Arizona Oral Health Coalitions

Arizona Alliance for Community Health Centers


Jan Grutzius
Oral Health Program Manager

The Advancing Optimal Oral Health in Arizona project, funded by the DentaQuest Foundation, is part of the national initiative – Strengthening the Oral Health Safety Net. This initiative is providing support to Primary Care Association and community health center dental programs, with the following focus areas in mind:

  • Promoting inter-professional activities among dental and medical programs in Community Health Centers
  • Elevating the importance of oral health within the PCA and developing executive leadership at Community Health Centers to promote optimal oral health
  • Advancing safety net oral health needs at the state level
  • Optimizing the management of dental programs to provide sustainable and effective oral health care

We are working with health center dental programs to improve and strengthen management, finances, leadership, and community outreach activities. We are striving to provide support to our dental clinics so they can provide the best care to their patients. In addition, we hope to develop and maintain relationships with our partner organizations that are already making strides in oral health in order to work together to improve the status of oral health in Arizona.

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MOLAR Coalition

UnknownThe Maricopa County Oral Health Leaders/Advocates and Resources (MOLAR) Coalition is a dedicated group of concerned providers and social service agencies who are committed to addressing the oral health issues in their community. They have recently transitioned to a 501(c)(3) nonprofit status, with a Board of Directors and Executive Council made up of dedicated oral health leaders in Maricopa County. Anyone with an interest in oral health is welcomed to join MOLAR. Meetings are hosted at the Arizona Community Dental Clinic, 1150 E. Washington Street, Phoenix, Arizona 85034 on the second Friday of every other month (Jan/Mar/May/Jul/Sep/Nov). MOLAR More Information or email

Navajo-Apache-Gila Regional Oral Health Coalition

Navajo-Apache-Gila (NAG) Regional Oral Health Coalition was formed in 2008. It serves Navajo, Apache and Gila counties and contiguous Tribal areas of the White Mountain Apache, Navajo Nation and Hopi. NAG Oral Health Coalition is committed to helping all citizens, particularly young children, achieve a level of oral health that not only meets, but exceeds national standards by recognizing our counties’ oral needs and implementing programs that will decrease oral disease.

For more information please contact Connie Baine, RDH, AP, BS at