Updates for Safety Net Partners

The Oral Health Access Strategic Plan In May, Laura Marcus, Executive Director of Dientes Community Dental Care, came to HIPC to detail the Oral Health Access Strategic Plan. In 2016, Dientes commissioned the first-ever county wide Oral Health Needs Assessment. While Medi-Cal expansion led to increased insurance, only a fraction of those insured visited the dentist. On behalf of the Oral Health Steering Committee, Laura Marcus presented a series of recommendations to address inadequate dental care access in Santa Cruz County. The first recommendation, the “First Tooth, First Birthday” educational campaign, will encourage parents to take their children to the dentist as early as the appearanc

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