Fostering a Healthy and Equitable Community
for all in the Pajaro Valley
A smile has the power to light up a room, especially the smile of a young infant or child. Most importantly, behind that child’s smile is a strong indicator of good health. 
February is National Children’s Dental Health Month and the perfect time to highlight the importance of oral health. As you may know, not only is oral health important to key daily activities such as healthy eating, clear speech, self-confidence, and focus in school, but research suggests a strong link between tooth decay and other chronic illnesses including diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and Alzheimer’s. 
We are pleased to learn that a recent study by Oral Health Access Steering Committee has found that due to their continued efforts, the number of low-income 3 to 9 year-old children going to the dentist has increased from 39% in 2014 to 70% in 2018.  While the work to keep that number growing continues, Community Health Trust of Pajaro Valley maintains its dedication to focusing on early intervention and making sure every child and individual has access to the care they need.
The Kathleen A. King Oral Health Endowment of the Community Health Trust provides a lasting source of funding to address unmet needs for oral health education and care for all in the greater Pajaro Valley. Proceeds from the endowment support nonprofit organizations such as Dientes Community Dental Care and Salud Para La Gente to provide oral healthcare to all including uninsured individuals.
Donate to our Oral Health Endowment today. Help grow healthy smiles and pave the path to a lifetime of health and wellness. Easily donate online at pvhealthtrust.org/donate.
Your support today makes a world of difference now and for the future to come.
 
With gratitude,
DeAndre' James
Executive Director
Community Health Trust of Pajaro Valley
Sepideh Taghvaei, DDS                           
Co-Chair     
Oral Health Access Steering
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