There’s no doubt that good oral healthcare can change lives, but accessing that care can be a challenge: Cost, a maldistribution of dentists, age and even dental fear are all barriers to care.* So Carestream Dental has partnered with Local Start Dental, a new clinic in North Carolina that specializes in meeting the needs of the area’s most vulnerable populations — veterans, the elderly and low-income adults — by providing free or discounted care.
Co-founded by Doug Brown, former President of Affordable Care LLC, and Dr. Scott De Rossi, former Dean of UNC’s Adams School of Dentistry, and led by its present interim dean, Dr. Julie Byerley, who has proudly and enthusiastically continued the legacy of Local Start Dental, the clinic meets several needs in the Research Triangle (the area comprising of Durham, Raleigh and Chapel Hill, N.C.) area. It provides care for underserved populations by connecting them with dental students from the Adams School of Dentistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, who will gain invaluable practice and exposure at the clinic.
“Our name stands for: Life-Changing Oral Care and Learning, which describes the benefits that this practice will provide to North Carolina,” Brown said “Untreated dental issues create significant health, societal and economic challenges for thousands of individuals that are missing teeth. We are grateful for partners like Carestream Dental whose generosity is helping us to provide services that will be life-changing for many in our community."
What started as an idea in 2018 has come to fruition as a 5,000 sq. ft. facility that saw its grand opening in late summer 2021. But as with any new clinic, especially a non-profit one, the need for state-of-the-art equipment was top of mind.
Carestream Dental met that need with a donation of a CS 9600 CBCT system, a CS 3700 intraoral scanner and CS ScanFlow software, RVG 6200 sensors and a CS 2400P portable generator. From the first exam when digital bitewings are needed to understand the initial clinical situation to handling the most complicated cases requiring 3D imaging or implant planning, this technology is designed to seamlessly work together to cover the full spectrum of care. Practitioners can make more confident diagnoses and patients see better outcomes sooner.
“Part of Carestream Dental’s mission is ‘Changing Lives,’ so Local Start Dental’s mission really resonated with us,” Jeremy Thomas, general manager of the Americas region, Carestream Dental, said. “As they so rightly point out, society can be prejudiced against edentulous adults, so replacing a tooth isn’t just about giving someone their smile back — it’s giving them their lives back. And if it also means dental students are getting the experience they need, then all the better!”
Local Start Dental features ten operatories, four staffed by faculty-supervised students and six overseen by local volunteer licensed dentists. The clinic is predicted to assist 3,000 patients annually, while 160 third- and fourth-year dental students will gain valuable clinical experience.
To learn more about Local Start Dental and its unique mission, visit localstartdental.org. To learn more about Carestream Dental, or any of its innovative technology, visit carestreamdental.com.
*Bersell, C. (2017). Access to Oral Health Care: A National Crisis and Call for Reform. American Dental Hygienists' Association. 91 (1) 6-14. https://jdh.adha.org/content/91/1/6#ref-2
About Local Start Dental
Local Start Dental’s mission is to restore smiles and confidence for our underserved neighbors while advancing the clinical skills of dental professionals. Local Start Dental will be a state-of-the-art dental treatment and training center focused on high-quality tooth replacement services for veterans, the elderly, and low-income adults throughout the Triangle, and eventually, across North Carolina. Learn more at localstartdental.org.
About Carestream Dental
Carestream Dental is committed to transforming dentistry, simplifying technology and changing lives. In this pursuit, we focus on providing the latest in high-quality scanning technology, the smartest chairside systems, the most intuitive practice management software, incredibly accurate imaging software and the data intelligence that helps continually refine patient outcomes. And we offer these solutions for the full range of dental and oral health professionals. For more information, visit carestreamdental.com.
Fast, accurate, and esthetic: this is how digital dentistry can be described in just one visit. And it is becoming increasingly popular. Dentsply Sirona is excited to announce our latest step in helping dentists achieve their digital dentistry clinical and practice goals – the launch of a truly esthetic, high-strength zirconia CAD/CAM block in a bold new partnership with VITA Zahnfabrik. CEREC MTL Zirconia will launch at DS World in Las Vegas and brings together a high level of esthetics and ease of processing alongside the strength familiar with zirconium oxide in a multilayer graduated zirconium oxide block. The new material will be available from September 2021.
