Delta Dental of Colorado 2015 Annual Report

Smile Power is:

Letter from the Chairman and CEO

What is Smile Power™?

In 2015, Delta Dental ran its first-ever national ad campaign, which was anchored by the tagline, “Smile Power.” But what does that mean? For us, it's more than just an oft-repeated tagline or an empty slogan; it's something we work to achieve for our members every day.

Smile Power takes many forms, but ultimately, a smile has the power to change a life. That's why we continue to pursue our nonprofit mission of improving the oral health of the communities we serve. For more than 58 years, we have delivered high-quality, cost-effective, prevention-focused dental plans to improve the oral health of our more than 1.2 million members as well as underserved populations.

Smile Power is the ability of a child to learn at school and play with his friends because he is not burdened by the pain of tooth decay.

  • In 2015, we provided coverage to approximately 50,000 children through the Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+). We focused our efforts over the past year on increasing awareness of the dental benefit for these children, and we saw a marked increase in utilization of the preventive benefit, setting these children up for a future of healthy smiles!

Smile Power is connecting with other people and creating a sense of community and common purpose.

  • In 2015, we continued our work with the organizations and people in our community who are also helping to improve the oral health of our citizens. Through our continued work with and support of the CU Heroes Clinic, our ongoing oral health theater program for schools, and our innovative medical-dental integration program, we demonstrated our commitment to good oral health for all Coloradans.

Smile Power is what sets you apart from the crowd.

  • Delta Dental of Colorado is the only insurance company in the state focused solely on dental benefits. It's what we've done for the past 58 years, and it's what we'll continue to do to ensure that our subscribers get the best dental care and know the facts about the connection between oral health and overall health so they can live their lives to the fullest.

We are committed to providing wider access to dental care, more affordable coverage, innovation in plan design and integration with wellness, and, ultimately, healthier smiles for all Coloradans. We will continue to do it through our many educational and clinical programs and through innovative, comprehensive product design and even larger provider networks.

We look forward to continuing to help all Coloradans tap into their Smile Power — today and well into the future.

Sincerely,

Marilyn E. Taylor
Chairman, Delta Dental of Colorado Board of Trustees

Kathryn A. Paul
President and CEO, Delta Dental of Colorado

New Look, Same Mission

We've Always Been About Smile Power™

Delta Dental of Colorado has always been about Smile Power. Now, we have a fresh new look that reflects how excited we are to continue sharing that Smile Power message through our national ad campaign, new website, and continued involvement in oral health programs in our community.

So while we may look a little different, the mission is the same as it has been since we went into business in Colorado in 1958. In short, it's four main ideas that we have built our company around:

  • Dental leadership
  • Commitment to a better Colorado
  • A network above the rest
  • Service done right

Dental Leadership

Unlike most carriers, we focus on just one thing — dental insurance. That means that dental comes first; it's not secondary to medical benefits. We have a new vice president of professional services who is a former practicing dentist. She will be leading our innovative provider network initiatives in the years ahead. In addition to Dr. Lerner, there are people at every level of the organization whose job it is to know everything about dental benefits.

Commitment to a Better Colorado

We are a nonprofit on a mission to improve the oral health of the communities we serve. We invest a significant portion of what we earn back into the community. We partner with state agencies and other local nonprofits to improve the oral health of all Coloradans.

A Network Above the Rest

As part of a national association, we adhere to the strictest accuracy standards for our provider networks. That means that when members select a dentist in our network, they will be able to see that dentist. And with nearly 3,300 providers, that's a lot of choice and a lot of savings. 92% of all dentists in Colorado are a part of our Delta Dental PPOSM and Premier® networks.

Service Done Right

It's important to our customers that we keep our operations local. We do that by housing our entire organization — from the call center to sales support — within our Denver Tech Center office. We're here to provide the service you expect when you need it.

Smile Power is . . . giving people and businesses the tools they need to make the most out of their dental benefits.

Helping Keep Small Businesses and Their Employees Smiling

Delta Dental of Colorado is creating a dialogue about the importance of oral health and its connection to overall health among small businesses, brokers, policymakers, and the economic development community.

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Helping to Improve Dental Literacy

The more people know about their benefits and how they work, the more they will understand the importance of oral health care.

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Dental Benefits . . . at Your Fingertips and on the Go!

In 2015, we redesigned our mobile app, so that it's now even easier for members to find a provider, review claims and coverage details, and view or share ID cards right on their mobile devices.

