About Us

The DC Pediatric Oral Health Coalition is a community-driven alliance of multidisciplinary public and private stakeholders comprised of pediatric and general dental professionals, medical providers and clinicians, government and public health specialists, health educators, community improvement leaders, and other health and social service related professionals convened for the purpose of addressing one of the most critical issues affecting our children – access to oral health services. 

Mission, Vision, and Values

The mission of the DC Pediatric Oral Health Coalition is to advocate for improved oral health access and care for all children in the District of Columbia.

We envision optimal oral health access and care for all children in the District.

The coalition values:

  • Community engagement and collaboration
  • Shared accountability and knowledge
  • Resource and outcomes efficiency
  • Evidence-based planning and implementation, and evaluation.


In 2009, Health and Health Care among District of Columbia Youth, a community health needs assessment conducted by the RAND Corporation identified oral health as a priority for children in the District of Columbia. In response, Children’s National Health System, through its Child Health Advocacy Institute (CHAI), collaborated with the Office of Head Start, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, Chartered Health DC, Child Health Center Board, Consumer Health Foundation, and the Jessie Ball duPont Fund to pilot advocacy projects that addressed the systemic issues contributing to limited access to oral health care for children in the District. As a result of this project, the DC Pediatric Oral Health Coalition was formed. Thereafter, DentaQuest Foundation funded the 2011-2012 planning year which led to the development of a 2-year action plan. The Coalition concluded the 2-year action plan in 2014 but will continue improving oral health efforts by implementing a new action plan.

List of Members’ Organizations

  • America’s Toothfairy – National Capital Area Oral Health Zone
  • AmeriHealth Caritas DC
  • Children’s National Health System
  • DC Department of Health
  • DC Department of Health Care Finance
  • DC Primary Care Association
  • DentaQuest
  • District of Columbia Public Schools
  • Georgetown University Hospital
  • Howard University College of Dentistry
  • Howard University Hospital
  • Kids Smiles Nonprofit Dental Center
  • Unity Health Care

Funding Partners