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CDHP to Move Resources to Community Catalyst in December

The Children’s Dental Health Project (CDHP), a DC-based think tank established in 1997 to secure dental coverage for all children, announced that it will transition its extensive online public health policy and advocacy research and analysis to Community Catalyst, a leading national consumer voice on health care.

The Children’s Dental Health Project (CDHP), a DC-based think tank established in 1997 to secure dental coverage for all children, announced that it will transition its extensive online public health policy and advocacy research and analysis to Community Catalyst, a leading national consumer voice on health care. With this move to its longstanding organizational partner, CDHP will terminate its operations as an independent non-profit at year end while ensuring an ongoing commitment to transforming the oral health system to better serve all children and adults.

 “After reviewing our founding mission, our achievements, and consulting with long-time supporters, the CDHP board and I determined it was time to shift from being a niche policy shop to bolstering oral health efforts within a broader health policy agenda,” said Meg Booth, MPH, CDHP executive director. “We are thrilled our legacy will strengthen the next generation of oral health policy and advocacy at Community Catalyst. A trusted ally, they share our belief that no family should be held back from its dreams due to dental disease.”

Throughout its two-decade history, the CDHP successfully engaged myriad state and federal organizations and decision-makers to expand children’s oral health coverage in both public and private insurance. In recent years, CDHP expanded its focus to meeting the dental needs of parents and caregivers, particularly for people who are pregnant and eligible for Medicaid. It has made significant in-roads on the issue. 

 Looking toward the next phase of oral health advocacy, Meg Booth reiterates the importance of integrating oral health in other policy fights to help families reach their goals.

 “Addressing the oral health of a whole family includes, but must go beyond, the dental care system,” said Booth. “We look forward to shifting CDHP’s work to Community Catalyst so our partners can continue building on our success. At the same time, we encourage other groups to pick up where we left off, creating the systemic changes needed to help all families achieve good oral health and economic stability.”

For further information and updates, visit www.cdhp.org.

 

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