May 15, 2023Joining forces to improve the oral health and wellness of older adultsIn March 2023, the Community Care Foundation gathered representatives from its inaugural Washington, D.C. coalition partners, Howard University College of Dentistry and Mary’s Center, and new California coalition partners, Dientes Community Dental Care and Salud Para La Gente, to host its first Senior Oral Health Coalition Program summit.
Jun 22, 2022Filling the gap: A Delta Dental Q&A on the senior oral health care crisis in AmericaTo shed more light on the challenges seniors face in maintaining their oral health, I moderated a Q&A session with Mary’s Center Family Physician Dr. Laura Blinkhorn and Delta Dental Chief Dental Officer Dr. Daniel Croley. We discussed how we’ve arrived at this point of crisis, why it’s important for oral health to be maintained as we age and what we can do to help.
Feb 14, 20225 barriers to oral health care affecting African AmericansThere’s an old saying, “When white folks catch a cold, Black folks get pneumonia.” We see this in the current pandemic: overall U.S. life expectancy fell by 1.5 years, with African Americans losing three years of life expectancy. Similar outcomes are seen in oral health: almost one-third of Black children have had cavities in their baby teeth, compared to one-fifth of White children.
Feb 23, 2021Edith Dorsey: Your story begins when someone believes in youAs we celebrate Black History Month, and as businesses make strides to develop bold diversity and inclusion strategies, I’ve been reflecting on the good fortune I’ve had to engage with exceptional leaders who encouraged me in my early years and taught me to believe in myself.