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Bureau of Oral Health (BOH) at Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE)

The Bureau of Oral Health at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment is Kansas’ state-level public health division dedicated to oral health improvement. 

The Bureau works to increase awareness and improve the oral health of all Kansans through:
bullet Oral Health Data Collection and Dissemination
bullet Statewide Oral Health Education
bullet Development of Evidence Based Oral Health Policy
bullet Programming Dedicated to Dental Disease Prevention


Children’s Dental Health Project (CDHP)

The mission of the CDHP is to improve oral health for children and families by identifying and advancing solutions that are innovative and cost-effective. We will promote strategies that are grounded in the best available research, and—where the evidence is lacking—CDHP will lead efforts to learn more and explore new approaches.


DentaQuest Foundation Regional and National Oral Health Connections

The Midwest Regional Oral Health Connection (ROHC) Team is working with the DentaQuest Foundation to make progress on the Oral Health 2020 goals by building a strong oral health network in the 12-state Midwest region.


Kansas Action for Children (KAC)

Kansas Action for Children is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to shaping health, education and economic policy that improves the lives of Kansas children and their families.

The vision of Kansas Action for Children is to make Kansas the best state in the nation to raise a child.

Kansas Action for Children was founded in 1979 under leadership from the Junior League of Topeka, Junior League of Wichita, Junior League of Johnson & Wyandotte Counties, and the Kansas Children’s Service League. These four organizations came together with a mission to establish an independent voice in the state for Kansas children. Since that time, KAC has grown to become one of the leading child advocacy organizations in the country. Through support from individuals and private foundations, KAC has worked alongside legislators and community leaders to achieve tremendous results on behalf of the 700,000 kids who call Kansas “home.”


Kansas Advocates for Better Care

Kansas Advocates for Better Care (KABC) advocates for QUALITY long-term care for all older adults. KABC was originally founded by Anna "Petey" Cerf as Kansans for Improvement of Nursing Homes in 1975. Today KABC has 650 member-volunteers, a 15 member Board of Directors, 2 staff members and 1 AmeriCorps VISTA.

Kansas Advocates for Better Care is made up of volunteers from all over Kansas. They are volunteers who are granddaughters, sons, husbands and wives, friends and neighbors--people just like you--who care about the quality of life of our elderly.


Kansas Association for the Medically Underserved (KAMU)

Kansas Association for the Medically Underserved supports and strengthens its member organizations through advocacy, education and communication.

Founded in 1989 and incorporated as a 501(C)(3) non-profit corporation in 1990, the Kansas Association for the Medically Underserved (KAMU) became recognized nationally as the state Primary Care Association (PCA) in 1991. As the state PCA, KAMU is charged with providing training, technical assistance and advocacy on behalf of federally funded Community Health Centers in Kansas.


Kansas Chapter American Academy of Pediatrics (KAAP)

The attainment by all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults of their full potential for physical, mental, emotional, and social health. Together with those who share this purpose, the Kansas Chapter pledges its efforts and expertise to a fundamental goal-that all children and youth have the opportunity to grow up safe and strong, with faith in the future and in themselves.


Kansas Council on Developmental Disabilities (KCDD)

The mission of the KCDD is "To ensure the opportunity to make choices regarding participation in society and quality of life for individuals with developmental disabilities."

Council members are appointed by the Governor of Kansas. 60% of the council is composed of people with developmental disabilities and family members who represent the developmental disability community.

The Kansas Council on Developmental Disabilities (KCDD) is established by state and federal law and federally funded to advocate for improvements in the Kansas system so that people with developmental disabilities and their families receive the services and support they need.

The KCDD listens to the developmental disabilities community regarding the welfare of Kansans with Developmental Disabilities and their families. Based on what they hear, a five-year plan is developed and annually updated to provide guidance regarding how Council resources are spent and how long-term goals are met in accordance with federal law.


Kansas Dental Association (KDA)

This Association promotes public health and health service, especially in Kansas, to advance the art and science of dentistry, and to foster an awareness of the obligations and responsibilities of the dental profession to society.


Kansas Dental Hygienists Association (KDHA)

To improve the public's total heath, the mission of the KDHA is to advance the art and science of dental hygiene by ensuring access to quality oral health care, increasing awareness of the cost-effective benefits of prevention, promoting the highest standards of dental hygiene education, licensure, practice and research, and representing and promoting the interests of dental hygienists.


Kansas Head Start Association (KHSA)

The Kansas Head Start Association (KHSA) is dedicated to strengthening early learning programs through advocacy, education and leadership. Founded in 1997, KHSA represents all 28 Head Start programs in Kansas, creating a unified voice and point of contact for partners and policymakers. Their mission is: KHSA supports and strengthens Kansas early learning programs through advocacy, professional development and leadership. Currently, KHSA is administering a state wide oral health initiative called “Kansas Cavity Free Kids.” Its focus is on helping children reach Kindergarten cavity free and ready to learn.


Kansas Health Care Association

The Kansas Health Care Association (KHCA) is a statewide non-profit association that represents over 200 long-term care providers. Founded in 1951, KHCA is the largest association of its kind in Kansas. Its members are composed of for-profit and not-for-profit facilities consisting of nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, nursing facilities for mental health, intermediate care facilities for the mentally retarded, and hospital-based long term care units.


Leading Age Kansas

Founded in 1954, the Kansas Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (KAHSA) represents not-for-profit (NFP) long-term care provider organizations throughout Kansas. Our 160 members exist solely to serve the unmet needs of elders. They spring from a diverse heritage of religious, fraternal, civic organizations, and local units of government. All share a common benevolent purpose and are committed to a ministry of service, care, and community benefit. KAHSA members serve nearly 20,000 Kansas seniors in nursing homes, retirement communities, hospital long-term care units, assisted living residences, senior housing and through community-based services.


Oral Health America (OHA)

Oral Health America’s mission is to change lives by connecting communities with resources to increase access to care, education, and advocacy for all Americans, especially those most vulnerable.

ACCESS: OHA affords oral disease prevention and oral health promotion for Americans of all ages through funding, technical assistance, donated dental products, and by facilitating public-private partnerships.
EDUCATION: OHA’s messages to the American public center around self care, regular dental visits, tobacco avoidance and cessation, and healthy food choices, and routinely generate over 400 million audience impressions.
ADVOCACY: OHA encourages policies that create oral health equity for all 300 million Americans, including over 100 million without dental insurance and those unable to obtain dental care.


The American Network of Oral Health Coalitions

The American Network of Oral Health Coalitions (ANOHC) is national network for state oral health coalitions. ANOHC exists to create a reliable place for state oral health coalitions to share information, ask questions, and leverage time and resources.

Through ANOHC, state oral health coalitions across the country share best practices, challenges and resources. ANOHC members collaborate on national advocacy opportunities such as the Affordable Care Act’s pediatric dental benefit.



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