About The Montana Oral Health Foundation
The Montana Oral Health Foundation (MOHF) was formed in 1999 by leaders of the Montana Dental Association. It is an affiliate of MDA, representing about 85 percent of the state’s practicing dentists. It is the only 501 (c) (3) charitable and educational foundation dedicated exclusively to promoting and advancing the oral health of Montanans.
The primary project that stimulated dentists to found MOHF was the need to help fund a new Montana school of dental hygiene. That goal was reached in 2002 when the MSU-Great Falls College of Technology opened its door to its first dental hygiene class, thanks in part to a generous gift of $75,000 from MOHF.
MOHF’s mission is to support initiatives and programs that promote, provide or improve oral health for Montanans.
More specifically, the Foundation was created:
- To support the establishment and operation of educational institutions for the teaching of dentistry, dental hygiene, dental assisting, dental laboratory technology, and other professions which serve the public’s oral health.
- To provide scholarships and other benefits to qualified recipients selected by the Foundation who are students in dentistry, dental hygiene, dental assisting, dental laboratory technology, and other professions which serve the public’s oral health.
- To provide information designed to improve public understanding of oral health.
- To promote and support dental treatment for indigent Montanans.
- To provide continuing dental education for dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants and other dental technicians.
- To engage in any other activities the Foundation is eligible to conduct that promote and advance the oral health of Montanans.