United Way of Ventura County is focused on increasing access to health care in the following ways:
Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease and unmet need of children in California. More than 50 percent of California’s kindergartners have a history of dental decay. Nearly 25 percent of California’s children, ages 0-11, have never been to a dentist. When children don’t get the care they need, there are costs to taxpayers and families – costs of emergency room visits for preventable dental problems and missed school days resulting in a loss of attendance-based school district funding.
Through the Building Healthy Smiles Initiative, UWVC and its partners work to eliminate dental disease in Ventura County through education, care coordination, and advocacy. Our goal is to eliminate untreated tooth decay for children in Ventura County by involving parents, working together, raising awareness, facilitating communication, serving as a clearinghouse, encouraging best and promising practices, developing resources, sharing data and advocating for policy changes.