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Dental Health Alliance honors four community members as ‘champions’

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October 27, 2016 — The Aspen to Parachute Dental Health Alliance is honoring four community members who have helped advance its mission of increasing access to affordable oral health care services for local populations in need.
At the organization’s annual event this evening at Aspen Glen commemorating its third year, it will recognize the following “oral health champions” for their contributions: Dr. Matthew Burt of All Kids Dental and three Dental health Alliance board members, Barbara Sullan, Liz Stark, and Sandy Swanson. (read the full story here)

Oral health champions recognized

Glenwood Post Independent
October 25, 2016 — The Aspen to Parachute Dental Health Alliance this week will honor champions for their contributions in providing access to affordable oral health: Dr. Matthew Burt of All Kids Dental and three alliance board members: Barbara Sullan, Liz Stark and Sandy Swanson.

Each of the champions has been instrumental in helping the Dental Health Alliance meet its mission to create a comprehensive dental health system that promotes education, prevention and access of care for all residents in Garfield, Pitkin and Eagle counties. (read the full story here)

West Slope youth to benefit from grants that fund dental programs

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September 14, 2016 — Youth from several western Colorado counties will be among the beneficiaries of a pilot program to test a new dental-service delivery model in Colorado.

The Caring for Colorado Foundation, and its funding partner, the Colorado Health Foundation, have awarded $500,000 grants for the SMILES Dental Project to Mountain Family Health Centers, which serves Garfield and Eagle counties, and Tri-County Health Network, which serves San Miguel, Montrose, Ouray and Delta counties…. (read the full story here)

KDNK – Giving Community

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March 3, 2016 — This month’s show features Alpine Legal Services and Aspen to Parachute Dental Health Alliance.

 

 

Garfield nonprofits collaborate for Colorado Gives Day

Glenwood Post Independent
December 2, 2015 — As the holiday season awakens the spirit of giving and prompts many of us to donate time and money to nonprofit organizations, Colorado Gives Day harnesses the power of community to multiply the effect of individual gifts. (read the full story here)

KMTS Connections Interview – Colorado Gives Day

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December 3, 2015 – Interview with APDHA Director Cristina Gair and other non profits on the upcoming 2015 Colorado Gives Day.

Wamsley Elementary Health Clerk Recognized

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October 2015 — Wamsley Elementary health clerk Tiffany Arnold received one of the first Aspen to Parachute Dental Health Alliance (APDHA) Oral Health Champion Awards for 2015 last month at Aspen Glen. Garfield County Public Health Special Projects Coordinator Carrie Godes nominated Arnold for this award for her support of the Smiles for Students program — a collaboration between ADPHA and Garfield County Public Health. (read the full story here)

In about-face, Snowmass resumes adding fluoride to water

Aspen Times
October 21, 2015 — The Snowmass Water and Sanitation District has reversed its decision to stop adding fluoride to local public water, voting 3-2 Wednesday to resume the practice immediately. The board, which had voted 3-1 to discontinue fluoridation in July, had mixed feelings about the issue Wednesday. Michael Shore, who voted against fluoride in July, said he’s still personally opposed to the practice but couldn’t ignore the wishes of the 64 percent of customers who favored fluoride… (read the full story here)

APDHA’s Oral Health for Total Health Event 2015

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October 16, 2015 — Please join us to promote Oral Health for Total Health in our community. The Aspen to Parachute Dental Health Alliance fundraiser and dinner event will feature keynote speaker, Dr. William Bailey, DDS, MPH, Delta Dental Endowed Chair in Early Childhood Caries Prevention, Professor, University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine, Anschutz Medical Campus. Dr. Bailey will speak regarding Oral Health: A Critical Piece of Integrated Care, and then will take questions following his presentation. (read the full story here)

More than 400 Pitkin County Kids to Receive Free Dental Screenings and Fluoride Treatments

City of Aspen
September 21, 2015 — Aspen to Parachute Dental Health Alliance in partnership with Kids First, has been awarded $15,000 Bright Start Smiles grants from Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation, the charitable arm of Delta Dental of Colorado. Together as partners, the grant recipients will provide dental screenings and fluoride varnishes to more than 400 children enrolled in early childhood programs in Pitkin County. (read the full story here)

Delta Dental of Colorado Announces Mini-Grant Funding Awards

Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation
August 24, 2015 — Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation (DDCOF) today announced funding awards for projects working to improve children’s oral health in local communities. Eleven organizations have received awards ranging from $1,000 -­‐ $15,000 per grant. Total award funding is $100,962. This funding is part of DDCOF’s larger efforts to spur dental health innovation throughout Colorado. Through statewide requests for applications (RFA), 56 grant requests for more than $618,000 in funding were submitted. (read the full story here)