Dentsply Sirona has helped shape the world of digital dentistry with innovation across multiple imaging and software platforms. This effort has continually sought to respond to the voice of our customers and deliver the tools clinicians need and want to be successful. Specifically, in the CEREC workflow where patients require a restoration, dentists are faced with an important question: Which material fits best in terms of strength, esthetics, and processing simplicity? Until now, material selection has been limited, particularly in delivering across all three of these vital performance areas. Less than one year ago Dentsply Sirona began to shift the conversation from compromise to delivering on what is required with the release of CEREC Tessera. CEREC MTL Zirconia continues this conversation, particularly for posterior restorations where zirconia blocks have been critical to success.
CEREC MTL Zirconia is a zirconium oxide enriched with yttrium oxide that leaves virtually nothing to be desired. A key factor in the material developed and produced by VITA Zahnfabrik is the special color technology consisting of a multilayer color gradient. This MTL (multi transitional layer) technology, in combination with high translucency, results in very natural esthetics without compromising on strength. This property turns CEREC MTL Zirconia into genuine innovation and an excellent choice for bridges and crowns as well as for inlays, onlays, and veneers.
While this color transition visibly improves the esthetics, the 3-point flexural strength of more than 850 MPa helps ensure very high strength. This enables minimally invasive crown preparation with a wall thickness as low as 0.6 mm. This strength and wall thickness allows for ideal anatomically designed posterior restorations and gives clinicians more flexibility in the CEREC workflow.
Chairside supply with simple and fast workflow
And one of the best parts: Processing is fast and easy. After scanning with CEREC Primescan, which is now twice as fast with the upgrade to CEREC SW 5.2 and creating a finished restoration in five clicks, a crown made of CEREC MTL Zirconia can be milled out in as little as five minutes in the Super Fast mode of CEREC Primemill. Subsequent sintering in CEREC SpeedFire takes around 18-21 minutes, and the optional glaze firing can be completed after just nine minutes . With conventional cementation as the finishing step, CEREC MTL Zirconia will quickly become the CAD/CAM block of choice for posterior restorations.
The first users of CEREC MTL Zirconia expressed great satisfaction with the new material and praised above all the uncompromising path to remarkable esthetics. "It is very rare for a material and workflow to come along that changes the way you practice. There are things that make you more efficient, but the advent of chairside esthetic zirconia has changed the way I do things in my office” reports Dr. Mike Skramstad from Orono (MN). “CEREC MTL is the pinnacle of what I am looking for in a chairside zirconia. High strength, esthetic, cementable, and low minimal thickness design not only make the execution of the restoration easy, but the efficiency, fit, and workflow has simply changed everything for me."
Comprehensive materials portfolio for CEREC restorations
Dentsply Sirona's block portfolio for CEREC restorations includes glass-ceramics (CEREC Tessera) as well as various zirconium oxide blocks (CEREC Zirconia+) and is now completed by a true multi-talent for restoring teeth in different regions of the mouth.
"With CEREC MTL Zirconia, we are rounding off our CAD/CAM block portfolio of glass-ceramic and zirconia blocks with an esthetic zirconium oxide," explains Mathias Kraus, Vice President Restorative Marketing/Single-Unit Crown at Dentsply Sirona. "In this way, the highest demands of patients in terms of strength and esthetics can be met simultaneously."
CEREC MTL Zirconia is the result of a collaboration between VITA and Dentsply Sirona. "With this innovation, we have succeeded in ideally combining the requirements for maximum esthetics, ease of processing, and familiar strength," explains Bernd Schnakenberg, Head of Global Sales & Marketing at VITA.
While VITA is the designer and producer of this new MTL zirconium oxide block, Dentsply Sirona with Degudent GmbH, Hanau, will be responsible for the exclusive global distribution.
