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Commitment, Curiosity, and Collaboration: Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation’s Strategic Plan Update

As the corporate foundation of Delta Dental of Colorado, Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation (DDCOF) is committed to achieving change through grantmaking, impact investing, building coalitions, data and research, policy, and leadership — none of which can be done without strong community partners and a committed team. In 2021, Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation launched […]

Advancing Oral Health Equity with Mission-Related Investments

For years, Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation (DDCOF) has been dedicated to achieving oral health equity in Colorado, primarily through capital grants. As the sole oral health-focused funder in the state, DDCOF has expanded its support beyond traditional grantmaking by introducing mission-related investments (MRIs) in collaboration with community partners. Known as the Oral Health Capital […]

Elevating Oral Health Equity: Voices, Representation, and Action Towards a More Inclusive Future

As a person who grew up in disenfranchised communities, I have witnessed firsthand the impact of health inequities on individuals and families. That is why I’m passionate about health care equity and have dedicated my career to working toward reaching it. Recently, I had the privilege of facilitating dialogues with AHEC scholars and then CLLARO […]

Delta Dental Foundations Partner to Advance Oral Health Workforce Diversity

Meet Lolinda Turner, dental workforce diversity & inclusion program manager at Delta Dental of Washington (DDWA). When she was a practicing registered dental assistant, Turner says that she “didn’t see a lot of other dental professionals who looked like me.” Three years ago, in her current role, Lolinda channeled her skills, experience, and passion for […]

Diversity in Dental Hygiene: An Important Part of the Solution to Oral Health Equity

Oral health is an integral part of overall well-being, yet many communities continue to face disparities in accessing oral health care and achieving optimal oral health. As part of an overarching strategy to address these disparities, Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation (DDCOF) launched a workforce initiative in 2021, with the goal of increasing the number […]

Building Healthy Smiles and Strong Readers: Raising a Reader Aspen to Parachute’s Partnership with Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation

Raising a Reader Aspen to Parachute is a nonprofit organization serving the Roaring Fork Valley that provides preschool and kindergarten students with entertaining, educational, and engaging books to read at home, thus building important parent-child bonds. Suzanne Wheeler-Del Piccolo has been the Executive Director at Raising a Reader Aspen to Parachute for over a year. […]

Addressing Social Determinants of Health to Improve Access to Oral Health Care

For many, the words, “increasing access to oral health care,” bring to mind images of free oral health screenings or mobile dental clinics. So, it may be a surprise that Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation (DDCOF) is supporting food justice, wealth building, and promotora work (promotoras are community health workers, residents, and identified leaders within […]

Oral Health Dashboard Democratizes Data

Data are crucial to understanding the oral health status of Coloradans and the barriers they face as they try to meet their oral health needs. However, often, data exist but are not readily accessible for decision-making, planning, and needs assessments. To advance oral health equity, Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation (DDCOF) is leading the way […]

Colorado General Assembly Update

Forty days and more than 400 bills and resolutions — what’s next?     Colorado is officially one-third of the way through the 74th Colorado General Assembly. While there has been no specific legislation introduced related to oral health, there are a number of bills that address significant social determinants of health and access to care that […]

Saguache County Envisions Medical-Dental Co-location

Long-time, now-retired physician David Arnett and former Saguache County Commissioner Tim Lovato have a vision. It includes restoring a 100-year-old historical building in the town of Saguache to house dental, medical, pharmacy, physical therapy, veterans, and eventually behavioral health services to serve the town of Saguache and the surrounding county. Dr. Arnett, who worked as […]