Join the MI Dental Access Coalition

After two years of work with legislators and our state partners, SB 541 was introduced by Sen. Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) in early September 2017. The bill would establish a scope of practice and a licensing structure for dental therapists, including specific language to target this new professional for underserved communities and with populations that currently struggle to receive primary dental care.

Together we established the MI Dental Access Coalition and educated legislators about access challenges in our state for many populations that, because of their characteristics or their public insurance, are real and have a negative impact on their daily lives.
We opened the conversation about how a new workforce model incorporating dental therapists in the dental team could be part of a long-term solution. Change is hard and not always fast but it almost always has a dedicated champion--ours has been and will continue to be Sen. Mike Shirkey.

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact us at (517) 482-5807 or



AARP Michigan

The Arc Michigan


Michigan Association of Health Plans

Michigan Association of School Nurses

Michigan Association of United Ways

Michigan’s Children

Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness

Michigan Community Action

Michigan Council for Maternal and Child Health

Michigan Dental Hygienists’ Association

Michigan Disability Rights Coalition

Michigan League for Public Policy

Michigan Primary Care Association

National Association of Social Workers-Michigan

School-Community Health Alliance of Michigan

Wolverine Dental Hygienists’ Society

Wolverine Human Services


Lynda Gregorini, RDH

Anne Gwozdek, RDH, BA, MA

Jane Halaris RDH, BS, MA

James K. Haveman Jr.

Mailan Hudson, RDH

Annette Jackson, RDH, BS, MCTEc

Lorene Kline, RDH, BSDH

Samantha Mishler

RoseAnn Schihl, RDH, BS



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