Further information on CEREC MTL Zirconia can be found on the website:https://www.dentsplysirona.com/en/explore/restorative/cerec-mtl-zirconia.html
Learn more about CEREC MTL Zirconia and connect with dental industry professionals at Dentsply Sirona World 2021
This year will also have a virtual registration option to access the event virtually, as well as an option to live stream the daily general sessions for free to maximize the opportunities to reconnect.
Clinical education is paramount to empowering dental professionals to provide the best possible care to their patients, and our extended program will combine product demonstrations and experiences from experts from all over the world. Dentsply Sirona World 2021 is the ultimate dental experience, offering engaging and dynamic speakers, educational sessions, networking opportunities, health and wellness sessions and educational webinars and more.
Don’t have time to make your choice of sessions live? Not to worry: those attending virtually who are registered for the CE programming ticket can also continue to access the courses on-demand and earn CE credit using the DS World app and DS Academy platform through October 31.
Interested in joining the health and wellness sessions? Virtual participants can take part in those to and complement their educational training. Dentsply Sirona is even making it possible to engage with others and network through the event’s virtual platform.
Join thousands of dental industry colleagues and register for DS World 2021 today:www.dentsplysirona.com/dsworld
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Colorado was one of the states that chose to expand Medicaid adult dental benefits under the Affordable Care Act. As of 2014, adults members could receive up to $1,000 annually toward the cost of dental services. In 2019, the cap was raised to $1,500. The new benefit covered procedures such as dental exams, crowns, partial dentures, and root canals.
A new report from CareQuest Institute for Oral Health describes a study of the impact of Medicaid expansion in Colorado, focused on one safety-net provider. Key findings include:
After expansion, the total number of adult Medicaid patients seen at the site increased by almost 350%.
Between 2013 and 2016, the site saw a 51% increase in tooth-saving procedures (e.g., restoration, endodontic and periodontal treatments) and a 22% decrease in extractions.
Tooth-saving procedures increased in all ethnicities and all ages above 21 years.
Overall, in Colorado, the dental community has embraced the adult Medicaid benefit, which has improved the oral health of patients who previously lacked adequate access to care.
Launca Medical, a leading provider of innovative scanning solutions in digital dentistry, today announced its participation at the International Dental Show (IDS) 2021, the largest global trade fair for the dental industry. Launca will showcase its latest innovations, the DL-206 intraoral scanner at booth P-018 in hall 10.2. The event will be held on September 22-25, 2021 in Cologne, Germany.
As the latest addition to Launca DL-200 series, Launca DL-206 is a powder-free intraoral scanner with an ergonomic design, light weight, and fast scan speed, which ensures a comfortable scanning experience for both dental practitioners and patients, and delivers superior treatment outcomes.
With Launca's proprietary 3D scanning technology, DL-206 can quickly tackle down complex dental cases with enhanced accuracy and real-time visualization. The intraoral scanner is available in both cart and portable versions, providing better flexibility to meet the needs of dental practices.
Launca Medical is a fast-growing company in the dental field, winning two awards at the 2021 HCA Medtech Awards - Dentistry Solution Initiative of the Year and Digital Innovation of the Year. With its award-winning DL-206 intraoral scanner, Launca Medical has become a key player in the market and now it is one of the highly anticipated exhibitors in the industry at IDS 2021.
"We are delighted to see that the industry is now getting back to in-person events," said Dr. Jian Lu, Founder & CEO of Launca Medical. "IDS is a key platform for us to connect with dental professionals and showcase the latest digital solutions we are making to help dental practices achieve a smooth and efficient digital transition."
Launca representatives will be available at Hall 10.2 Stand P-018 for one-on-one meetings and product demos throughout the event. Visitors can also access Launca Medical digitally through IDSconnect.