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Smile Power is . . . expanding access to dental care so everyone has the chance to have a healthy smile.

Increasing Awareness of the Child Health Plan Plus Dental Benefit

In 2015, we launched an outreach project focusing on Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) members.

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Bringing Smile Power™ to Underserved Populations

Our first location at Kaiser Permanente is a new, integrated approach to caring for the community's oral health.

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Reaching CHP+ Parents Through Text Messaging

We sent nearly 40,000 text messages in English and Spanish to approximately 18,000 CHP+ parents over a three-month period.

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Smile Power is . . . highlighting the connection between oral and overall health.

Disseminating Oral Health Information through Social Media

We helped improve oral health by sharing oral health messages and receiving an average of 6.55 engagements on each oral health message.

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Smile Power™ in the Spotlight

When do kids laugh, learn, and rush forward to floss a giant tooth? It's when Land of Smiles, a live, 30-minute play sponsored by Delta Dental of Colorado, comes to school.

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Easy Communications Tool for Employers

This employer communications toolkit (PDF) takes a paper-free approach by providing articles that that employers can use in newsletters or internal blogs, flyers and infographics that they can post on company intranet sites, and videos that they can use to help employees understand their dental benefits better.

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Smile Power is . . . advocating for children's oral health in underserved communities.

Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation

Established and funded by Delta Dental of Colorado, the Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation improves Colorado's dental health by working to eradicate childhood tooth decay.

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Pioneering Medical-Dental Integration

In January, eight Phase I grantees began activities to integrate a dental hygienist within medical clinics to provide preventive dental care, prioritizing the underserved.

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The Multi-dimensional Approach to Public Will Building

In 2015, the Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation invested $1.8 million to expand our efforts to build public awareness of and support for child oral health in Colorado. It reached beyond behavior change to include community organizing, coalition building, and policy change.

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Smile Power is . . . being involved in our community.

Improving the Oral Health of all Coloradans through Community Outreach

Instead of worrying about our bottom line, we're focused on serving the community. It's what sets us apart from other carriers.

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iGive Allows Employees to Give Where Their Hearts Are

Through iGive, we gave each full-time employee $1,000 and each temporary employee $700 to donate to the charity of their choice.

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Smile Power is . . . ensuring that we provide an extensive network of dentists to deliver quality care.

Helping Providers Elevate Their Practices . . . So Their Patients Can Tap Into Their Smile Power™

Delta Dental of Colorado began offering the tool for free to general dentists, pediatric dentists, and periodontists in our network

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By The Numbers

In 2015, we paid more than $300 million in total claims, a new record. The numbers really do tell a story about the work we are doing to educate people about the importance of oral health and how to use their benefits and the growing awareness by our subscribers that a healthy smile really does translate into better overall well-being.

$312,158,000

Total benefits paid for services to members

2,200,000

Claims serviced

5,900,000

Procedure codes processed

370,983

Calls received by customer service

For every dollar we earned in premiums:

to dental claims payments

to administrative costs
(including broker commissions)

to community benefit
programs and grants

to company reserves

673,745

Subscribers

1,212,207

Member/enrollees

5,500+

Active groups

Retention

Subscriber Satisfaction

3,267

Premier providers

2,241

PPO providers

of employers choosing PPO plans

of members choosing PPO providers

Financial Results

Balance Sheet

Years Ended December 31 (in thousands)

Assets 2015 2014
Cash and investments $94,262 $89,106
Accounts receivable 20,072 18,054
Property and equipment, net and other assets 5,645 5,849
Total Assets $119,979 $113,009
Liabilities    
Unpaid claims and claim adjustment expenses $15,792 $14,257
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities 14,536 14,212
Payable to DDCO Foundation 6,407 3,400
Payable to SpringRock 750 0
Total Liabilities $37,485 $31,869
Reserves    
Company reserves, restricted $168 $218
Company reserves, unrestricted 82,326 80,922
Total Reserves $82,494 $81,140
Total Liabilities & Reserves $119,979 $113,009

Statement of Operations & Changes in Reserves

Years Ended December 31 (in thousands)

Premium revenues $358,001 $329,322
Net investment income <698> 3,405
Total Revenue 357,303 332,727
Benefits for services to members and operating expenses 345,259 323,880
Grants and community benefit expenditures 10,690 5,502
Net Gain 1,354 3,345
Reserves at beginning of year 81,140 77,795
Reserves at End of Year $82,494 $81,140

