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South Carolina’s response to the silent epidemic of dental disease was to assemble a group of interested and committed stakeholders to guide the process of increasing recognition of oral health issues among policy makers and the public. The South Carolina Oral Health Coalition (SCOHC) was formed in 2003.

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South Carolina Oral Health Coalition

The SC Oral Health Coalition (SCOHC) is comprised of a diverse group of stakeholders from private practice, public health, health care, academia and communities who are familiar with practice issues related to health care. The Division of Oral Health (DOH) staff work closely with the SCOHACC and it is considered part of the oral health infrastructure in South Carolina.The SCOHC was formed in November 2003 with the purpose of developing oral health promotion and disease activities at the state and community levels. These 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. Over the last 12 years, through key partnerships, the SCOHC has expanded their state-wide network of stakeholders, consistently received funding to forward oral health improvement objectives, and have contributed to the success in reducing children’s oral health complications by addressing key priorities of the SCSOHP.

Oral Health Community Roundtables

October 15th and October 29th

Williamsburg County and Lee

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, is hosting two Oral Health Roundtables. These events will bring 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 will be 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.

Meeting Details:

The Williamsburg County meeting will take place virtually on October 15, 2021, from 10-12 pm and the Lee County meeting will take place on October 29, 2021, from 10-12 pm. 

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Please email Amanda McAlhany with any questions about the meeting


South Carolina Oral Health Coalition meetings

Friday, September 10, 2021 Via Zoom
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After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Friday February 4, 2022   Location TBD
Friday, April 29, 2022       Location TBD

18th Annual Oral Health Forum

November 12, 2021
SC Hospital Association (tentative) or Virtual

Past 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.

Contact Info

South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control

2100 Bull Street, Columbia, SC 29201