Vieworks, a global leader in the X-ray imaging industry, presents its complete dental detector lineups at the International Dental Show (IDS) 2021 (hall 11.2 P/R 28/29) from 22 to 25 September. IDS is the world's biggest trade fair for dentistry and dental technology, which takes place in Cologne, Germany every two years. More than 160,000 visitors from 64 countries visited IDS 2019.
At IDS, Vieworks will present its two dental detector series: VIVIX-D series, dynamic flat panel detectors, and VIVIX-C series, CMOS line sensor detectors. VIVIX-D series is a perfect solution for all-in-one dental CBCT and panoramic imaging. It is offered with both a-Si technology and IGZO technology, the latest TFT panel which has been emerging as a core technology in the dental field. VIVIX-C series is Vieworks' latest series which employs CMOS line sensor for high-precision panoramic imaging.
In the end, based on the novel technology from Vieworks, dentists can enhance their daily workflow and provide high-quality patient care. In addition, Vieworks' network all around the world offers immediate customer service on time.
"Debuting VIVIX-D series based on a-Si TFT technology in IDS 2019 was a huge success. This year, we are excited to introduce our new X-ray detectors employing IGZO technology and launch VIVIX-C series with CMOS line sensor technology." Jinwoo Nam, senior sales manager, explains about Vieworks' complete dental X-ray detector lineups to be presented this year. "We will take this as an opportunity to present Vieworks' unmatched imaging solutions and secure new customers around the world."
VIVIX-D series with IGZO TFT
For dental CBCT and panoramic imaging
Available in 3 sizes (10 * 17 cm, 17 * 17 cm, and 17 * 24 cm)
Supreme image quality with high resolution and SNR, and low image lag
Enhanced workflow with reliable image acquisition and transfer powered by Safe™
VIVIX-C series with CMOS line sensor
For dental panoramic imaging
Available in 2 sizes (15 * 1 cm and 23 * 1 cm)
Sharp panoramic image quality even at a lower dose
Enhanced user convenience with onboard image correction and simple SDK API
About Vieworks Co., Ltd.
Vieworks debuted its dental detectors based on its established imaging technology with over 20 years of experience in the X-ray imaging field. Since its debut, Vieworks' dental detectors quickly gained market recognition for their superior image quality and stable operation. As a global leader in digital imaging in various applications from medical X-ray imaging to industrial X-ray inspection, Vieworks offers the most advanced flat panel detectors and software as a solution to the world.
For more information, please visit xrayimaging.vieworks.com
A new worldwide consumer oral health awareness survey across 15 countries has revealed an amazing snapshot of oral health, habits, concerns and desires across the globe.
In the largest survey of its kind totalling 15,000 respondents, findings range from the countries best at brushing teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, to the top worst dental habits and most common dental issues.
The inaugural 2021 Global Healthy Thinking Report by international oral healthcare company, Sunstar, with brands including GUM, Butler and Ora2, also provides insight into which countries have seen the worst oral health impact during the pandemic, which countries are looking after their teeth best, and those who have the best smile satisfaction.
Worldwide findings include:
Most and least oral health issues – Thailand has the most and worst problems with oral health, just 1 in ten have no problems and just 5% are happy with their teeth. The UK ranked the highest, 40%, for not having any problems with their teeth.
Worst habits you would like to give up – Germany and Spain ranked equally the highest at 27% for smoking as the worst habit harmful to their dental health. 22% of Italians, Indonesians and Brazilians said drinking coffee, tea and staining drinks was their worst habit, while China ranks highest for sweets as their worst habit, 31%.
Most forgetful toothbrushers – Indonesians were the most forgetful at brushing their teeth, 45%, while Brazil ranked next highest at 40%. 33% of Italians, Argentinians and Britons said they never forget to brush their teeth. Germans forget the least, 20%.
Best for cleaning between teeth – China leads the way on cleaning between teeth at 21%, followed by Italy, 20% and Spain 18%. Indonesia ranked the lowest at just 7% for those who use an interdental cleaner, electric airflosser or floss.
