The New Hampshire Oral Health Coalition was established in 2002 as a diverse group of organizations, agencies, and individuals concerned about the impact of oral health issues facing New Hampshire. The Coalition, in conjunction with members from the medical and dental community, the legislature, education, advocacy groups, and the insurance industry, continues to address the strategic areas outlined in the NH Oral Health Plan: A Framework for Action.

The Coalition’s mission is to promote optimal oral health for the people of New Hampshire, and we continuously look for opportunities to engage and educate stakeholders on the link between oral health and overall health. It is the vision of the Coalition that the people of New Hampshire attain optimal oral health through access to integrated and comprehensive health services. The NH Oral Health Coalition values collaborative partnerships that will improve the health and well being of New Hampshire through improved public policy.

NH Oral Health Coalition Steering Committee

Helen Taft, Committee Chair, Families First Health and Support Center

Nancy Frank, Committee Treasurer, North Country Health Consortium

Stephanie Pagliuca, Committee Secretary, Bi-State Primary Care Association

Mike Auerbach, NH Dental Society

Suzanne Boulter, (Temp), NH Pediatric Society

Elizabeth (BJ) Brown, NHTI – Concord’s Community College

Patrick Capozzi, New Hampshire Academy of Pediatric Dentistry

Pam Delahanty, NH Dental Hygienists’ Association

Sarah Finne, Office of Medicaid Business and Policy, NH Department of Health and Human Services

LeaAnne Haney, Northeast Delta Dental

Sophia Japhet, New Hampshire Public Health Association

Sarah Kelsea, AARP, Member-at-Large

Elizabeth Mitchell, NH Nurse Practitioner Association

Hope Saltmarsh, NH Department of Health and Human Services

Mary Vallier-Kaplan, Member-at-Large

Catrina Watson, New Hampshire Medical Society

Steering Committee Bios


Gail T. Brown, Esq., MSW, Director

Judith Nicholson, M.Ed, Project Coordinator

Regina Blaney, BS, Admin. and Data Coordinator