imagine with kind
A Collaborative Conversation For Colorado Kids
Presented by Colorado Access
On May 18th, Kids in Need of Dentistry (KIND) hosted a community discussion on the field of public oral health. This event, Imagine with KIND, presented by Colorado Access, featured a panel of systems change advocates and direct service leaders to discuss the role of an organization, like KIND, in balancing the need for systems change and direct service. We asked them to help us answer:
What is an effective relationship between systems change work and direct service work? Can we do both?
KIND faces the same challenge as many direct service organizations – how to balance powerful systemic work with direct service efforts. Luckily, KIND’s trusted thought partners had some solutions.
The panelists came from wide ranging backgrounds in public health:
Patty Braun, MD, MPH – Denver Health/Rocky Mountain Network of Oral Health Project Director; Active member of American Academy of Pediatrics section on Oral Health
Alyssa Aberle, RDH – Executive Director of Colorado Dental Hygienist Association / RDH, Dental at Your Door; Former school-based oral health program director
Amisha Singh, DDS – DEI Manager, Anschutz School of Dentistry
Francoise Mbabazi – Founder of MySkin Global nonprofit; DEI Consultant, former Oral Health Colorado employee; Community organizing expert
Molly Markert – Senior Community Engagement Specialist, Colorado Access; Community-driven solutions expert
Theresa “Tracy” Anslemo, RDH – Director of Policy & Advocacy, Delta Dental Foundation of Colorado; Former CDPHE Dental Director; Former Executive Director of dental direct service non-profit
After an insightful conversation, we learned:
Systemic change in oral health cannot occur until we dismantle the current system entirely.
Access to oral health resources is tied up in a system that privileges white individuals for every other resource.