Successful oral health outcomes begin with being able to access oral health care. This initiative addresses barriers around access and utilization in two Colorado communities that experience high rates of poverty and limited access to quality oral health care. Through an in-depth data analysis with the Colorado Health Institute and examination of foundation grantees, the San Luis Valley and the East Metro communities have been selected as the focus of our efforts.

Every community has unique assets and challenges. Our place-based initiative aims to work with these communities to develop long-term relationships, partnerships, resources, and solutions crafted to fit their needs. We hope to build better, innovative systems for access to quality oral health care.

San Luis Valley: Alamosa, Conejos, Costilla, Mineral, Rio Grande, and Saguache counties.

East Denver metro: Montbello, Green Valley Ranch, Swansea, Elyria, Globeville, and/or Northwest Aurora (generally: North Aurora, Hoffman Heights/Jewell Heights, and Fitzsimmons neighborhoods).



All data points referenced from the 2019 Colorado Health Access Survey