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The State of Oral Health in Colorado: Free Tools to Harness the Power of Data

Access to comprehensive, up-to-date oral health data is essential for understanding and addressing the unique needs of Colorado’s diverse communities. Data enables researchers, policymakers, health care providers, and organizations like ours to make informed decisions and develop strategies that promote health equity. However, while data often exists, it isn’t always easily accessible. To bridge this […]

Hope and Oral Health: Deserving Dental’s Journey to Break Systemic Barriers

When I first joined the Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation (DDCOF) team last year, I heard two phrases that I now keep front and center as I approach my work: “Let’s put the mouth back in the body” and “oral health is overall health.” As a newcomer to philanthropy and oral health, I continually reflect […]

New Voices for Oral Health Equity: Announcing our 2024 Grantees

What does achieving oral health equity in Colorado look like? At Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation, this is a question we continuously explore with our grantees and leaders across various sectors. Our 2024 grantees bring new voices to this effort, and with this being my first grant cycle as executive director of the foundation, I […]

Fluoride Varnish: A Shield for Your Child’s Smile

As we celebrate National Children’s Dental Health Month in February, it’s crucial for parents to understand the importance of fluoride varnish in maintaining their child’s healthy smile. This dental treatment, recommended by pediatricians, plays a vital role in preventing tooth decay, slowing it down, or stopping it from worsening. Fluoride varnish treatments, typically administered 2 […]

Paving the Path Toward Accessible Dental Care Through Higher Education

At Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation, we know that diversifying the oral health care workforce helps us achieve greater health outcomes for all. According to the Colorado Health Institute, Black and Hispanic patients with providers of the same race are more likely to be satisfied with their health care overall and consistently seek preventive care. […]

Delta Dental of Colorado Recognized for Award-Winning Philanthropy

Delta Dental of Colorado strives to do what’s right, and we believe that doing good is good for business. It’s an honor to be recognized by the Denver Business Journal as a 2023 Partner in Philanthropy. This award recognizes organizations that prioritize giving back to the community. Our mission is to improve the oral health […]

Nurturing Healthy Smiles: Thriving Families’ Support in Oral Care for Moms and Kids

Thriving Families, a nonprofit organization located in metro-Denver, offers programs that support women, children, and their families during pregnancy and just after a baby is born – a critical period of development for children’s futures. With the support of Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation, Thriving Families is providing bilingual oral health care for families, a […]

Increasing Access to Culturally Competent, Affordable Oral Health Care

Frank and Carolyn Anello always knew they wanted to make a difference across the world. Driven by their passion for helping others, they began aiding refugees from Burma, including sponsoring a family. Then, in 2012, they embarked on a mission trip to Burma where Carolyn, a dental professional, volunteered her services. This trip ignited a […]

Improving Health Care Access in Under-Resourced Communities

AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY TO HEALTH CARE ADVOCACY Jim Garcia had never imagined that his career would lead him to the world of health care policy. As a dedicated staff member for Democratic U.S. Senator Tim Wirth, his primary focus had always been on policy issues related to health care. However, one thing was clear – […]

Connecting Children and Families to Health Care through Mission-Related Investments

Nonprofits often face limited loan options, and the loans available in the private sector usually come with high-interest rates, making them less effective in a nonprofit context. In 2019, Whitney Gustin Connor took the helm as the Executive Director of Kids First Health Care, armed with her knowledge of capital loans from previous roles. “Kids […]