The oral health care field is disproportionally represented by white professionals, especially for higher-paying positions like dentists and hygienists, while dental assistant positions are disproportionately represented by people of color. Through our grant-making, we hope to provide new avenues for communities of color to enter the profession and access opportunities for advancement. We believe tapping into local talent will provide pathways to prosperity to populations that are historically excluded and diversify the oral health-care field which is important to ensure greater health outcomes for all people. According to the Colorado Health Institute, Black and Hispanic patients with providers of the same race are more likely to consistently seek preventative care. They are also more likely to be satisfied with their health care overall. 

(Citation: Saha, S., Komaromy, M., Koepsell, T. D., & Bindman, A. B. (1999). Patient-physician racial concordance and the perceived quality and use of health care. Archives of internal medicine, 159(9), 997–1004

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1 Colorado, 2018, American Community Survey
2 Colorado Health Access Survey 2019
3 American Dental Education Association (ADEA), Survey of Dental School Seniors, 2017 Graduating Class