AUSTIN, TEXAS. – The 2015 National Hispanic/Latino Oral Health Education Campaign begins on June 30th . The project is funded by a $50,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation of BattleCreek, Mich.
“As the Hispanic Community continues to grow, oral health disparities are not being addressed at a pace that keeps up with the increase in the population size. We look forward to an impactful partnership where we can empower the public with culturally appropriate oral health information,” voiced Dr. Vidal Balderas DDS, President of the Hispanic Dental Association.
Campaign efforts will be national in scope, but highlight and focus in cities where HDA has a professional chapter and be augmented through its 34 Dental Student Chapters. The focus centers on 3 key components;
1. Educate dental oral health professionals regarding the oral health needs of the underserved population in their communities suffering from untreated dental disease.
2. Educate private practitioners on how to strengthen and expand the public/private health safety net through new innovative oral health providers and workforce models.
3. Educate the Hispanic/Latino population on disease prevention and dental health through bi-lingual messaging and materials.
"Our partnership and campaign will shine a light on communities where oral health disparities continue to be an issue. From a health equity standpoint, we hope that this will be a catalyst for conversations and action throughout our communities that receive little to no oral health information, and are disproportionately impacted by the inequities in access to information and services,” said David Pena, Jr., Executive Director of the Hispanic Dental Association.
“This campaign effort pursues authentic engagement with communities, and has the potential to be the strongest and most effective pathway to community-led solutions for improving the oral health of Latino children and families,” said Dr. Alice Warner, director of policy with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.