Coalition Members – Oral Health Watch
The goal of Oral Health Watch is to increase awareness of the importance of oral health and to advocate for oral disease prevention.

Through a broad-based coalition, grassroots organizing, policy advocacy, and media, Oral Health Watch is drawing attention to the prevalence of oral disease, its consequences, and the need for solutions.


  • Arcora Foundation
  • Washington State Dental Association
  • Washington State Dental Hygienist Association
  • University of Washington School of Dentistry


  • Association of Washington Business
  • Washington Roundtable
  • United Ways of Washington

Child Advocacy/Anti-Poverty

  • Children’s Alliance
  • Solid Ground
  • Statewide Poverty Action Network


  • Latino Community Fund


  • Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
  • Washington State Association of Head Start & ECEAP
  • Washington State PTA


  • Faith Action Network


  • Washington State Labor Council


  • AARP
  • Eldercare Alliance
  • Full Life Care
  • Washington Association of Area Agencies on Aging

Health Organizations

  • American Diabetes Association
  • American Heart Association
  • Foundation for Healthy Generations
  • March of Dimes – Washington Chapter
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness – Greater Seattle Chapter
  • Neighborcare
  • Northwest Kidney Centers
  • Public Health —Seattle & King County
  • S. Department of Health and Human Services – Region X
  • Washington Association of Community and Migrant Health Centers
  • Washington State Association of Local Public Health Officers
  • Washington State Department of Health
  • Washington State Health Care Authority
  • Within Reach

Medical Organizations

  • American Academy of Pediatrics – Washington Chapter
  • Community Health Network of Washington
  • Group Health Cooperative
  • Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital
  • School Nurse Organization of Washington
  • Seattle Children’s Hospital
  • Swedish Medical Center
  • Washington Academy of Family Physicians
  • Washington State Hospital Association
  • Washington State Medical Association
  • Washington State Nurses Association

Advisory members, these organizations do not participate in legislative advocacy.

Opportunities to Improve the Medicaid Dental Program

By: Diane Oakes, President & CEO of Arcora Foundation When our state legislators passed the 2019–2021 Operating Budget in the final days of the session, they included a proviso directing the Health Care Authority (HCA) to stop moving forward with the planned implementation of Medicaid dental managed care, to continue directly administering the program under…

Apple Health dental program investments good policy, the right thing to do

Oral Health Watch and the nearly two million Washington residents with Apple Health (Medicaid) dental coverage need your support. While the House and Governor’s budgets include an increase for the Apple Health dental program, the Senate budget represents a cut of more than $19M in total funds ($7.8M in state funds) from the program. The…

Expanding dental care access is a top priority during 2019 legislative session

Oral Health Watch believes every person should enjoy the benefits of good oral health and that no one should be burdened by painful cavities and untreated oral disease. As Washington lawmakers return to Olympia for a 105-day legislative session this week, OHW would like to share some of the legislative priorities of oral health advocates.…

Making progress toward improved oral health care access

Oral health care advocates had a good deal to cheer about in 2018 as both Washington state and the federal government signed into law legislation aimed at expanding dental care access for underserved populations. This year began with a short Washington state legislative session that yielded multiple oral health care access gains, including the Legislature’s…

Open Enrollment Ends Dec. 15th

Washington residents seeking health care coverage for 2019 on the Washington Health Benefit Exchange have until Saturday, December 15thbefore the open enrollment period ends. Enrollment for Apple Health, our state’s Medicaid program, is available year-round for individuals and families that qualify for free or low-cost health coverage. The number of people signing up for care in…

Make your voice heard for immigrant families

By Litonya Lester, Health Policy Director and Sarah Domondon, Policy and Advocacy Associate at Children’s Alliance Immigrant families shouldn’t have to choose between getting dental care and their stability in the U.S. But the White House’s current proposed rule on public charge have many wondering if accessing vital services will put them at risk. Luckily…

Annual free health clinic in Seattle returns with some changes


Dental care often has been one of the most requested services at the SKCC. On Thursday, the first day of the SKCC, the clinic set aside about 500 tickets for dental care. Staff said all of those tickets had been given out by 9 a.m. Thursday.