November 30, 2014


Meghan Dougherty
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Denver, CO–Oral Health Colorado (OHCO) named seven Oral Health Champions for 2014 at its annual conference in November. These individuals were recognized as instrumental in improving oral health in Colorado.

Senators Larry Crowder (R-Alamosa) and Jeanne Nicholson (D-Black Hawk) and Representative Beth McCann (D-Denver) were recognized as Oral Health Legislative Champions for their leadership and support of bills to expand Medicaid to low-income adults, to add dental benefits for adults served by Medicaid, and to assure that all kids will have pediatric dental benefits with their health insurance plans, regardless of whether their families purchase health insurance inside or outside of the exchange.

Deidre Callanan (CASBHC), Molly Pereira (CDA) and Grace Linn were lauded as Oral Health Champions for their strong, long-standing commitment to improving oral health for all Coloradans.  Karen Cody Carlson, former OHCO Board Chair and Executive Director and leader of Smart Mouths Smart Kids was presented with OHCO’s Lifetime Achievement Award for her long-standing leadership in the establishing oral health as being integral to a person’s total well-being.

About Oral Health Colorado

The mission of Oral Health Colorado (OHCO) is to develop and promote strategies that achieve optimal oral health for all Coloradans. The organization educates oral health coalitions and the public across the state about oral health issues.  OHCO is helping to increase access to comprehensive oral health care for all Coloradans and works with both the public and private dental communities to assure that providers are available.  An advocacy and public policy focused organization, OHCO also develops and supports public policy initiatives resulting in improved oral health for all Coloradans. For more information, visit