Delta Dental of Colorado Board of Trustees

As of December 31, 2015

Top, Left to Right

Victor Lazzaro Jr.
Managing Partner, Volante Capital Advisors, LLC
Hassan Salem
President, U.S. Bank – Colorado, and Regional President, U.S. Commercial Banking – CO, NV, UT, AZ
Walt Vogl, DDS
General Dentist
Jonathon Anderson, DDS
General Dentist
Thomas Swain, DDS
General Dentist
Donald Safer, DDS, MS
Retired Endodontist
Douglas B. Berkey, DMD, MPH, MS
Professor Emeritus, University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine
Mark Wehrle, CPA (Retired)
Retired Partner, Deloitte & Touche
John P. Hopkins
Retired Chief Executive Officer, Rocky Mountain Health Plans
Denise Kassebaum, DDS, MS
Dean, University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine
Kelly J. Brough
President/CEO, Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce
Marilyn Taylor*
Retired Vice President for Human Resources, Xcel Energy
Kathryn A. Paul
President and CEO, Delta Dental of Colorado
Gail Schoettler, PhD
Former U.S. Ambassador, Colorado Lieutenant Governor, and State Treasurer
Mary Noonan
Retired Insurance Industry Executive

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* Chairman, Delta Dental of Colorado Board of Trustees

Delta Dental of Colorado Senior Leadership Team

As of December 31, 2015

Top, Left to Right

David Beal
Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Barbara Springer
General Counsel/Vice President/Foundation Executive Director
Greg Vochis
Controller
Jean Lawhead
Vice President, Sales & Marketing
Kathryn A. Paul
President and Chief Executive Officer
Linda Arneson
Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Bottom, Left to Right

Our Employees are the Champions of Colorado's Smiles

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Helping Keep Small Businesses and Their Employees Smiling

Small businesses are integral to the economic success of our state. And a comprehensive benefits package is key to successfully attracting the best workforce so that these small businesses can remain competitive. Through our second-annual Colorado Small Business Health Benefits Survey, Delta Dental of Colorado is creating a dialogue about the importance of oral health and its connection to overall health among small businesses, brokers, policymakers, and the economic development community. This also helps us understand the challenges that small businesses face and how we can design dental plans that fit the needs of today's small companies.

Small business owners report they continue to grapple with increasing costs, greater regulations, and uncertainties. Despite these challenges, nine in 10 Colorado small business employers who offer employee health plans remain as committed to providing health benefits as they were before the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

Nearly eight in 10 small businesses offer dental benefits, and 94 percent of businesses with 50 to 100 employees do so. Of those, 96 percent report they are "very" or "extremely" likely to continue to offer it. More than three-fourths of employers consider dental benefits "extremely" or "very" important to their overall benefits mix, up slightly from 2014.

For more detailed findings, please see the complete Second Annual Colorado Small Business Health Benefits Survey.

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Helping to Improve Dental Literacy

In early November, Delta Dental of Colorado and Kaiser Permanente placed dental literacy posters in all Colorado Kaiser Permanente medical office buildings. The posters highlight the importance of getting regular preventive dental care and how oral health is strongly connected to their overall health. The attached rack cards urge Kaiser Permanente members to "make dental care a priority."

The goal of this pilot program is to help more people understand the connection and start to utilize their dental benefits. Many Kaiser Permanente medical plans have an embedded pediatric dental benefit, and their small group plans have an optional adult-only benefit, both offered by Delta Dental of Colorado.

We will continue to build on this program by adding dental and basic insurance literacy print and possibly video messages in other medical buildings, dental buildings, and community health centers across the state. The more people know about their benefits and how they work, the more they will understand the importance of oral health care.

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Dental Benefits . . . at Your Fingertips and on the Go!

Oral health is important to Delta Dental . . . and to overall health. So we are constantly working to make it easy for our members to make the most of their dental benefits and maximize their health . . . anytime, anywhere. In 2015, we redesigned our mobile app, so that it's now even easier for members to find a provider, review claims and coverage details, and view or share ID cards right on their mobile devices.

Our 2015 release also features a Dental Cost Estimator. This easy-to-use tool provides estimated cost ranges for common dental care needs for providers in different geographic areas. Members can see what providers charge both in and out of network for the most common dental treatments. All in-network cost estimates are based on aggregated data and do not reflect the specific amounts that may be charged by a particular dentist. Out-of-network cost estimates are based on submitted, non-discounted fees that dentists have billed Delta Dental subscribers.

