Arcora Foundation: new name, continued focus on improving oral health for everyone

Washington Dental Service Foundation – one of the largest nonprofit organizations dedicated to improving oral health in Washington state – is changing its name to Arcora Foundation.

The name change reflects the nonprofit organization’s commitment to improving health and health equity for people of all ages through better oral health.

“Arcora is a combination of ‘arc’ and ‘oral’, representing how we are changing the arc of oral health toward equity,” said Arcora Foundation President and CEO Diane Oakes. “We are committed to a future where oral disease is greatly reduced through prevention, everyone can access oral health care, and oral health is integrated into whole-person care.”

“The Foundation will continue to partner with communities to create significant and lasting change that eliminates health disparities and enables everyone to benefit from good oral health and better overall health,” Oakes added.

Arcora Foundation is a nonprofit founded and funded by nonprofit Delta Dental of Washington, the state’s largest dental benefits company. Created in 1985 by Washington Dental Service (now Delta Dental of Washington), the Foundation initially focused on delivering care to underserved communities through the SmileMobile and providing grants to community organizations to support oral health programs for lower-income families.

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