Aspen to Parachute Dental Health Alliance gets $20,000 ACF grant | PostIndependent.com

Aspen to Parachute Dental Health Alliance gets $20,000 ACF grant

The Aspen to Parachute Dental Health Alliance (APDHA) was awarded a $20,000 grant from the Aspen Community Foundation.

“This grant will be used to expand the APDHA’s dental programs for children and seniors,” said APDHA Executive Director Cristina Gair. “We are honored to receive this grant from the Aspen Community Foundation, which shows local support for our organization’s vision to improve the overall oral health of individuals in our region.”

Aspen to Parachute Dental Health Alliance’s mission is to create a comprehensive dental system that promotes education, prevention and improved access for residents from Aspen to Parachute. The Aspen to Parachute Dental Health Alliance staff has expanded to two people: Cristina Gair, executive director, and Kelly Keeffe, regional oral health consultant.

The Dental Health Alliance works in collaboration with Garfield County Public Health to provide education, dental screenings, fluoride varnishes and dental sealants in the local schools. In addition, the APDHA works with the local senior centers to provide dental prevention and screenings. The Aspen to Parachute Dental Health Alliance continues to expand the number of dentists and hygienists providing the Cavity Free at Three (CF3) program, which encourages the establishment of a dental home by the age of one to help prevent tooth decay during early childhood.


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