlos Quiñonez, DMD, MSc, PhD, FRCDC, University of Toronto – "How to reduce the dental care gap between the rich and the poor in Ontario."
Dr Robert Hawkins, Dental Consultant, Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health – Ensuring dental care is part of local poverty reduction work: Update on the Guelph & Wellington Task Force for Poverty Elimination.
Lori Kleinsmith and Rhonda Barron, Health Promoters, Bridges Community Health Centre - Bridges Community Health Centre will share initial results and lessons from its community Dental Health Survey, as well as next steps in the advocacy process.
Jacquie Maund, Policy and Government Relations Lead - Association of Ontario Health Centres - "OOHA Campaign: What are our strengths, weaknesses, opportunities & threats?"
Sue Hochu – OOHA logo presentation
2013 OOHA Symposium
KEEPING THE MOMENTUM
Dr. Arlene King - Chief Medical Officer of Health, Ontario - "Oral Health in Ontario"
Jacquie Maundd - Association of Ontario Health Centres - "Increasing public awareness and support for affordable, accessable public oral health programs"
Anna Rusak - Chairperson OOHA - "Accomplishments of OOHA Postcard Campaign 2013"
Durham Region: Employability Program - A co-operative comprehensive approach