NC Oral Health Collaborative

The NC Oral Health Collaborative brings partners together to improve the oral health status of all North Carolinians.

Child at DentisIn North Carolina, there is an oral health crisis impacting people of all ages, in all counties. Lack of access and high out-of-pocket costs has led to low numbers of dentist visits in the state, ultimately causing a widespread prevalence of preventable oral disease. Additionally, poor oral health has consequences beyond tooth decay, and can dramatically lower quality of life, impacting overall health, health care costs, employability, and ability to enjoy many activities of every day life.

While evidence of progress toward reducing dental disease and improving access to care is apparent, difficult and persistent challenges remain. In an effort to provide solution to these remaining challenges, stakeholders across the state came together with the Foundation for Health Leadership & Innovation in 2013 to form the NC Oral Health Collaborative (NCOHC).


Committed to ensuring that all North Carolinians, regardless of geography, socioeconomic background, race, ethnicity, age, or mental/physical illness have access to quality and affordable dental care, NCOHC works to achieve oral health equity for all North Carolinians. NCOHC convenes diverse stakeholders to identify and resolve barriers to good oral health and accelerate the implementation of proven policies and practices.

Fortunately, NCOHC is growing, with new grants provided by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation, The Duke Endowment, and the DentaQuest Foundation, NCOHC is better able to move its work forward.

Most recently, NCOHC launched its Capacity Building Mini-Grants program to establish partnerships with seven community-based nonprofits across the state. Today, the NCOHC’s membership continues to grow, representing individuals and organizations that offer an array of perspectives and resources.

Program Contacts:


Dr. Zachary Brian
Program Director

Kelsey Ross Dew
Program Coordinator
Brady Blackburn
Communications Associate and Content Marketing Specialist