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Honoring the roots of Pride month by committing to social justice

By Kevin Ryan When Martha P. Johnson, a trans woman of color, threw the first brick at what would become the Stonewall riot, she was attempting to shatter injustices perpetrated against the LGBTQIA+ community. Her legacy has given us Pride Month, yet there is still much work to be done to become a more just […]

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The value of diversity and inclusion in the legal profession

By Yoriko Hayes, Assistant General Counsel International Women’s Day was born out of a protest by New York garment workers demanding better pay and working conditions. More than a century later, we honor the legacy of these brave women by continuing to break down barriers – especially in the legal profession.  Did you know women […]

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Not Easily Forgotten

By Dr. Meneka Johnson Nicholson, Ph.D. Chief Operating Officer, Rural Health Medical Program, Inc. In the Black Belt of Alabama, you can easily find Southern charm wrapped up in historic heritage. However, if you look just a little closer you will find some of the not so beautiful parts, such as poverty, health disparities, food […]

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Where do we go from here?

By Teresa Hairston, Manager Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging (DIB) Carter G. Woodson, a noted historian, created Black History Week in 1926 to observe and celebrate the contributions made by people of African descent to the United States. The second week of February was initially set aside for this celebration because it coincided with the birthdays […]

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Finding hope in a challenging year

By Kenzie Ferguson Last January, my team and I spent several days mapping out our funding priorities for 2020. We had plans for big events, lofty aspirations for impact on specific oral health issues and optimism for the year ahead. Needless to say, the emergence of COVID-19 a short month and a half later and […]

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The importance of increasing diversity in the dental profession

By Kenzie Ferguson When I entered the dental profession as a Mobile Registered Dental Hygienist in Alternative Practice, I had no idea what obstacles I would face.  I had no idea about the needs for public health preventative dentistry. I had no idea of the disparities in dental healthcare. Life has been very different coming […]

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Help us fight food insecurity – and poor oral health – in your community

By Kenzie Ferguson For as long as the Delta Dental Community Care Foundation has existed – and even before its inception through Delta Dental’s corporate philanthropy – we have been dedicated to increasing access to oral health care for everyone. However, as the pandemic has pushed unprecedented numbers of families into food insecurity, we knew […]

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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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Pride is more than parties

By Kevin Ryan June is Pride Month, thirty days set aside to celebrate the LGBTQ community through connection and visibility. Events across the globe usually dot the calendar as cities, nations and people of all backgrounds and beliefs memorialize and herald those who fought, and still fight today, sacrificing so dearly for the cause of […]

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Defining racism as a social determinant of health

By Kenzie Ferguson Race is often one of the most reliable predictors of life expectancy. African Americans face poorer health outcomes across the board. African Americans are more economically disadvantaged with disproportionately high rates of asthma, diabetes, hypertension, cancer and obesity. According to research done by sociologist W.E.B. Du Bois, in 1899 infant mortality was […]

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