Mission & History


Th mission of the Maryland Dental Action Coalition is to develop and maintain a statewide partnership of individuals and organizations committed to improving the health of all Marylanders through increased oral health promotion, disease prevention, education, advocacy and access to oral health care.


T he Maryland Dental Action Coalition (MDAC) is an incorporated 501 (c)3 nonprofit membership organization whose mission is to improve the oral health of all Marylanders through increased prevention, education, advocacy, and access to oral health care; it is the state’s leading non-governmental oral health policy and advocacy organization. MDAC works with a wide variety of stakeholders to develop and implement initiatives to enhance oral health for all Marylanders. MDAC leads the development and monitors the progress of the five-year Maryland Oral Health Plan (MOHP) and has a well-demonstrated history of partnership development.


M aryland Dental Action Coalition (MDAC) was first established as the Dental Action Committee (DAC) and convened in June of 2007 by Maryland Secretary of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) John M. Colmers in the wake of the death of 12-year-old Deamonte Driver. Deamonte Driver died from an untreated tooth infection that spread to his brain. The DAC was charged with providing recommendations to increase access to oral health care for all Maryland children. In September 2007, DAC released seven recommendations that addressed Medicaid coverage and reimbursement, workforce issues, public health infrastructure, and public education.

Since the recommendations were released, then-Governor O’Malley., the Maryland General Assembly and DHMH have implemented many of the major Dental Action Committee recommendations. Access to dental care for underserved Maryland children has significantly improved. On April 5, 2012, MDAC received 501 (C) (3) tax exempt status from the IRS.

MDAC is a member of the American Network of Oral Health Coalitions (ANOHC), an alliance of 43 state oral health coalitions from across the country that is a vehicle for communication and collaboration between state oral health coalitions to share key issues, ideas, successes, and collaborative opportunities. MDAC has taken a leadership role in defining and structuring this group. MDAC is also a member of the U.S. National Oral Health Alliance and the Campaign for Dental Health.