Smile satisfaction – People in the Netherlands are the happiest with their teeth, and 18% would not want any cosmetic treatment to improve their smile. While just 5% of Thai, Spanish, Italians and Brazilians said they would not choose one cosmetic smile treatment. The US was one of the lowest, only 7% said they would not want any cosmetic treatment and are happy with their teeth.
Understanding of the mouth/body link – 76% of Argentinians understood smoking affected dental health, while just 39% of Singaporeans understood the mouth/body link. While the Japanese have the best understanding that dental health can also affect life expectancy, 38%, just 12% of British do.
Which countries reported most bad breath? Asian countries reported bad breath when describing their oral health more commonly than elsewhere in the world, with the worst in Japan, 34%. Brazil reported the least, just 8%. In Europe, bad breath is most common in Italy, 15% and least in the UK, 10%.
Which countries have seen the worst oral health impact during the pandemic? Argentinians have missed the most dental appointments during the pandemic, 44%. Just 12% of Japan have missed dental appointments, the lowest worldwide. Americans said they have experienced more tooth sensitivity during the pandemic, 25%. Indonesians ranked highest, 45%, for choosing to now clean their teeth more regularly as a result, followed by China at 38%.
Martijn Verhulst, Medical Liaison Manager, Sunstar Scientific Affairs, said about the survey findings: “We are proud to have conducted this largest survey of its kind to further our knowledge into consumer oral health.
“Positive findings included the numbers of people worldwide who are keeping their mouth healthy and fresh by brushing their teeth twice a day, using fluoride toothpaste and tongue brushing.
“But there did seem to be less understanding globally of the overall mouth/health link and the impact oral health has on your overall well-being, or how habits like smoking can impact your oral health. While this link is better known in Japan, for example at Sunstar we say “100 years mouth, 100 years health”, there does seem to be a need for greater understanding of this connection.
“We strongly advise that consumers get their teeth checked twice a year by a qualified professional to assess their oral health and any dental decay or gum disease. Regular dental checks are also important for identifying any issues early and before they can cause wider harm. A reputable dentist is also likely to spot signs of other medical conditions such as oral cancer or even diabetes if they can monitor your oral health frequently.”
A copy of the 2021 Sunstar Global Healthy Thinking report containing all the survey findings and analysis can be downloaded here https://www.sunstar.com/healthy-thinking-report/oral-survey-2021/.
Align Technology, Inc. (“Align”) (Nasdaq: ALGN) a leading global medical device company that designs, manufactures, and sells the Invisalign system of clear aligners, iTero intraoral scanners, and exocad CAD/CAM software for digital orthodontics and restorative dentistry, today announced an exclusive supply and distribution agreement with Ultradent Products Inc., a leading developer and manufacturer of high-tech dental materials, devices, and instruments worldwide.
As part of the multi-year agreement, Align will offer Invisalign trained doctors an exclusive professional whitening system with the leading Opalescence PF whitening formula from Ultradent, optimized for use with Invisalign clear aligners and Vivera retainers. The system will carry the co-branded name of ‘Invisalign Professional Whitening System – powered by Opalescence’ and will offer the same great whitening outcomes and streamlined practice experience dental professionals expect from the Opalescence PF product during active tooth movement with Invisalign aligners, as well as during passive retention using Vivera retainers. The Invisalign Professional Whitening System will be commercially available globally in 2022.
“A brighter, whiter smile is an important part of the Invisalign patient journey. In fact, a survey of North American Invisalign practices (1) shows that half of their patients ask for teeth whitening during or after they complete Invisalign treatment,” said Raj Pudipeddi, Align Technology chief product and marketing officer, and SVP and managing director of the Asia Pacific Region. “We believe that by providing an all-in-one solution that combines a leading teeth-whitening system with the most advanced clear aligner system in the world, we enable Invisalign trained doctors to enhance their patients’ treatment experience with a seamless workflow that also enables practice efficiency and growth. We’re very excited to partner with Ultradent to offer the first professional whitening system optimized for use with Invisalign clear aligners and Vivera retainers. Invisalign system trained doctors can use Opalescence PF for in-office teeth whitening treatment and for doctor supervised at-home whitening.”
