PCOHC Symposium – Registration Now Open!

Winter Symposium Registration Now Open!

Please Print the Registration Form and Submit it to us:
2018 Oral Health Symposium Registration

“Brushing up: Current Trends in Oral Health” on February 9, 2018 from 8:30am – 12:30 pm

Keynote Speaker: Rebecca L. Slayton, DDS, PhD
Professor, Emeritus
Department of Pediatric Dentistry

University of Washington School of Dentistry

Topic- Silver Diamine Fluoride

Other topics include:

  • Puyallup Tribal Health Authority – Baby Teeth Matter Program – Dr. Kelly
  • Updates on Trends in Prevalent Drugs and Oral Health Implications: Opiates, Heroin, E-Cigs, Hookah and more!

Registration Fee is $40, includes 4 CE’s. The symposium will be held at Bates Technical College South Campus: 2201 S. 78th St, Tacoma WA


AMEN Clinic Coming to Tacoma – Volunteers Needed!

AMEN Free Volunteer Clinic coming to Tacoma

The AMEN Free clinic is being hosted at the Boys and Girls Club of South Puget Sound (STAR Center) on November 10 and 12 frm 8:00AM-4:00PM each day. The clinic will provide a wide range of health services, including:

  • Dental Care
  • Medical Care
  • Vision and much more!

Volunteers are needed for Dental, Medical, Vision, and General Event Staff

To register to volunteer, visit www.AMENTacoma.com or email AMENTacoma@gmail.com 

There is a $10 Mil Malpractice & Liability Insurance provided.


Project Homeless Connect Almost Here!!

According to Sound Outreach Services, “On any given night in Pierce County 2000 people experience homelessness. This number includes babies, children, teens, and adults. They are victims of domestic violence, people with disabilities, veterans, and senior citizens…Project Homeless Connect provides a starting place on the journey back to safety, stability, health, and hope. Project Homeless Connect reduces the duration of homelessness by providing services that address the basic needs; basic medical and dental care, access to education, employment and benefits systems, chemical dependency assessments, flu shots, haircuts, and much more – all under one roof!”

Please share news of the upcoming event returning to the Tacoma Dome on Wednesday, October 25th from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm .To volunteer in the Dental Services area, contact pcds@pcdentists.org. Attendees interested in the dental services are encouraged to arrive early.

Please see below for more details:


Make sure to save the date for our Winter Symposium: 

“Brushing up: Current Trends in Oral Health” on February 9, 2018 from 8:30am – 12:30 pm

Registration Fee is $40, includes 4 CE’s. The symposium will be held at Bates Technical College South Campus: 2201 S. 78th St, Tacoma WA


Pierce County Water Supply 101


“Where does our water come from?” The ground? Reservoirs? The kitchen faucet? The store? Brad Harp, Water Resources Manager at Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department (TPCHD), often starts his discussion with this seemingly simple question.  He then deftly leads his audience through the complex and fascinating description of our county’s water quality supply and its journey from source to our homes and businesses.

Brad engaged our Pierce County Oral Health Coalition and other community attendees on April 13, 2016 with detailed geology, chemical composition and filtration information and facts about our local water, including dispelling myths and misconceptions about drinking water throughout our county. We learned that our water contains many naturally occurring minerals and chemicals, with the composition uniquely dependent on the geology of its location. The audience also learned about treatment history of water monitoring, from sand filters used by the Romans 2,000 years ago to 1962 when the U.S. Public Health Service first adopted drinking water standards, to more current technological advances in water quality treatment methods.

The audience came away with a clearer understanding that “drinking water” is infinitely more complex than just oxygen and hydrogen, and with a deeper appreciation of the high quality water monitoring and treatment that takes place in Pierce County.

To request more information or a presentation on this topic, please contact:

Brad D. Harp, L.Hg

Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department

Water Resources Program Manager

(253) 798-2851


For helpful information about drinking water and wells, go to: http://www.tpchd.org/environment/drinking-water-wells/

For the latest TPCHD information on lead, go to: http://www.tpchd.org/environment/healthy-environment/lead/

School kids get oral health goody bags

Dental decay is a prevalent childhood disease in the USA, responsible for many missed or unfocused days in school due to pain and required treatment. Oral health is sometimes overlooked but is vitally important to a child’s development and ability to concentrate and stay in school.

To put a dent in this trend and support healthy smiles for all children in Pierce County, the Pierce County Oral Health Coalition teamed up in February to assemble over 800 oral health goody bags for kids! Using PCOHC member-donated supplies, each goody bag contained an age appropriate toothbrush, toothpaste, floss and valuable information on how to maintain great oral health and hygiene.

We delivered the bags to St. Leo’s Food Connection in Tacoma. Kevin Glackin-Coley, Executive Director at the St. Leo’s Food Connection is thrilled to be able to share these oral health items with the many 100’s of Clover Park and Tacoma school district students (K-12) who receive a nutritious weekly meal as part of St. Leo’s weekend Backpack Program.

Fortunately, dental decay is nearly 100% preventable and with the necessary tools, good hygiene is a brush and floss away. Nutrition also significantly affects dental health and hence, partnering with St. Leo’s healthy weekend food program was a natural for the oral health coalition.  Project participant organizations included Bates Technical College/Dental Assisting School, Community Health Care, Coordinated Care, Lindquist Dental Clinic for Children, Pierce County Community Connections, Pierce County Dental Society, Puget Sound ESD, SeaMar Community Health, and Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department/ABCD and School Nurse programs.

Find additional information about St. Leo’s food connection programs, as well as helpful oral health resources for children:

Pierce County Oral Health Coalition: www.pcohc.org

St. Leo’s Food Connection Backpack Program: http://www.foodconnection.org/pages/backpack.htm

Access to Baby and Child Dentistry: http://www.tpchd.org/health-wellness-1/abcd-access-to-baby-child/

Pierce County Library System: http://www.piercecountylibrary.org/kids-teens/parents-caregivers/early-learning/children-oral-health.htm

National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center: http://mchoralhealth.org/toolbox/families.php

WA Dental Service Foundation: https://www.deltadentalwa.com/our-foundation/educational-materials.aspx