Oral Health Colorado (OHCO) will be honored by the Campaign for Dental Health with an award “for their determination and success in fighting the many fluoridation battles in Colorado over the past year.”
Since 2013, the Campaign for Dental Health (CDH) has recognized individuals, organizations and communities with a Fluoridation Determination Award, acknowledging outstanding work in the promotion and defense of community water fluoridation.
OHCO Executive Director Deborah Foote said, “Colorado’s model of supporting communities engaged in community water fluoridation continues to be recognized for its collaborative approach between public health, dental professionals and the diverse partners of the state oral health coalition. We are proud to accept this award on behalf of all our partners.”
OHCO Outreach Director Francoise Mbabazi will accept the award at CDH Annual Meeting in Chicago on August 2.
In addition to this national recognition, OHCO joined forces with the Colorado/Montana/Wyoming State Area Conference of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored Persons (NAACP) to promote the adoption of a resolution supporting oral health.
Entitled “NAACP Supports Oral Health Improvement Program and Community Water Fluoridation,” the resolution acknowledges that African Americans receive poorer dental care than White Americans, even when they have insurance coverage. Citing oral health disease in children which negatively impacts school performance; and in adults, where oral cavity infection is a risk factor for diseases including diabetes and cardiovascular disease, the resolution calls for the implementation of an Oral Health Improvement Program to educate NAACP members about ways to improve their oral health.
According to Rosemary Harris Lytle, Conference President, “The NAACP has long been committed to eliminating the racial and ethnic disparities in our health care system that plague people of color. Oral health has long been overlooked as a critical component of overall health, and the adoption of this resolution and related activities will help rectify that.”
Evolution is honored to have supported OHCO’s communications efforts for the past year!