We like to think of it as a little Smile Power™ right in your pocket!

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Increasing Awareness of the Child Health Plan Plus Dental Benefit

To help further our mission of improving the oral health of the communities we serve, Delta Dental of Colorado is committed to increasing utilization of dental care among our members. In 2015, we launched an outreach project focusing on Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) members. CHP+ is public low-cost health insurance for certain children and pregnant women. It is for people who earn too much to qualify for Medicaid, but not enough to pay for private health insurance.

The goal of this project is to increase utilization by 2% annually, especially for preventive visits and sealants, by focusing on educating families about their CHP+ dental benefits and how to use them. Our multi-layered approach included:

  • Mailing 23,000 postcards in October 2015 to CHP+ families who had not used their dental benefit. The focus was to schedule a visit and encourage them to ask their dentist about sealants.
  • Launching the ToothTexts! text messaging campaign in November 2015 to CHP+ members, reaching more than 17,500 members. Monthly texts provide messages on topics such as the importance of taking your child to the dentist and how to use dental benefits.
  • Meeting with more than 25 stakeholder organizations to identify ways to partner on outreach activities to the families that they work with. Through these efforts, we disseminated more than 1,000 flyers to community-based organizations to promote their CHP+ dental benefits to the families they work with.

Delta Dental of Colorado believes that every child should have the chance to use their Smile Power™, and through the CHP+ program, we are trying to ensure that they will.

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Bringing Smile Power™ to Underserved Populations

SpringRock Dental is a new dental delivery model from Delta Dental of Colorado committed to ensuring that all people, especially those who are underserved, have access to oral health services. Our first location at Kaiser Permanente is a new, integrated approach to caring for the community's oral health at the Kaiser Permanente Aurora Centrepoint Medical Office Building. This is a team of caring, compassionate people that values the power of a healthy smile — it not only increases self-confidence but impacts the overall health of our patients.

We believe that collaborative, family-centered care focused on prevention and early intervention, with an additional emphasis on health promotion and oral health education, is critical to changing the traditional landscape of dentistry. We are committed to engaging the entire community population and building community-based interventions focused on oral health awareness, outreach, and education.


Behind each smile, there is a story. We understand that each of our patients has a unique story, and through compassionate family-centered care, we will create confident, healthy smiles that articulate the richness of their stories. We know that trust is at the center of building healthy smiles, and we are dedicated to forging patient and community relationships in a safe space that encourages ongoing trust and engagement.

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Reaching CHP+ Parents Through Text Messaging

Delta Dental of Colorado’s mission is to improve the oral health of the communities we serve. And to continue to reinforce the importance of oral health, we have to find innovative ways to reach our members.

Delta Dental of Colorado has been providing dental benefits for the Child Health Plan Plus program for the past 14 years. Unfortunately, many parents are unaware of the dental coverage and many benefits go unused. In 2013, 91% of kids with CHP+ or Medicaid visited a doctor, but only 40% visited a dentist. So this year, we started a pilot text-messaging program with the parents of our CHP+ subscribers to reinforce the importance of using their child’s dental benefits and providing them with direct links to the CHP+ webpage on deltadentalco.com. In all, we sent nearly 40,000 text messages in English and Spanish to approximately 18,000 CHP+ parents over a three-month period. The mix of traditional outreach and text messaging contributed to a significant increase in utilization of preventive care. We know dental insurance is not top of mind, but with occasional reminders sent to smartphones, people can look up information and make appointments right on the spot and better utilize their benefits.

We are looking to expand the program to other members in the year ahead.

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Disseminating Oral Health Information through Social Media

2015 was a great year for the social media collaborative, run out of Delta Dental of Colorado. Our messages reached 6.5 million people and received 21.2 million impressions. We have a total of 243,000 followers on our social media channels. Our blogs had a total of 137,976 visits. Social media created 1,248 leads for individual product sales and answered 1,414 customer service inquiries. We helped improve oral health by sharing oral health messages and receiving an average of 6.55 engagements on each oral health message.

The 2015 Social Media Collaborative consisted of 15 Member Companies: Delta Dental of Arizona, Delta Dental of Arkansas, Delta Dental of Colorado, Delta Dental of Idaho, Delta Dental of Iowa, Delta Dental of Illinois, Delta Dental of Missouri, Delta Dental of New Jersey, Delta Dental of South Carolina, Delta Dental of South Dakota, Delta Dental of Virginia, Delta Dental of Washington, Delta Dental of Wisconsin, Delta Dental of Wyoming, and Hawaii Dental Service.

