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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.

The highest-paying positions in the oral health care field are disproportionately represented by white professionals, while lower-paying positions are conversely represented by professionals of color.

Through our workforce investments, we hope to provide new avenues for communities of color to enter into and advance within the oral health care industry.

From the Blog

Why we Need More Oral Health Providers of Color

the Data

of dentists in Colorado are white, non-Hispanic.
Source: Colorado, 2018, American Community Survey
of dental assistants in Colorado are people of color, with Latinx individuals comprising 34.4% of that total number.
Source: Colorado, 2018, American Community Survey
of Coloradans reported unfair health care treatment due to race or skin color.
of white dental students graduate with no debt, compared to 10% of Hispanic/Latinx students.
Source: American Dental Education Association, Survey of Dental School Seniors, 2017 Graduating Class

Our Goal

Create a more racially and ethnically diverse oral health workforce that reflects the demographics of our state, resulting in further reduction of access-to-care barriers and increasing culturally and socially relevant oral health care delivery.
Who We Serve
Communities of color who desire to pursue or advance their careers in the oral health care field.

What Success Looks Like

Increased diversity in the oral health workforce resulting in prosperity for oral health professionals who identify as Black, Indigenous, or people of color as well as increased access to care for diverse communities.
Portfolio Overview
Grow Dental Hygiene Programs
Recruitment and Retainment
Post Graduate Employment
Pipline Programs
Data Collection
Career Pathways

Grants by Occupation of Focus

Dental Assistant
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Dental Hygienist
0 %
0 %
All Three
0 %
Over $7,893,200 in Investments
From 2021 – 2024
17 Grantees
$1.5 million endowment
Policy Priorities
  • Community Health Worker reimbursement
  • Support seamless oral health career pathways from school to employment