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    Task Force on Oral Health in Maryland

    ​​​The Oral Health Task Force is a temporary committee of Maryland oral health experts created by the Maryland General Assembly under Senate Bill 100 and House Bill 3​68. The task force will study and analyze the current landscape of oral health services in the State and make recommendations to improve access to services, especially for our most vulnerable citizens. The task force will begin its work on July 1, 2021, and end on June 30, 2023.

    ​The Maryland Oral Health Task Force has submitted its final report and concluded its legislatively mandated purpose at this time.

    The Oral Health Task Force Final Report​

    The Oral Health Task Force's final report may be found attached below or online in the Department of Legislative Services' online catalog

    ​​​​Final Report on the Oral Health Task Force in Maryland

    Interim Report on the Oral Health Task Force in Maryland​

    Task Force Goals and Objectives

     The task force will:​​

    • Study Marylanders' access to dental services.
    • Identify areas lacking dental services.
    • Identify barriers to receiving services.
    • Make recommendations on ways to end barriers and increase access to dental services.

    For more information, see Senate Bill 100 and House B​ill 368 and the Fiscal And Policy Note.

    Reporting Requirements

    The task force must submit an interim report by May 1, 2022, and a final report by December 1, 2022, to the Governor and select General Assembly committees. Reports will be posted here when available.

    Learn More ​

    ​Past Meeting ​Agendas and Recordings

    ​For all past meeting reordings, visit the ​Maryland General Assembly website and select the date of the meeting. ​​ Click on the camera icon to view the recording.

    Task Force Members

    ​Co-chair Debony Hughes
    Director of Office of Oral Health, or designee​
    Co-chair Mark ReynoldsDean of the University of Maryland School of Dentistry
    Emily A. DowSecretary of MD Higher Education Commission, or designee
    Hakan KoymenDental Director of MD Healthy Smiles Dental Program, or designee
    Charles DoringMD State Dental Association representative
    Ricardo C Kimbers MD Dental Society representative
    Jennifer A SuminskiMD Dental Hygienists' Association representative
    Christy RussellMD Developmental Disabilities Council representative
    Mary BackleyMDAC representative
    MD Alliance for the Poor representative
    Jean J CarlsonMD Association of Community Colleges representative
    Arpana S Verma State Board of Dental Examiners
    Jennifer L BriemannMD MCO Association representative
    Jonathan Dayton
    MD Rural Health Association representative
    Diane D Romaine Representative from a nonprofit organization that advocates for needs of poor
    Brooks Woodwarddentist working in an FQHC or clinic providing dental services to underserved
    Nicole Steck-Waittrepresentative of the nursing home industry
    Dean Shifflettrepresentative of a dental plan organization
    Sarah L Czyz

    dental hygienist who works in an FQHC or clinic providing dental services to underserved
    ​Nancy Brown
    Medicaid representative 


    Oral Health Task Force Staff​​