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Smile Power™ in the Spotlight

When do kids laugh, learn, and rush forward to floss a giant tooth? It's when Land of Smiles, a live, 30-minute play sponsored by Delta Dental of Colorado, comes to school. In the 2014–2015 school year, Land of Smiles reached 21,000 students in 86 schools. The cast visited 17 school districts in 9 Front Range counties.

The play features The Tooth Wizard and his antagonist, Plaque Man. These archenemies teach the value and practice of brushing, flossing, and maintaining good oral health. The Tooth Wizard shows children how to get rid of icky, sticky, slimy, grimy, green gunk — plaque — that destroys teeth and causes cavities.

The program meets Colorado state standards requirements for:

  • Physical and personal wellness in health
  • Drama and theater arts
  • 21st-century skills and readiness competencies

After the show, students receive a smile bag with a toothbrush, toothpaste, and an illustrated Tooth Tale in English and Spanish. Each participating school receives:

  • A kit with a large toothbrush and tooth model to show how to brush properly.
  • Age-appropriate picture books with dental stories.
  • A curriculum guide with ideas on how to present oral health information to a young audience.
  • Work sheets to help children learn oral health concepts.

You're never too young to understand the power of your smile!

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Easy Communications Tool for Employers

Delta Dental of Colorado knows how difficult it can be for an employer to get its employees to use their benefits — especially dental benefits — wisely. People are so busy that they often put off going to the dentist for preventive visits and only go when they have pain. But preventive care can keep workers healthy and productive and a company's dental claims costs lower. So in 2015, we created a toolkit to help businesses educate and encourage their employees to use their preventive dental benefits — for themselves and their dependents.

This employer communications toolkit (PDF) takes a paper-free approach by providing articles that that employers can use in newsletters or internal blogs, flyers and infographics that they can post on company intranet sites, and videos that they can use to help employees understand their dental benefits better. Because this is an interactive document on our website, an employer or HR director can just click on the piece that they would like to use and download the article, flyer, infographic, or video.

Helping keep employees healthy and productive is one way we're trying to help employers keep their Smile Power™ strong! And in 2016, we will be introducing a comprehensive oral health wellness plan to give employers even more tools to keep their companies healthy.

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Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation

Nearly half of Colorado's 1.2 million children have experienced cavities by the time they start kindergarten. Tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood disease — but it's mostly preventable. Established and funded by Delta Dental of Colorado, the Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation improves Colorado's dental health by working to eradicate childhood tooth decay. We approach this by:

  • Expanding access to care for underserved populations.
  • Funding educational programs that reach and empower low-income, high-risk families, and communities.
  • Supporting dental health education for medical and dental students (and providers).
  • Teaching good dental habits and prevention for pregnant women and children.
  • Promoting policy change that supports the importance of oral health.

Over the last 12 years, our foundation has grown tremendously and has put more then $15 million into the Colorado community, all aimed at preventing cavities in our children. Today, our foundation is involved in innovative and groundbreaking work, which has garnered lots of attention both in Colorado and nationally. We were honored on National Philanthropy Day as the Outstanding Foundation.

Last year, we initiated an oral health mini-grant project and awarded 11 projects working to improve children's oral health in local Colorado communities. Total award funding was $100,962.49 with grants ranging from $1,000 to $15,000 per grant.

Also last year, working in partnership with Washington Dental Service Foundation, the National Network for Oral Health Access, and 10 health centers, we released the Dental Dashboard. This set of 15 quality dental measures was presented to more than 250 health center attendees at NNOHA's national conference.

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Pioneering Medical-Dental Integration

In 2015, the Colorado Medical-Dental Integration Project (CO MDI) made significant progress. In January, eight Phase I grantees began activities to integrate a dental hygienist within medical clinics to provide preventive dental care, prioritizing the underserved. The remaining grantees began implementing project activities in fall 2015.

There was movement toward the goal of increasing access to oral health care. By the end of the year, ten of the 16 funded organizations had provided 5,959 patient visits. Dental hygienists established collaborative relationships with community dentists, making more than 1,900 referrals to dentists for restorative care.

Grantees received extensive technical assistance and coaching from the CO MDI project team. They also took part in a group learning network to share their experiences with one another.

