OOHA Symposium Save the Date April 20162016 Ontario Oral Health Alliance Symposium: Real Stories, Real Change: Telling Our Oral Health Stories


Friday, April 15, 2016  

9:30 AM to 3:00 PM

Innovation Guelph
111 Farquhar St., 3rd Floor
Guelph, ON N1H 3N4

The Ontario Oral Health Alliance invites you to attend the Real Stories...Real Change: Telling Our Oral Health Stories to learn about: 

  • Models of public oral health care delivery for vulnerable people in different Ontario communities 
  • How to turn evidence and personal stories into an advocacy action plan in your community




Symposium Agenda:


Morning (10am - 12pm)

  • Welcome & Introduction from the Guelph & Wellington Task Force for Poverty Elimination & Oral Health Action Committee
  • History of Ontario Oral Health Alliance & current advocacy efforts
  • The Power of Stories in Advocacy - local storyteller
  • Need for Appropriate Models of Oral Health Care Delivery
    • Mobile Dental Bus Serving Adults - (speaker TBA)
    • Community Health Centre Dental Clinic - Quest Community Health Centre
    • Adult Education & Preventative Services Pilot - Wellington Dufferin Guelph Public Health

Afternoon (1pm - 3pm)

  • Adding Data to Community Stories to Support Advocacy
    • Kerri-Ann Wilson, Gateway Community Health Centre - Learn how Gateway CHC successfully used data on the costs of the lack of access to dental care to secure public funding to support their dental clinic.
    • Debbie Oakley, Simcoe Muskoka Public Health Unit - Learn how to turn ER/physician stats into a compelling argument for investment in prevention to save healthcare costs
  • Turning Data and Stories into a Plan for Community Awareness & Action
    • Randalin Ellery, Guelph & Wellington Task Force for Poverty Elimination - Learn how the Poverty Task Force & Oral Health Action Committee took research data and stories to increase community awareness and action.
    • Update on Government of Ontario's promise to extend dental programs by 2025 (speaker TBA)
  • OOHA Symposium 2018 Material

    Follow this link to the view material from the Ontario Oral Health Alliance forum - The Gap in our Healthcare System – Access to Oral Healthcare Ontario Oral Health Alliance (OOHA) held at Queens Park in March 2018.

  • Check Out fluorideexposed.org

    Your source for high quality, detailed science on fluoride and fluoridation.

    We are a non-profit charitable project with a mission to make fields related to water, health, teeth, and chemistry more transparent and accessible.

  • TED Talk - What Causes Cavities

    When a team of archeologists recently came across some 15,000-year-old human remains, they made an interesting discovery: the teeth of those ancient humans were riddled with holes. So what causes cavities, and how can we avoid them? Mel Rosenberg takes us inside our teeth to find out. Follow this link to YouTube and learn more.

  • Government Funded Programs in Ontario

    This resource, from the Ontario Association of Public Health Dentistry, provides a summary of government funded dental programs in Ontario including details of eligibility, coverage and other useful program related information.



  • Resources

    Did you know that more than 2.3 million Ontarians cannot afford to see a dental professional and that one third of workers in Ontario do not have medical or dental benefits? 

    Learn more about this and more from recent resources... 

  • Support Letter from University of Toronto

    Read the letter
     from the Dean of the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Dentistry supporting community water fluoridation.