Snowmass water board nixes fluoride

Aspen Times
July 20, 2015 — With no members of the public present other than two dental professionals and a journalist, the Snowmass Water and Sanitation District board of directors voted Friday to stop fluoridating its drinking water. The board began reconsidering its practice in May after the federal government revised its recommendations regarding public-water fluoridation. Snowmass already followed the new standards, but the announcement sparked a debate that continued for three board meetings. (read the full story here)

Dental Health Alliance Aspen Public Radio’s Nonprofit of the Month in May 2015

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The Aspen to Parachute Dental Health Alliance was featured as Aspen Public Radio’s Nonprofit of the Month in May 2015. Listen to the four interview spots with Cristina Gair, Executive Director, Kelly Keeffe, Regional Oral Health Consultant, and Carrie Godes, APDHA Vice President and Garfield County Public Health. (read the full story here)

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May 21, 2015 — Pitkin County health officials are mulling options to help the area’s low-income families receive the care they so desperately need, but more often than not cannot access. Members of the Roaring Fork Valley’s health care community went before the county’s board of health on Tuesday afternoon to discuss a local trend where more people are getting on Medicaid, only to find that few physicians in the Aspen area will accept the public insurance. (read the full story here)

Drilling down on the fluoride debate

Glenwood Post Independent
March 22, 2015 — If Rifle decides to add fluoride to its water, it would join Glenwood Springs, Aspen and Snowmass Village among municipalities in Garfield and Pitkin counties. Other towns in the region do not add fluoride to their water, and dentists say they can see the difference. Rifle is building a new water treatment plant and, at the urging of local health officials, is studying whether to buy equipment to add fluoride. (read the full story here)

Letter: Healthy smiles make healthy kids

Aspen Times
March 17, 2015 — Did you know brushing your teeth for two minutes twice a day is proven to ensure a healthier mouth? Two hundred ten Aspen and Basalt second-graders learned that and more at the Children’s Dental Fair on Feb. 20 at Aspen High School. In celebration of Children’s Dental Health Month, the children had a day of tooth brushing, flossing and nutritional lessons, and played games such as pin the brush on the plaque…. (read the full story here)

As local Medicaid load grows, problems around dental access increase

Aspen Public Radio
February 12, 2015 — If you’re an adult with Medicaid in the Roaring Fork Valley, there’s only one clinic that will accept your health insurance. This lack of access is a problem as the number of Medicaid patients increase under the Affordable Care Act. Colorado expanded Medicaid a year ago and in Pitkin County alone, the number of people using Medicaid nearly tripled. It’s a busy Tuesday at Mountain Family Health Center in Rifle. Doctor Garry Millard is one of two dentists who regularly handles several patients a day. The clinic is typically booked five months out. (read the full story here)

Dental program brightens smiles on Western Slope

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April 28, 2014 — Last year, nearly 1,200 children from 12 schools brushed up on oral health through Garfield County Public Health’s School-Based Dental Program. Starting with one hygienist in two schools when it launched in 2008, the program — which provides second-, third- and sixth-graders with dental screenings, fluoride treatments, dental sealants and education — has quickly spread throughout Garfield County’s three school districts (read the full story here)

Kudos and Kindness

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March 9, 2014 — Elks Lodge brightens local smiles– Ask a local second-grader about their teeth, and they might share a fun story with you from their day at the Children’s Dental Fair. Thank you to the Aspen Elks Lodge for sponsoring the 14th annual Children’s Dental Fair. Thank you to the Aspen Elks Lodge for sponsoring the 14th annual Children’s Dental Fair. In addition, thank you to the Aspen to Parachute Dental Health Alliance… (read the full story here)

Dental Program Brightens Smiles

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2013 Annual Report — Starting with one hygienist in two schools when it launched in 2008, the program – which provides 2nd, 3rd and 6th graders with dental screenings, fluoride treatments, dental sealants and education – has quickly spread throughout Garfield County’s three school districts thanks to strong partnerships between the Health Department, the Aspen to Parachute Dental Health Alliance and local schools… (read the full story here)

Aspen to Parachute Dental Health Alliance: Healthy smiles for all

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Glenwood Post Independent
July 12, 2012 — Tooth decay for children in the U.S. between the ages of 6 and 19 has dropped by almost half since the early 1970s, says the Center for Disease Control. And the Aspen to Parachute Dental Health Alliance (APDHA) aims to keep it that way for youngsters in the Roaring Fork and Colorado River valleys. (read the full story here)

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