About Share the Care
The Dental Health Initiative/Share the Care (STC) is a contracted program of the County of San Diego Health and Human Services. Share the Care was established in 1994 as a public-private partnership between the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency, the San Diego County Dental and Dental Hygienists’ Societies, and the San Diego County Oral Health Coalition. Despite changes in the specific scope of work throughout the years, STC has continued to provide oral health prevention and resources to communities most in need of these services.
Share the Care Services
Education & Policy Integration
- Youth homeless organizations
- Home visiting service organizations
- Oral Health for Refugees: Train-the-Trainer Program
- Annual Give Kids A Smile fluoride varnish and sealant event for youth ages 0-18
- San Diego County Oral Health Advisory Board
Share the Care services are provided by Registered Dental Hygienists and offered in:
- English and Spanish
- Virtual or in-person
- Individual or in a group
Oral health resources can be found under Oral Health at http://ucsdcommunityhealth.org/resources
The Share the Care Team
Ramon Hernandez, DrPH, MPH, Principal Investigator
Nancy Graff, MD, Medical Education Lead
Jamie Moody, MS, Program Manager, [email protected]
Joan Vrielink-Capito, BS, RDH, Community Dental Educator, [email protected]
Elizabeth Mendoza, RDH, Community Dental Educator, [email protected]
Reem Zubaidi, MPP, Cultural Competency Coordinator, [email protected]
Luz Miles, Project and Data Coordinator, [email protected]
It is safe and recommended for pregnant women to visit the dentist.
Tooth decay is the leading health problem for children under age 3.
Dental disease is the #1 chronic disease in children.
Lack of good teeth and mouth care can lead to pain and infection that can spread throughout the body.