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PA Coalition for Oral Health

Total Qualifying Score: 9
County (ARC Region): No
State (ARC Region): Yes
Q3. IRS Status: Nonprofit – 2
Q4. Parent Entity: No – 1
Q5. 2 or More Full-Time Employees : Yes (as of 12/31/2019)
Q7. Budget Level: $250,001 to $1.5 million – 5 (Last Fiscal Year Actual Income)
Q8. Restricted Reserves: No – 1
Q9. CARES Act Funding: Yes – 0
Q13. Participation by Executive: Yes


PA Coalition for Oral Health
Delmont, Other County, Pennsylvania 15626

County (ARC Region) Other
State (ARC Region) Pennsylvania


Q1. Mission:

To improve oral health for all Pennsylvanians by uniting stakeholders to advance advocacy, policy, education and innovative approaches.

Q2. How organization aligns with ARC’s Plan & Goals:

Our organization, PA Coalition for Oral Health (PCOH) aligns with and addresses ARC goals 2 and 5.

Our vision is “Essential to overall health and wellness, optimal oral health benefits ALL Pennsylvanians. By bringing together oral health advocates and professionals to share the best and most innovative approaches, PCOH serves as the dynamic leading voice to improve oral health across the Commonwealth. ” We seek to increase the education, knowledge, skills, and health of residents to work and succeed in Pennsylvania by increasing the health literacy of Pennsylvanians so that they understand the importance of oral health to overall health. We build the capacity and skills of current and next-generations leaders and organizations to innovate, collaborate, and advance community and economic development through innovative oral health workforce development initiatives, convening multi-disciplinary stakeholder groups for facilitated discussion around common goals, and advocating for policy and infrastructure that support optimal oral health.

Poor oral health can result not only in pain, infection, and systemic health issues like diabetes and heart disease, but it also can have social and economic consequences. A child with mouth pain will not be able to pay attention in class and may fall behind their contemporaries in school and have fewer opportunities for advancement. Missing or discolored teeth may hinder a qualified person from being employed to their full potential.
Lack of access to oral health care in a region, county, or community makes it less attractive to businesses and/or professionals considering where to develop their business or start their career.

Oral health matters at the individual, community, regional, and population levels. PCOH takes a multi-pronged approach to address it at all levels.


Q3. IRS Filing Status: 501(c)(3)   

Q4. Unit or Chapter of Larger Organization: No

Q5. Employees:

Full-Time/Part-Time Employees: 3/0 (as of 9/1/2020)

Full-Time/Part-Time Employees: 3/0 (as of 12/31/2019)

Current Year Income/Expenses: $979,638/$936,605

Q6. Fiscal Year: Calendar

Q7. Budget Level

Last Fiscal Year Income/Expenses (Actual): $745,497 / $694,633

Current Year Income/Expenses (Projected): $979,638 / $936,605

Balance Sheet

Q8. Restricted Reserves (Amount): No ($)

Q9. CARES Act Funding (Amount): Yes ($3,000)
Received From: EIDL Advance   Date Received: 5/4/2020
For What Purpose(s): emergency assistance

Q10. Negative Impacts from COVID-19:

COVID-19 has had a significant impact on our activities. As a statewide coalition and advocacy organization, we frequently travel to meet with stakeholders in all regions of the state. When travel and gatherings were restricted last spring, we cancelled all in-person convenings, including our biennial State Oral Health Conference that was to take place over several days in November of 2020. As much as possible, we converted meetings and presentations to a virtual format, and developed innovative solutions to meet project deliverables by alternate means. Our small staff was stretched thin handling an increased workload with labor-intensive alternatives to in-person events and exponential growth in requests from our stakeholders for evidence-based information. Despite some serendipitous outcomes of new methods of working, we have found that they cannot replace the value of person-to-person conversation.

Q11. Top Three Concerns:
Increase in workload
Need to build organizational capacity
Effects of changing political environment on healthcare and on our work

How Participation in Program Will Address Concerns:

While we feel fortunate not to be financially reliant solely on in-person programming and events, we recognize that we need to diversify our funding sources both to sustain our current level of work, and to expand our capacity to take on emerging issues. We hope that participation in this program will help us broaden and deepen our relationships with funders and identify new sources of support whose priorities and goals align with ours.


Q12. Applying as a Proposed Cohort? No

Q13. Executive Director or CEO Will Participate in the Program? Yes

Q14. Top Two Choices for Cohort Instruction:

Course #1 Choice: 1-Fundraising

Course #2 Choice: 2-Long-term Financial Management

Q15. Desired Course Schedule for Cohort Instruction:

#1 Desired Course Schedule: 1-Fall 2020: 11-Week Course (Nov. 9, 2020 -Jan. 24, 2021)

#2 Desired Course Schedule: 2-Winter 2021: 10-Week Course (Jan. 25. 2021 – Apr. 4, 2021)


Name: Merrilynn Marsh, Development and Special Projects Coordinator

Application Approved by Organization Director or CEO? Yes, Approved by Executive Director/CEO

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