“We’re honored to partner with Align to make the top professional teeth whitening products available to more clinicians and patients around the world,” said Ultradent President and CEO Dirk Jeffs. “Providing Align with teeth whitening products, ideal for use with Invisalign aligners and Vivera retainers, is a considerable step toward our mission of improving oral health globally and we look forward to pursuing this mission together.”
“Many of my patients would like whiter teeth as well as a straighter smile,” said Dr. Brian Amy, an orthodontist and Align Faculty member practicing in Oklahoma City. “The new Invisalign Professional Whitening System allows me to provide both simultaneously using the brands I trust.”
“After testing this system in my practice, I can confirm that the Invisalign Professional Whitening System is easy to administer and offers a great patient experience by combining whitening with Invisalign aligners or Vivera retainers,” said Dr. Jennifer Bell, a restorative and cosmetic dentist and Align GP Advisory Board Member practicing in Holly Springs, North Carolina. “The simple ordering mechanism minimizes burden on my practice to store and manage whitening products, while providing the brighter, whiter smiles we have come to expect from the Opalescence PF product.”
Ultradent is an ISO13485 certified facility and will manufacture the products according to those standards.
(1) 2017 online survey of Invisalign doctors, data on file at Align Technology.
Align Technology designs, manufactures and offers the Invisalign system, the most advanced clear aligner system in the world, iTero intraoral scanners and services, and exocad CAD/CAM software. These technology building blocks enable enhanced digital orthodontic and restorative workflows to improve patient outcomes and practice efficiencies for over 200 thousand doctor customers and is key to accessing Align’s 500 million consumer market opportunity worldwide. Align has helped doctors treat approximately 10.9 million patients with the Invisalign system and is driving the evolution in digital dentistry through the Align Digital Platform, our integrated suite of unique, proprietary technologies and services delivered as a seamless, end-to-end solution for patients and consumers, orthodontists and GP dentists, and lab/partners. Visit www.aligntech.com for more information.
For additional information about the Invisalign system or to find an Invisalign doctor in your area, visit www.invisalign.com. For additional information about iTero digital scanning system, visit www.itero.com. For additional information about exocad dental CAD/CAM offerings and a list of exocad reseller partners, visit www.exocad.com.
Ultradent Products, Inc., is a leading developer and manufacturer of high-tech dental materials, devices, and instruments worldwide. Ultradent’s vision is to improve oral health globally. Ultradent also works to improve the quality of life and health of individuals through financial and charitable programs. For more information about Ultradent, call 800.552.5512, visit ultradent.com or find us on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Instagram.
To ensure SmileCon attendees have a safe and enjoyable meeting experience, they will need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or submit negative COVID-19 test results.
In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the American Dental Association updated its health and safety policy for SmileCon on Sept. 10. The meeting will take place Oct. 11-13 at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.
All face-to-face attendees, including dentists, dental team members, guests, exhibitors, vendors and ADA staff, must be fully vaccinated or submit negative test results to obtain their credentials and access to SmileCon.
In addition to receiving a negative COVID-19 test 48 hours or less before check-in, unvaccinated attendees also must test negative for COVID-19 every 72 hours while on-site at SmileCon. Testing will be provided for a fee, which is the responsibility of the unvaccinated attendee.
The ADA has contracted with CLEAR HEALTH PASS+ for attendees to securely upload proof of vaccination or negative test results within the CLEAR app on their mobile phones.
The ADA is working with venue partners to ensure a high standard of hygiene and cleanliness throughout Mandalay Bay, and there will be more hand sanitization stations throughout the event.
Based on current requirements from the state of Nevada, both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals must wear masks in all indoor public places. Masks will be required during all SmileCon functions regardless of location, and they may only be removed briefly when actively eating or drinking.
The ADA reserves the right to update its policy in accordance with science as well as federal, state, local and Mandalay Bay guidelines.
For the latest health and safety information, visit SmileCon.org. The ADA will provide regular updates on the SmileCon health and safety webpage and by email.
