Social Isolation – Part 2: Social isolation acts as a “fertilizer” for other health problems

By Kenzie Ferguson This post is the second in a four-part series where we will dive into the topic of social isolation as a determinant of health and its connection to oral health. As covered in Part 1 of the series, social isolation is the absence of contact and support from friends, family or community. […]

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Social Isolation – Part 1: Understanding social isolation

By Kenzie Ferguson This post is the first of a four-part series where we will dive into the topic of social isolation as a determinant of health. Humans are social creatures. As a species, we rely on cooperation and community to survive and thrive. As a result, our society is built around finding places and […]

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Focusing on gratitude amid trying times

By Kevin Ryan Let’s be honest; it has been a rough year. Everyone has been impacted by the ranging and ever-changing turbulence of 2020 – a year that thus far has been largely defined by challenges and setbacks. Though our emotions and experiences are unique, our collective conscience will forever remember 2020. Throughout the chaos, […]

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Creating meaningful organizational culture and positive social impact

By Kenzie Ferguson Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) isn’t about making your company look good; it’s about doing good. CSR is so much more than a box to be checked or a term to throw around when responding to bad press or trying to mitigate reputational risk. At Delta Dental of California, doing good is central […]

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Student Spotlight – Yuliya Petukhova – Bringing an artistic flair to the dental profession

On July 14, we announced our Delta Dental Community Care Foundation 2020 Student Leadership Award winners. These graduating dental students exemplify our value of service, and we are proud to provide support as they embark on their careers. Yuliya Petukhova from the University of Utah School of Dentistry understands first-hand what it means to lack […]

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Student Spotlight: Ali Bounds – Dental practice and service are a family affair

On July 14, we announced our Delta Dental Community Care Foundation 2020 Student Leadership Award winners. These graduating dental students exemplify our value of service, and we are proud to provide support as they embark on their careers. Ali Bounds from the University of Mississippi School of Dentistry has distinguished herself during her time in […]

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Student Spotlight: Hung Nguyen – Building a career in smile restoration and service to his community

On July 14, we announced our Delta Dental Community Care Foundation 2020 Student Leadership Award winners. These graduating dental students exemplify our value of service, and we are proud to provide support as they embark on their careers. Hung Nguyen from Loma Linda University made service a priority during dental school. Hung initiated and led […]

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Student Spotlight: Katherine Ong – Continuing a long track record of service as she begins her career

On July 14, we announced our Delta Dental Community Care Foundation 2020 Student Leadership Award winners. These graduating dental students exemplify our value of service, and we are proud to provide support as they embark on their careers. Katherine Ong from the University of Maryland School of Dentistry dedicated herself to helping others since she […]

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Student Spotlight: Yescenia Perez – Educating Spanish-speaking children about the importance of oral health

On July 14, we announced our 2020 Student Leadership Award winners. These graduating dental students exemplify our value of service, and we are proud to provide support as they embark on their careers. Yescenia Perez, from Western University College of Dental Medicine, was not only the President of the Student Hispanic Dental Association, but she […]

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Grantee Spotlight: COVID-19 Highlights Health Inequity in D.C. – A Q&A with Mary’s Center

People of color are disproportionately affected by COVID-19 and often have less access to care. Our long-term partner, Mary’s Center in Washington, D.C. has put delivering health care to immigrants, minorities and other vulnerable populations at the center of its mission since its inception. That mission has taken an increased urgency amid the current pandemic, […]

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