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Getting to Yes: Consensus-Led, Structured, State Advocacy Efforts to Advance Medicaid Dental Services

  • August 08, 2023
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Virtual


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MPHA is pleased to present the second webinar in an oral health series for 2023, following a successful kickoff presentation at the 2023 Annual Conference: "Getting to Yes: Consensus-Led, Structured, State Advocacy Efforts to Advance Medicaid Dental Services".

About a quarter of Minnesota’s population is covered by publicly funded dental insurance. Consensus-led and process driven advocacy approaches were used by provider groups, aligned into a coalition, to break years of uncoordinated advocacy and advance public value oriented dental bills for this population in the 2021 and 2023 Minnesota legislative sessions. A consensus process based on the Harvard Business Review article, Leading Change: Why Transformation Efforts Fail (Get to Yes®), was used to internally align the provider groups into a coalition speaking with one voice.  Combined with the use of Government Analytic’s public value based Structured Advocacy Process (SAP®) for external advocacy effectiveness, the process yielded a playbook to enumerate public value outcomes, captured in highly curated policy white papers, enumerating the positive community outcomes of the policy proposals. These white papers enabled clear messaging and district-impact profiles for Minnesota legislators. 

Webinar participants will understand how to do two critical tasks:

  • First convene and unify diverse stakeholders into a coalition;
  • And second, create an advocacy playbook for health system improvements to amplify policies of significant public value to achieve successful policy reforms, whether in oral health or overall health.

Presenters for this session are Sheila Riggs, DDS, DMSc(Pronouns: She Series), Chair, Department of Primary Dental Care, School of Dentistry, University of Minnesota and John Pournoor, Ph.D., CEO, Government Analytica.

This event will be held virtually and the recording shared with registrants. If you have any questions or need accommodations, please contact

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