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Programs | NOHLI

Online Modules & Webinars

Scholars will work on seven modules, to be completed either during or after office hours, by pre-determined deadlines.


The first part of each module is a pre-recorded 60-minute presentation for completion at an individual pace. Next, scholars complete a quiz and assignment, to reinforce the learning materials and directly apply the learning materials to the scholars’ own oral health program. Throughout the modules, scholars are encouraged to engage in discussion with faculty and peers. Lastly, scholars and the faculty of the module meet remotely for a live discussion webinar to review the learning materials. The webinars are an opportunity for scholars to come together to share questions, ideas and concerns. While all materials are specifically designed for Federally Qualified Health Centers, the materials can also be applied to other safety-net clinics.

In-Person Trainings

NOHLI Cohort 13 scholars will meet in-person at the following times:

  • 2024 NNOHA Conference, September 22 – 25 2024, Baltimore, MD 

  • NOHLI Boot Camp, Spring 2025 (2 1/2 days), Denver, CO

  • 2025 NNOHA Conference, November 7 – 12 2025, San Antonio, TX


The initial meeting for Cohort 13 will be held on Sunday, November 7th in Baltimore, MD and the closing meeting will be held in San Antonio, TX during the 2025 NNOHA Conference. These meetings include intensive trainings and networking opportunities with peers and NOHLI faculty. Scholars will be expected to not only attend the NOHLI meeting at the 2024 and 2025 NNOHA Conferences, but also stay for the NNOHA Conference sessions.


(NOTE: All decisions regarding in-person meetings and travel requirements will be made at the appropriate time with close monitoring of pandemic conditions.  If travel/in-person meetings are not deemed safe, virtual options will be provided)

Learning Pods

Each scholar will be assigned to a learning pod where they will review and discuss case studies in a smaller group.



NOHLI Faculty

Scholars will engage with faculty at the in-person trainings, during webinars and via e-mail.


Previous NOHLI faculty have included:

  • Wayne Cottam, DMD, MS – Founding Dean, Rocky Vista University, Parker, CO

  • Irene Hilton, DDS, MPH – Dental Consultant, NNOHA

  • Ethan Kerns, DDS – Chief Dental Officer, Salud Family Health Centers

  • Bob Russell, DDS, MPH – retired Public Health Dental Director, Iowa Department of Public Health

  • Kecia Leary, DDS, MS – Associate Dean of Clinics, Clinical Professor of Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Iowa

  • An Nguyen, DDS, MPH – Vice President of Dental Services, Clinica Family Health, Denver, CO

  • Candace Hsu Owen, RDH, MS, MPH -  Senior Director of Education and Strategic Partnerships, NNOHA, Denver, CO 

Benefits of NOHLI

Participating in NOHLI provides benefits to both the scholar and the overall Health Center/safety-net clinic oral health program.


  • Participation in web-based and in-person trainings.

  • Participation in learning pods and networking opportunities.

  • Access to proven tools and resources that are easily applicable to daily oral health program operations.

  • Access to a network of NOHLI alumni and faculty.

  • Approximately 40.5 Continuing Dental Education Credits

Costs Related to NOHLI

There will be a $500 participation fee for NOHLI, and the scholar’s Health Center/safety-net clinic is responsible for all travel costs associated with the in-person meetings.


  • 2024 NNOHA Conference, September 22 – 25, 2024, Baltimore, MD: registration fee, travel and accommodations

  • Boot Camp, Spring 2025, Denver, CO (2 1/2 days): travel and accommodations

  • 2025 NNOHA Conference, November 7 – 12, San Antonio, TX: registration fee, travel and accommodations


(NOTE: All decisions regarding in-person meetings and travel requirements will be made at the appropriate time with close monitoring of pandemic conditions.  If travel/in-person meetings are not deemed safe, virtual options will be provided)

Expectations of Scholars/Time Commitment:

Scholars are expected to actively participate in the program throughout the year.


  • Complete all online modules within pre-determined deadlines.

  • Actively participate in webinars and learning pod.

  • Attend all in-person meetings (2024 NNOHA Conference, Boot Camp, 2025 NNOHA Conference) and cover all related expenses as mentioned above.


NOHLI scholars will spend an estimated 8-10 hours a month on course materials (combination of modules, assignments, participation in learning pods, etc.). Time spent on coursework may occur during and/or after work hours.

Key Dates

  • June 3, 2024: Call for applications opens

  • July 12, 2024: Application deadline

  • July 29, 2024: Acceptance notification

  • September 22 – 25, 2024: Scholars attend sessions at 2024 NNOHA Conference in Baltimore, MD (attendance is required)

  • Sunday, September 22, 2024: Kick-off meeting, scholars begin coursework

  • Spring 2025: Boot Camp training (2 1/2 days), Denver, CO

  • November 7 - 12, 2025: In-person meeting/graduation, attend sessions at 2025 NNOHA Conference, San Antonio, TX


PLEASE NOTE: All decisions regarding in-person meetings and travel requirements will be made at the appropriate time with close monitoring of pandemic conditions.  If travel/in-person meetings are not deemed safe, virtual options will be provided.

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