The University of Colorado's Adult and Child Consortium for Health Outcomes Research and Delivery Science (ACCORDS) will be evaluating CO MDI over multiple years. They will examine the impact on practice, provider and parent behaviors, and child oral health outcomes. The project team is also examining the financial sustainability of the various models. The CO MDI vision is to create sustainable, replicable medical-dental integration models.

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The Multi-dimensional Approach to Public Will Building

Childhood tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood disease . . . and it’s like kryptonite to kids’ Smile Power™. That’s why the Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation has made eradicating childhood tooth decay their mission. In 2015, the Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation invested $1.8 million to expand our efforts to build public awareness of and support for child oral health in Colorado. It reached beyond behavior change to include community organizing, coalition building, and policy change.

The good news is that we’ve seen positive changes in awareness and behaviors about the importance of baby teeth, limiting juice, and serving tap water to kids. Cavities Get Around, our bi-lingual advertising campaign, continued and expanded into TV, radio, digital, and even billboard ads. The work garnered 44 million impressions that reached low-income families. Strong news coverage reached decision- and policy-makers as well. These tools helped us achieve behavior change results from a statewide survey and project evaluations.

We were also able to do direct outreach in local communities through our campaign partners. This work reached people disproportionately affected by early childhood tooth decay. The impact of their work coordinated with other foundation projects as well as some from Delta Dental of Colorado.

The foundation also formalized its stance on sugary drinks. There are new rules prohibiting licensed child-care centers from serving children sugar-sweetened beverages. We also joined the Healthy Eating Active Living Network. As part of that group, we helped form a subcommittee focused on statewide policies to reduce sugary drink consumption.

Mid-way through the year, the foundation embraced a leadership role in support of community water fluoridation. Denver Water upheld its 60-year-old fluoridation policy. Their decision was a win for the 1.3 million city residents. This tool to prevent tooth decay directly helps those who lack access to dental services. Our interest in supporting fluoridation across the state will grow in 2016.

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Improving the Oral Health of all Coloradans through Community Outreach

We're different than most insurance companies. We're a nonprofit organization. Instead of worrying about our bottom line, we're focused on serving the community. It's what sets us apart from other carriers. It's also one of the keys to our success as a statewide oral health leader.

When investing time and dollars in statewide activities, our community benefit team uses a systematic approach. The goal is to promote the mission of Delta Dental of Colorado. Our efforts help provide a purpose in local communities by:

  • Seeking opportunities to educate Coloradans about the importance of oral health.
  • Bringing benefit to local communities, particularly in the oral health arena.
  • Strengthening employee engagement through volunteerism.
  • Maintaining Delta Dental of Colorado's nonprofit status.

Our community benefit team partners with different organizations and sponsors events throughout the state. We encourage our employees themselves to volunteer at these events to make a difference in people's lives — that helps everyone tap into their Smile Power™.

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iGive Allows Employees to Give Where Their Hearts Are

In 2015, the Denver Dumb Friends League was one of 68 Colorado-based nonprofits supported by 146 Delta Dental of Colorado employees. Through iGive, we gave each full-time employee $1,000 and each temporary employee $700 to donate to the charity of their choice.

2015 is the third year Delta Dental of Colorado employees have participated in iGive. Over those three years — 2008, 2011, and 2015 — Delta Dental of Colorado donated more than $389,900 to area nonprofits. Some employees chose to pool their money to make an even greater impact on their charities. The top five iGive contributions to Colorado charities in 2015 included:

  • $17,500 to the Denver Dumb Friends League, Denver's largest nonprofit animal welfare organization.
  • $14,700 to Florence Crittenton Services, which supports Metro Denver teen mothers.
  • $10,700 to Children First of the Rockies, a parenting-education program.
  • $9,400 to Families Forward Resource Center, a family-strengthening services provider in Denver.
  • $8,000 to SafeHouse Denver, a domestic violence shelter, counseling, and education provider.
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Helping Providers Elevate Their Practices . . . So Their Patients Can Tap Into Their Smile Power™

In 2015, Delta Dental of Colorado rolled out an innovative practice productivity tool called WhiteCloud™ Dentalytics™. This dynamic Web-based tool can help providers track the preventive care of their patients (based on the Dental Quality Alliance of the American Dental Association's metrics). Delta Dental of Colorado began offering the tool for free to general dentists, pediatric dentists, and periodontists in our network to help them identify and proactively reach out to patients who can benefit from timely ADA-recommended preventive treatment.

As of December 31, 2015, we had 135 dentists participating and we hope to get more signing up in the year ahead.