Monday, August 19, 2013

State Health New Home for Cavity Free at Three

On Sept. 1, 2013, Cavity Free at Three, Colorado’s statewide program to prevent dental disease in our youngest children, will have a new organizational home at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE).  Cavity Free at Three is moving to CDPHE to align with state efforts on the Governor’s Winnable Battle for Oral Health, further integrate Cavity Free at Three into state and local public health infrastructure, and work more closely with state partners in growing the Medicaid dental provider network so that all children have access to a dental home. 

The mission of Cavity Free at Three is to eliminate early childhood cavities in Colorado’s children, helping them grow up free of dental disease.  The project is working to:
  • Improve access to preventive dental care for children
  • Increase the number of children with dental homes
  • Grow the Medicaid dental provider network in Colorado
  • Engage primary care physicians and public health practitioners in preventing oral      disease in children
  • Educate parents about the importance of oral health care for their children
  • Improve state health policies to ensure good oral health for all Colorado children.
      Cavity Free at Three is funded by Caring for Colorado Foundation, The Colorado Health Foundation, The Colorado Trust, Delta Dental Foundation of Colorado, Kaiser Permanente and Rose Community Foundation.  For more information, visit www.cavityfreeatthree.org.

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