Oral Health Colorado (OHCO)

When it comes to health disparities, it's a tale of the teeth: families of color and low-income families are less likely to have access to dental care. This can lead to a lifetime of health problems. OHCO works to narrow the gap by providing resources to local communities to improve oral health.

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General Information

Official Name
Oral Health Colorado​​​​​​​
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(2011)Oral Health Awareness Colorado!
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Offers Additional Colorado State Tax Credit
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2519 11th Ave Suit A PMB 200
Greeley, CO 80631
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Mission Statement

Oral Health Colorado (OHCO) will develop and promote strategies that achieve optimal oral health for all Coloradans

Organization History

2003 - Supported by the CDC and CPHE, Oral Health Awareness Colorado! formed as a coalition dedicated to improving the oral health of Coloradans.
2004 - OHAC! convened a state-wide summit to identify key issues to be addressed in a State Oral Health Plan. Using data and ideas generated at the summit, OHAC! developed the plan, "Smart Mouths, Healthy Bodies: An Action Plan to Improve the Oral Health of Coloradans". Coalition members were largely responsible for the success of the plan, as demonstrated in a recent evaluation.
2007 - OHAC! added a Managing Director. The Director was active in hearings on state health care reform. Her participation was the primary reason that oral health was integrated into the process.
2010 - Oral Health Colorado (formerly OHAC!) reinvented itself to meet new advocacy challenges.
2011 -- Oral Health Colorado became a 501(c)(3) organization and obtained a $100,000 planning grant focused on school based oral health care
2012 -- The revised Colorado Oral Health plan was launched as a web-based document easily providing access to information and data.
- A Medicaid adult dental benefit was passed by the Colorado Legislatiure
- A Community grants program administered by CDPHE was passed by the legislature
- OHCO developed and disseminated 4 issues briefs regarding oral health


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