Oral Health

Coalition Meeting


Join us for the next SC Oral Health Coalition meeting from 10am-12pm on Friday, 5/17/2024 at the SC Thrive Building/CCHA Offices located at 120 Research Drive, Columbia, SC 29203.

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South Carolina Oral Health Action Network

Connecting to Impact Oral Health in South Carolina

The South Carolina Oral Health Coalition is transforming and expanding into the South Carolina Oral Health Action Network (SCOHAN). This action focused organization includes oral health stakeholders, public and private entities and community-based organizations who are seeking solutions to support, promote and improve oral health for every individual in South Carolina. This is responsive to the Priority 1 of the SC State Oral Health Plan. The SCOHAN activities are intended to support the objectives in the South Carolina State Oral Health Plan (SCSOHP) and address lifespan oral health problems and issues affecting the state’s population.

Vision: The vision of the SC Oral Health Action Network (SCOHAN) is to improve the oral health status of all South Carolinians through collaborative partnerships, innovative evidence-based initiatives, oral health integration and preventive public health strategies.

The 2022-2026 South Carolina State Oral Health Plan (SOHP) is the result of generous contributions of time, energy and brain power from individuals and organizations from across the state. The plan was developed over a year and included a data gathering phase, in-person and virtual convenings of diverse collaborators, and the creation of a comprehensive final version that will be shared with stakeholders and will serve as a roadmap to address oral health in South Carolina.

We are hiring for the South Carolina Oral Health Action Network Coordinator!

The Oral Health Network Coordinator will be responsible for further developing, implementing, and coordinating the grant-funded oral health project to establish the SC Oral Health Action Network. This contractual position will work in collaboration with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control’s (SCDHEC) Division of Oral Health (DOH) and the Center for Community Health Alignment (CCHA). The job closes on 12/29/2023.

Click Apply Now to learn more about the position and to submit your cover letter and resume.

Upcoming Events

South Carolina Oral Health Coalition Meetings

Next Meeting

Friday, December 1, 2023
Virtual (Time TBD)


Past Meetings

South Carolina Oral Health Coalition Meeting

Friday. September 22nd, 2023
Center for Community Health Alignment

  • Highlights from the meeting include:
    An update on the Public Health Dental Prevention Program, Community Water Fluoridation mini-grants, and the Oral Health Diabetes Medical Dental Integration project.
  • Information about a NEW partnership and initiative around Oral Health and Opioids that is currently being launched.
  • Discussion about the upcoming release of the Statewide Oral Health Needs Assessment Report which is expected to be available in January 2024 and will provide a snapshot of the current status of children’s oral health in SC.
  • A historical view of the Coalition as we look to expanding and evolving into an entity that can be responsive to and a part of improving oral health in the state.

Meeting Presentation

Oral Health Community Roundtables

October 29th, 2021
Lee County

November 12th, 2021
Williamsburg County

The SC Oral Health Coalition, in collaboration with the Division of Oral Health at DHEC, the USC Arnold School of Public Health CARE Team and MUSC, hosted two Oral Health Roundtables. These events brought together community stakeholders to discuss their county’s oral health data as it relates to the challenges that exist around meeting oral health needs in Williamsburg County and Lee County.

These meetings provided an opportunity for community leaders and members to learn about their county level oral health data; identify key oral health issues faced by the community; and initiate county level linkages around oral health.

South Carolina Oral Health Coalition Meetings

What we do

The Connecting Smiles initiative aims to improve oral health of the citizens of South Carolina by strengthening the linkage between individuals, community-based programs and medical and dental providers.

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Contact Info

South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control

2100 Bull Street, Columbia, SC 29201