Programs & Initiatives

National Oral Health Learning Institute

The application period has closed for Cohort 6.
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Consider the National Oral Health Learning Institute if you:

  • Are a dentist or dental hygienist in a leadership position at a Health Center/safety-net clinic oral health program,
  • have been in that leadership position for five years or less,
  • are eager to lead a more efficient and effective oral health program, and
  • are looking for an innovative way to gain leadership and practice management skills and knowledge.


The National Oral Health Learning Institute (NOHLI) can be a foundational and essential building block in your career development as a leader of an oral health program at a health center/safety-net clinic. This year-long, in-person and online training provides core knowledge and competencies that health center/safety-net oral health leaders need to develop as effective managers, directors, and advocates for oral health and their communities. NOHLI addresses the need for training and technical assistance that is specific to oral health leaders practicing in Federally Qualified Health Centers/safety-net clinics. The core NOHLI curriculum was developed from NNOHA’s Operations Manual for Health Center Oral Health Programs.

Target Audience:

While course content was originally designed specifically for new Dental Directors and Dental Program Managers in their positions for five years or less at Federally Qualified Health Centers, due to high demand, eligibility has expanded to all oral health program leaders (who are also dentists or dental hygienists) in their leadership positions for five years or less at Health Centers or safety-net clinics.

Desired Outcomes:

  • Strengthen the leadership of Health Center/safety-net oral health programs for effective program operations.
  • Successful attainment of goals related to module learning objectives.

Questions about participating? The Frequently Asked Questions page answers many basic questions. For additional inquiries, please email

 “Our health center has benefited greatly from Dr. Miriam Parker’s participation in NNOHA’s National Oral Health Learning Institute. Most significant was the large project that Dr. Parker developed and implemented that made a positive impact on patient care and is an asset to our health center. Additionally, her participation gave our staff a wealth of public health knowledge. They have a more comprehensive understanding of the finances, operations, staff development, and program development needed to effectively operate our dental program. If you have the opportunity to participate, give yourself a leg up and do it.”

-Clarence R. Pierce

Chief Executive Officer, Hamilton Community Health Network, Flint, MI


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