Newsletter October 2016

Hello Idaho Oral Health Alliance members and supporters! 

One of the strongest messages our board of directors gleaned from your responses to our 2016 IOHA Communication Survey was your desire to receive more updates from us so you can be better informed of the work that the IOHA is doing to bring optimal oral health to Idahoans. We hope you find the following informative and helpful. Any questions? Just contact Executive Director, Jennifer Wheeler, at

Mission and Initiatives: 

As you might recall, we redefined our mission statement earlier this spring. Our new IOHA mission is to: Lead collaborative efforts to bring optimal oral health to Idahoans through education, advocacy, and program development. To this end, the board voted to continue leading our Healthy Me is Cavity-Free Collaborative that is charged with establishing education and prevention efforts in preventing dental caries in the zero to three-year-old age group through the education of caregivers of these children. Click here for Healthy Me information.

We also adopted a new multi-year initiative that positions the IOHA as the leader of oral health integration into primary care in Idaho. We’ve found great partners in the Idaho Primary Care Association (IPCA) and the Idaho Health and Wellness Collaborative for Children (IHAWCC). Both share the same vision of oral health integration and are working hard with their respective constituents. Our participation in the Idaho Healthcare Coalition of the Statewide Healthcare Innovation Plan (SHIP) continues, we have recruited Oral Health Representatives for five SHIP regions, and we have created two new ad hoc board committees. One is working on an awareness campaign for our oral health colleagues and the other is exploring the opportunities for a dentist referral network available to our medical colleagues.

New Website is LIVE!

Check it out! Thanks to wonderful help from Magnuson Design, our new website is live and can be found at Take a tour around, renew your membership, make a tax deductible donation, and learn about upcoming events and recent news. Don’t forget to look for us on Facebook and LinkedIn, too.

Board Nominations and Elections

Ever thought about serving on the IOHA board of directors or do you know someone who is interested? We’re seeking nominations for our candidate pool for future elections. To add a name to our candidate pool, just contact us at and ask for a board nomination form. To be considered this year, forms must be received by Oct. 11. Election ballots will be emailed to current members by Nov. 16. Ballots are due Dec. 5. To vote for 2017 board members, your dues must be current as of Oct. 31, 2016.

Renew Your Membership for 2017:

Pay your 2017 membership dues early if you need that “end of the year tax benefit.” Prices are the same. $40 for individuals and $200 for businesses or organizations. Pay online at

Remember the IOHA When You Shop:

AmazonSmiles: The IOHA is now a registered recipient of AmazonSmiles donations. Log in with your Amazon password , then shop, shop, shop. The AmazonSmiles Foundation donates 0.5% of your eligible purchases to the IOHA.

Fred Meyer Rewards Card: Designate the IOHA as your nonprofit of choice for your Fred Meyer card at  Just select the Idaho Oral Health Alliance or look up our assigned nonprofit number of 84427 to help us earn money from your purchases. You’ll still receive your rewards points, your fuel points, and your rebates.

Sponsor Highlights:

Our thanks to our Sustaining Partner, Delta Dental of Idaho, and our continuing In-Kind Partner, Eide Bailly. These two stellar organizations continue to support our efforts in seeking optimal oral health for Idahoans.