Oral Health Advocacy Task Force

Just as the mouth is part of the body, oral health is a part of overall health.  People cannot be healthy unless they have access to the dental services they need. 

For many years, HCFA has worked on issues related to oral health, including community water fluoridation, public awareness about the importance of oral health, and access to comprehensive dental care for everyone. The Oral Health Advocacy Task Force (OHAT) is a broad-based statewide coalition of consumers, advocates, health care professionals, academics and insurers. The Oral Health Advocacy Task Force works closely with the Legislative Oral Health Caucus, chaired by Senator Harriette Chandler and Representative John Scibak, to improve oral health for all persons in the Commonwealth through public policy advocacy.

Coalition Members

1199SEIU - United Health Care Worker's East

ABCD Head Start

AIDS Action Committee

American Academy of Pediatricians, Massachusetts Chapter

Association for Behavioral Healthcare

Better Oral Health Massachuesetts Coalition

Boston Benefits Partners

Boston Center for Independent Living

Boston Children's Hospital

Boston Commission for Persons with Disabilities

Black Ministerial Alliance of Greater Boston

Boston NAACP

Boston Public Health Commission - HIV Dental Program

Boston Public Health Commission - Office of Oral Health

Boston University School of Dental Medicine

Brockton Neighborhood Health Center

Brookside Community Health Center

Center for Research to Evaluate and Eliminate Dental Disparities

Children's Dental Health Project

Codman Square Health Center

Community Catalyst

Community Health Center of Franklin County

Community Servings

Dementia Friendly Massachusetts

DentaQuest Foundation

Dimock Street Health Center

Disability Policy Consortium

DotHouse Health

Forsyth Institute

Greater Boston Food Bank

Greater Boston Interfaith Organization

Greater Boston Legal Services

Greater Lawrence Family Health Center

Harvard University School of Dental Medicine

Health Care For All

Health Law Advocates 

Health Resources in Action

Heywood Healthcare

Hilltown Community Health Centers

 Holyoke Mall Dental Health Center 

Latino Health Insurance Program

Lowell Community Health Center

Martha’s Vineyard Community Services

Mass League of Community Health Centers

Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition

Massachusetts Academy of Family Physicians

Massachusetts Association for School-Based Health Care

Massachusetts Association of Community Health Workers

Massachusetts Chapter of the Academy of Pediatrics

Massachusetts Dental Hygiene Association

Massachusetts Dental Society

Massachusetts Head Start Association

Massachusetts Organization for Addiction and Recovery

Massachusetts Public Health Association

Massachusetts School Nurse Association

Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children

Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition

Multi-cultural Aids Coalition

Multi-cultural Independent Living Center Boston

North Central Massachusetts Minority Coalition

North Quabbin Community Coalition

Northampton Survival Center

Northern Berkshire Community Coalition

Public Health Institute of Western Massachusetts

Rosie's Place

Smiles By Rosie

Somali Development Center

Southeast Asian Coalition

STEPRox Recovery Center

The Arc of Massachusetts

Tufts University School of Dental Medicine

Union of Minority Neighborhoods

United Way of Franklin County

University of Massachusetts Medical School

Vineyard Health Access Program

Windsor Dental Clinic - Cambridge Health Alliance

*Organizations in bold are members of OHAT's Steering Committee