Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

April 10, 2017 to April 12, 2017

2017 Grassroots Launch - Chicago, IL

A core component to the realization of significant systems and public policy change to create new social norms around oral health is engaging those most impacted by the policies and systems that negatively impact health outcomes. The Grassroots Engagement Strategy Phase III National Launch will bring together the lead grassroots grantees from over twenty communities representing six states (CA, AZ, MI, FL, PA, VA). This gathering of social justice oriented grassroots organizations will offer an opportunity to share the key and critical insights gathering during the year two engage/empower/equip phase in 2016, elevating lessons learned from their collaborative planning processes to engaged community stakeholders in re-envisioning equitable oral health systems locally and at the state-level. These 20 grantees will then align on implementation tactics and strategies to build the leadership capacity of community residents to take action in changing the public perception of the value of oral health, while implementing community-driven oral health priority plans to achieve policy and systems changes solutions.

May 9, 2017 to May 10, 2017

Michigan State Meeting

Six states are uniquely positioned to create permanent and positive change around oral health in the coming years: California, Arizona, Michigan, Florida, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. Heavy Oral Health 2020 investment in these states has catalyzed a robust and dynamic network that spans the grassroots and community based organizations, statewide advocacy and policy organizations, as well as grasstops leaders with national influence. Deeping the connections and expanding the role of these six states in the mounting oral health movement has the potential to maximize each state’s effort to achieve real momentum and impact across the Oral Health 2020 goals. These six states will serve as models for the nation, emphasizing the benefits of a strong, collaborative statewide infrastructure to transform the systems surrounding oral health. Stakeholders from across all three network levels will come together and align for action, create shared agendas, and develop strategies that will result in marked progress on oral health across each state. 

May 11, 2017 to May 12, 2017

Pennsylvania State Meeting

May 22, 2017 to May 23, 2017

Florida State Meeting

May 24, 2017 to May 25, 2017

Virginia State Meeting

June 13, 2017 to June 14, 2017

Arizona State Meeting

June 15, 2017 to June 16, 2017

California State Meeting

June 26, 2017 to June 29, 2017

Northeast/Midwest Regional Meeting

The Regional Convenings bring key and critical stakeholders together to build alignment across the four regions (encompassing all 50 U.S. states) on the Oral Health 2020 Vision, Goals, and Targets; provide shared learning opportunities to support Oral Health 2020; and develop state and regional action plans for rolling out the vision. These convenings result in deeper, authentic connection among community-based and state/regional oral health stakeholders.


July 11, 2017 to July 14, 2017

West/Southeast Regional Meeting

October 24, 2017 to October 27, 2017

Oral Health 2020 National Network Gathering - Atlanta, GA

Over the course of​ ​three days, partners from across all levels of the national network (grassroots, grassmiddles, and grasstops) will generate discussion surrounding the Oral Health 2020 strategy development and network alignment, while offering an environment for attendees to exchange ideas, best practices and challenges on a wide breadth of topics surrounding the national movement on oral health. The annual gathering provides an opportunity for the network to meet face-to-face, connect with new partners, challenge one another, and track progress against the six Oral Health 2020 goals to improve lifelong oral health and eradicate dental disease in children.