January 13, 2015


Meghan Dougherty
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Denver, CO–Oral Health Colorado (OHCO) is adding critical expertise to its Board of Directors, welcoming Deidre Callanan, Director of Clinical Programs for the Colorado Association of School-Based Health Care and Susan Downs-Karkos, Director of Strategic Partnership for Welcoming America. Board member Kristy Schmidt will support the organization as Board Chair this year.

Callanan brings many years of experience promoting oral health in school-based initiatives, such as for the Head Start Association.  Downs-Karkos has a wealth of experience working with immigrant populations around health initiatives.

New Board Chair Kristy Schmidt joined the Board of OHCO in 2013 and is Director of Donor and Community Relations for Marillac Clinic in Grand Junction.  Marillac Clinic is a safety net clinic, sponsored by SCL Health System, that provides comprehensive health care and dental care services to low income, uninsured residents of Mesa County.

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