Dora Sandoval, EPDH, CDHC
Community Dental Health Coordinator
Dora Sandoval, EPDH, CDHC , is the first and only certified Community Dental Health Coordinator (CDHC) in Oregon! Dora has worked in public health for more than 14 years and as a dental hygienist for 17 years. She is also a part-time clinical instructor at the Chemeketa/OIT Dental Hygiene School.
A collaboration between the Washington County Access to Care Committee (who prioritized oral health as a critical component of their strategy for 2019), Washington County, and OrOHC , the Dental Access Coordinator role is being piloted with Pacific University Dental Outreach Van and the Providence Promotores Program. This pilot program is being supported by generous community donors, currently being finalized, who will be acknowledged in our next update!
Within that new role, Dora is working to close the loop on referrals for hygiene patients, and she will be developing and enhancing a community dental services database for donated care. Data collected and lessons learned will help inform our communities about how to best meet community needs through the CDHC role.