Young Innovations® is now distributing vVARDIS’ Curodont™ Repair Fluoride Plus with proprietary Curolox® technology. As of today, Young Innovations, a leading global supplier of dental products, is announced as the distributor of Curodont™ Repair Fluoride Plus, in collaboration with vVARDIS, a cutting-edge Oral Care manufacturer based in Switzerland.
vVARDIS’ Professional Curodont™ Repair Fluoride Plus is a locally applied professional mouth rinse for an in-depth anti-cavity treatment of initial tooth decay or white spots lesions, which occurs when a layer of the enamel on a tooth becomes demineralized. Once applied onto a cleaned white spot, Curodont™ Repair Fluoride Plus’ unique formulation helps the fluoride and the calcium found in saliva penetrate the enamel, boosting the re-mineralization process of the enamel over time in a therapy called Guided Enamel Re-mineralization.
Young Innovation’s distribution of Curodont™ Repair Fluoride Plus reflects our continued commitment to invest in dental treatment therapies that can prevent and address dental caries, the largest and most prevalent non-communicable disease globally.
For more information on Curodont™ Repair Fluoride Plus:
To order the product directly: https://www.youngspecialties.com/product/curodont-repair-fluoride-plus/
In Partnership with the Hispanic Heritage Foundation, the Haz la U Grant Program is Helping to Shape the Future, One Smile at a Time
Colgate-Palmolive Company is now accepting applications for its annual Haz la U ("Make the U") educational grant program for the 2022-2023 academic year. In partnership with the Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF), the program aims to address the financial needs that Latinx students may face on their journey for higher education. 31 educational grants totaling $100,000 will be awarded to Latinx high school students throughout the U.S. who have demonstrated academic excellence, volunteerism, and leadership within their communities. Applications are now officially open and will close on November 14, 2021.
As part of this year's effort, Colgate has created a film that features the story of Lizbeth Luevano, a 2019 Haz La U grant recipient. Lizbeth grew up in California's Coachella Valley in a mixed status household. Her father was a field worker and her mother helped raise over 10 children in her neighborhood, instilling the values that today define her: dedication, compassion, and an unwavering desire to help others. As a result, Lizbeth is attending Stanford University, where she plans to major in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity as well as Earth Systems.
"It was difficult seeing that disparity between my other middle-class peers, having to realize that there were things that were accessible to them that weren't accessible to me," said Lizbeth Luevano. "As a recipient of the Haz La U grant it has given me the opportunity to attend Stanford University and ultimately pursue a career in immigration law. My hope for the future is living in a space where I can see my neighbors thrive, where I can see my neighbors have the same accessibility to an education..."
"Colgate-Palmolive is a caring, innovative growth company that is reimagining a healthier future for all people. We are proud to continue our commitment to the Latinx community and award grants to these extraordinary students through Haz la U." said Dana Medema, Vice President and General Manager of North America Oral Care at Colgate-Palmolive. "We are inspired by Lizbeth's story to aid her community because at Colgate, we believe everyone deserves a future to smile about. We hope that by sharing her story, more students will rise above and aspire to be leaders of tomorrow."
For over 10 years, Colgate has partnered with the Hispanic Heritage Foundation to award Haz La U scholarships through their annual Youth Awards. "We're extremely proud to continue our partnership with Colgate for the Haz la U grant by providing educational assistance to Latinx students, which will get them a step closer to achieving their higher education goals," said Antonio Tijerino, President and CEO, Hispanic Heritage Foundation. "This important effort with Colgate through our Youth Awards program will showcase the tremendous talent and potential of our youth. These scholarships will help young leaders continue on their track to making an impact on our community and America."
On the regional level, The Haz La U grant program will award 10 Gold level grants of $4,000 each, 10 Silver level grants of $3,000 each, and 10 Bronze level grants of $2,000 each. One regional winner will receive a National level grant of $10,000. To watch Lizbeth's story, apply and learn more about Haz la U ("Make the U") visit Colgate.com/MakeTheU.