Funders Oral Health Policy Group

In 2005, a small group of funders investing in oral health policy solutions came together to benefit from one another’s experiences and to strategize systems-change solutions to improving oral health. Given that there were limited opportunities for funders to hold these discussions in other venues, the group began meeting regularly, forming the Funders Oral Health Policy Group (FOHPG). Since then, FOHPG has grown to 23 members, some of which focus solely on oral health and others that invest in a range of health issues. 


In support of FOHPG, AFL Enterprises, LLC (AFL) offers knowledge and expertise in project management, meeting facilitation, and oral health policy.  Since 2018, AFL has worked with FOHPG, facilitating the Steering Committee, planning and implementing three in-person member convenings per year, and serving as the point-of-contact for all membership needs.

Interested in becoming a member? Contact us to learn more!


The purpose of FOHPG is to provide a learning community in which members consider strategic issues that are key to making significant and lasting oral health improvements; share relevant successes and lessons learned from their work; and, through group dialogue, deepen our collective and individual thinking about policy solutions and systems-change strategies for local and national impact. FOHPG is a resource for members to identify new approaches to implement within their states or regions.


FOHPG membership is open to organizations who are currently funding work in oral health care.

Membership Benefits

  • Attend periodic convenings that bridge oral health initiatives and funding with state and national policy initiatives.

  • Encourage critical networking in the field with national policy and research presenters, as well as colleagues in grantmaking.

  • Offer a platform for transformative conversations that connect local programmatic efforts with funding opportunities.

  • Provide national context to help funders prepare for – and respond to – shifting needs and priorities in the oral health field.

Past Member Webinars

  • What is the Current Landscape of the Public Oral Health Infrastructure?
    Thursday, May 21, 2020, 1 pm PST 

        Meeting Notes

  • FOHPG June Webinar: Member Discussion
    Tuesday, June 16, 2020, 1 pm PST

        Meeting Notes

  • An Update from the Field
    Thursday, July 16, 2020, 1 pm PST

       Meeting Notes

  • Cultivating Oral Health Policy Champions in Legislators

         Tuesday, August 25, 2020, 1 pm PST

         Meeting Notes

  • Opportunities to Build a System that Works for Everyone

         Thursday, September 17, 2020, 1 pm PST

         Meeting Notes

  • Foundations as Agents of Policy Change

         Thursday, October 15, 2020, 1 pm PST

         Meeting Notes

Upcoming Member Webinars

  • Post-Election Insights from Policy Experts & Implications for Oral Health

        Tuesday, November 17, 2020, 1 pm PST/2 pm MST/3 pm CST/4 pm EST 

Request for Proposal: Health Equity Education Planning and Facilitation

The FOHPG is seeking a contractor to plan a focused series of learning and networking conversations to support oral health funders in identifying and addressing policies that promote or limit oral health equity. This work will help members have a strategic focus that centers their work around health equity and define the anticipated impacts. Read more.

See the full Request for Proposal

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