Chapter Oral Health Advocates


​Chapter Oral Health Advocates

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​Chapter Oral Health Advocates (COHAs) are pediatricians in each chapter who are asked to the following:  

  • Deliver at least 4 trainings annually on how to incorporate oral health into the medical home.

  • Advocate for children's oral health issues at the state and local levels.

  • Connect pediatricians to others working in their community to improve children's oral health​.

  • Build relationships with dental colleagues in their communities and dental societies to improve access to oral health care.

Find your state on the State Information and Resources map​ to find out who is your COHA and other state specific information. ​


COHA Roster 
View the roster of Chapter Oral Health Advocates.

Become a COHA!
If you would like to become a COHA in yourt state, please email oralhealth@aap.org​.

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​COHA Job Description

Chapter Oral H​ealth Advocates (COHAs) work within their chapter and community on pediatric oral health support and promotion.

General Requir​ements:

  • Be a member in good standing of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and local AAP Chapter.

  • Make an effort to attend a live pediatric oral health training including instruction on applying fluoride varnish or host a training at your office or academic setting with an invited trainer. The AAP can help you to find opportunities to attend a live training or invite a trainer.

  • Complete at least one of the following online trainings:

    • Smiles for Life: A National Oral Health Curriculum, Module 6: Caries Risk Assessment, Fluoride Varnish, and Counseling. 

    • ​State based online training activity about children's oral health and fluoride varnish.

  • ​Join the AAP Section on Oral Health. Membership is $20 per year for members of the AAP.

  • ​Deliver onsite oral health training annually in at least 2 forums, including Chapter meetings, practice in-service functions, one-on-one guidance, and/or community, county, or state groups.

  • Familiarize yourself with the Campaign for Dental Health and the topic of community water fluoridation. Sign up for the newsletter and follow social media channels if desired.

  • Participate on the COHA Listserv.

  • Provide requested content for your state page on the state map​.

  • Provide regular reports to the chapter represented, including a description of oral health activities for the chapter's annual report.

  • Occupy the position for a a three-year renewable term.

Benefi​​ts:

  • As a pioneer and leader in your state, you will serve a key role in a national movement to improve children's oral health. You will make a difference!

  • Support from a peer mentor, if desired.

If desired, the AAP will formally acknowledge your service by sending a letter to your academic institution or organization.

If you have questions about the requirements of this position, please email oralhealth@aap.org.​​​​
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