2022 Michigan Oral Health Coalition Conference

Thursday-Friday, May 19-20, 2022

8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


Registration and breakfast begin 30 minutes prior to the start of the conference.

Conference Information


The Michigan Oral Health Coalition annual conference is the place to find the latest information on oral health in Michigan. The 2022 Conference will be held May 19 and 20 at the Marriott in East Lansing. The first day, sponsored by the Delta Dental Foundation, will feature national speakers sharing best practices on dental care for people with disabilities. The second day will focus on the value of the Medicaid dental benefit to overall health as well as many innovations in oral health care.


  • Identify 3 barriers to people with disabilities accessing dental care.
  • Name 5 ways that people with disabilities can be supported to access oral health care.
  • List 3 reasons why Medicaid Adult Dental Care is important to population health.
  • Identify 3 actions that you can take to advocate for the proposed Michigan Medicaid Dental Restructure.
  • Describe 5 Oral Health Care Innovations.

What to Expect:

The opportunity to learn the latest in oral health care innovation and a change to network and collaborate with Oral Health Advocates from across the state.

Conference Agenda

Day One:
Thursday, May 19, 2022

8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Welcome

Ellen Sugrue Hyman, Executive Director at Michigan Oral Health Coalition (MOHC)

Kim Singh, President of MOHC Board of Directors

9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Keynote: Oral Health Care Equity & People with Disabilities
Dr. Steve Perlman, Special Olympics Senior Global Clinical Advisor
10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Dental Care Access for People with Disabilities
Barbie Vartanian, Director of Advocacy & Policy Initiatives at NYU College of Dentistry
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Innovations for Dental Care for People with Disabilities
Dr. Holli Seabury, Executive Director at Delta Dental Foundation
1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Six Myths About Special Needs Dentistry

Dr. Romesh P. Nalliah, Associate Dean for Patient Services and Clinical Professor at University of Michigan School of Dentistry

2:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Break
2:45 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Dental Care for People with Sensory Disabilities
Ben Hudson, CEO at Sensory Health
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Positive Exposure: Seeing Beyond the Diagnosis

Rick Guidotti, Founder at Positive Exposure

Day Two:
Friday, May 20, 2022

8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Keynote: Making the case for extensive adult dental benefits in Medicaid for Michiganders
Dr. Chelsea Fosse,
Senior Health Policy Analyst at ADA Health Policy Institute (HPI)
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Oral Health Advocacy Training and Update
Emily Henderson, Government Affairs Consultants at RWC Advocacy
10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. - 11:40 a.m.

An Overview of NIDCR's 2021 Oral Health in America National Report

Dr. Margherita Fontana, Endowed Professor at University of Michigan

11:40 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Lunch
12:30 p.m. - 1:20 p.m.

Michigan Oral Health Coalition Data Dashboard Measures: How Our Oral Health Measures Up

John O-Malley, Michigan Oral Health Coalition (MOHC)

1:20 p.m. - 1:50 p.m.

Dental Therapy in Michigan:
The potential to improve access to care, reduce oral health disparities,
and strengthen the dental workforce in underserved communities

Misty Davis, Oral Health Program Manager at Michigan Primary Care Association

1:50 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. BREAK
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

The Journey to Value-Based Oral Health Care

Rebekah Mathews, MPA Director of Value-Based Care at CareQuest Institute for Oral Health
Danielle Apostolon, Value-Based Care Training Specialist at CareQuest Institute for Oral Health

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Importance of Data and Analytics in VBC Transformation

Dr. Bobby Russell, Public Health Dental Director at State of Iowa, Department of Public Health


Danielle Apostolon, BS
Value-Based Care Training Specialist, CareQuest Institute for Oral Health

Misty Davis, RDH, BS
Michigan Primary Care Association Oral Health Program Manager

Margherita Fontana, DDS, PhD
Clifford Nelson Endowed Professor Department of Cariology, Restorative Sciences and Endodontics and Director of the Global Initiatives Program in Oral and Craniofacial Health, University of Michigan School of Dentistry (U-M)

Chelsea Fosse, DMD, MPH
Senior Health Policy Analyst, ADA Health Policy Institute (HPI)

Rick Guidotti

Founder, Positive Exposure

Emily Henderson
Government Affairs Consultant, RWC Advocacy

Ben Hudson
Co-founder and CEO, Sensory Health

Ellen Sugrue Hyman, JD
Executive Director, Michigan Oral Health Coalition

Rebekah Mathews
MPA Director, Value-Based Care, CareQuest Institute for Oral Health

Romesh P. Nalliah,
Associate Dean for Patient Services and Clinical Professor, University of Michigan School of Dentistry

Steve Perlman, DDS
Clinical Professor of Pediatric Dentistry, Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine

Dental Director & Bureau Chief, Oral & Health Delivery System Bureau, Division of Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention, Iowa Department of Public Health

Holli Seabury, EdD
Executive Director, Delta Dental Foundation

Barbie Vartanian

Director of Advocacy and Policy Initiatives, NYU College of Dentistry


Conference Location

Marriott East Lansing at University Place
300 M.A.C. Avenue
East Lansing, MI 48823

Click here for directions


Full Conference Registration:
Member $280

Non-Member $365

Single Day Registration:

Member $160
Non-Member $200


Registration includes breakfast and lunch on both days.


*By virtue of registering, I understand that photos and/or videos may be taken of me by the Michigan Oral Health Coalition or a contracted representative while at the Michigan Oral Health Coalition Conference and I understand that the photos or videos may be used for marketing purposes.

CE Credit

CEUs: 13.5

AGD Subject Code: 750


The University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry designates this activity for 13.5 lecture units of continuing education credit.



For your convenience, a block of rooms has been reserved at Marriott East Lansing at University Place*. To receive your discounted rate of $169++ please click here.

*Reservations must be made by May 2, 2022

For more event information, please contact Ashlee Willis at Ashlee@MichiganPremierEvents.com

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be made in writing. A 75% refund will be granted for cancellations that the Coalition receives by 5 p.m. on April 19, 2022. No refunds will be granted for cancellations that the Coalition receives after 5 p.m. on April 19, 2022. No refunds will be given to those who register but do not attend the Conference.

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