Dentists for the Disabled and Elderly in Need of Treatment

aka D-DENT   |   Oklahoma City, OK   |  www.d-dentok.org

Mission

The mission of D-DENT is to help improve the oral health of Oklahomans in need by providing oral health care education and comprehensive dental care, free of charge, through a network of volunteer dental professionals statewide.

Ruling year info

1988

Executive Director

Shirley Harris

Main address

3000 United Founders Blvd. Suite 116

Oklahoma City, OK 73112 USA

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EIN

73-1325324

NTEE code info

Public Health Program (E70)

Ambulatory Health Center, Community Clinic (E32)

Community Health Systems (E21)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Systematic barriers to care faced by low-income, elderly, and IDD populations lead to a situation where oral health needs remain unaddressed until individuals are in extreme situations -acute pain, tooth loss, advanced oral cancer, etc. (Soderlund, 2013). Few options exist for low-income, uninsured Oklahomans. These options include paying out of pocket for their dental visits. D-DENT often serves as the last safety net to government agencies, local communities, and desperate individuals seeking comprehensive dental care. D-DENT works to improve the quality of life for eligible low-income uninsured Oklahomans by providing FREE COMPREHENSIVE dental care in private dental clinics. D-DENT allows these these patients to receive care through multiple visits and procedures until FULL MOUTH restoration is achieved. Our volunteers provide care for those who truly have nowhere else to turn.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Comprehensive Restorative Dental Care

The Restorative Dental Care program matches volunteer dentists throughout the state with eligible clients. The dentists restore the oral health of each client in the comfort of their private clinics, free of charge.  To apply for this program you must submit an application, providing proof of income and eligibility. If eligible, applicants will be placed on a waiting list to be seen by a volunteer dentist. To qualify to receive free comprehensive dental care through D-DENT, you must be: Low-Income, uninsured and Elderly (60 and older)OR Low-Income, uninsured and Developmentally Disabled (Developmental disability is a term used to describe lifelong disabilities attributable to mental or physical impairments, manifested prior to age 22, such as Mental Retardation, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Spinal Bifida.)OR Low-Income, uninsured, honorably discharged Veteran (with no dental care offered through the V.A.)Applications to receive free comprehensive dental care are available by calling our office at 405-424-8092.

Population(s) Served
Seniors
People with disabilities
Veterans

The goals of outreach are to affect knowledge and behaviors in order to increase understanding of importance of oral health as it relates to overall health by providing education to increase awareness of oral cancer; to provide information regarding controllable risk factors of oral cancer; to reduce barriers to care by providing on-site oral cancer screenings to low-income, uninsured populations. Through this program, a Registered Dental Hygienist provides free oral health care education in central Oklahoma to participants and caretakers in many settings such as group homes, senior nutrition centers, living centers, adult daycares, senior centers. Among the topics are:Impact of poor oral health.Impact of nutrition on oral health.Impact of medication on oral health.One-on-one brushing techniques.Oral Cancer Awareness education.Oral Cancer screenings free of charge to all participants. To inquire how to receive free oral health care education please call our office at 405-424-8092.

Population(s) Served
Seniors
Economically disadvantaged people
People with disabilities

Where we work

Accreditations

Non-Profit management Certification 2015

Awards

Champions of Health: Champions of the Uninsured 2011

Blue Cross Blue Shield Champions of Health

Special Award 2011

Mayor’s Committee on Disability Concerns

ONE Award 2012

The Oklahoma Nonprofit Excellence Award

Finalist 2014

Journal Record Programs Making a Difference

Champions of Community Health 2015

Blue Cross Blue Shield Champions of Health

Finalist 2015

Journal Record Programs that Make a Difference

Finalist 2016

Journal Record Programs that Make a Difference

Festival of Hope Award for Health 2016

Helpline 211

Challenge Coin Award 2018

Delta Dental of Oklahoma Oral Health Foundation

Rodney L. Huey Memorial Award. This award is a top honor for the Restorative Dental Care Program 2019

Blue Cross Blue Shield Champions of Health

Affiliations & memberships

United Way of Central Oklahoma member agency 1988

Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits, Standards of Excellence Program Graduate 2009

Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits, Standards of Excellence Program Graduate 2014

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of new patients who began the process of full mouth restoration.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Seniors, People with intellectual disabilities, People with other disabilities, Economically disadvantaged people, Veterans

Related Program

Comprehensive Restorative Dental Care

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2019 Pandemic shut down dental clinics for a period of three months. Volunteers provided episodic acute care for those in need. 2020 COVID-19 restrictions. 2021 Continuation of care with restrictions

Number of volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Seniors, People with intellectual disabilities, People with other disabilities, Low-income people, Veterans

Related Program

Comprehensive Restorative Dental Care

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Includes number of Dentists, Specialists (Endodontists, Oral Surgeons, Prosthodontists), Registered Dental Hygienists, Dental Assistants, and general volunteers.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

D-DENT Strategic Plan 2019-2022
On October 26, 2018 D-DENT staff and board members met with a strategic planning consultant to review and revise D-DENT’s strategic plan. The growth of the organization’s financial resources and the increasing need for services in a volatile economy were key aspects of the discussion. While the need to maintain the institution’s sound financial footing is essential, it is also essential that donor resources be used to effectively to serve Oklahoma’s most vulnerable clients. Another item of discussion was the growing need for, and desire to provide, services for veterans.
While many organizations are currently in survival mode, D-DENT’s staff and board have made a series of sound financial and programmatic decisions which have allowed them to focus their attention on strategic issues. All present agreed that D-DENT’s future is sound and the organization is positioned for growth. Of course, time and attention must always be paid to operational issues. However, by focusing on a few strategic issues over the next 3-5 years, D-DENT will continue to build an infrastructure that will, if maintained, sustain the organization for decades.
At the end of the strategic planning session, the following goals were approved. The staff were then charged with developing objectives and action plans to make progress towards those goals.
• Goal #1: D-DENT will strengthen its volunteer base of dentists, hygienists and other volunteers to assist in both program delivery and operational functions.
• Goal #2: D-DENT will increase public awareness of its mission and programs.
• Goal #3: D-DENT will strengthen its staff capacity.
• Goal #4: D-DENT will develop a diverse and engaged board.

1. Volunteer Recruitment: D-DENT’s heavy reliance on volunteer dentists and hygienists to provide services is integral to its success. With many of D-DENT’s dentists approaching 25 years of service, the recruitment of young dentists is considered integral to the organization’s growth.
2. Increased Awareness through social media. While well-known and highly respected within its own circles, D-DENT is an unsung hero among the general public. Given the cost effectiveness of technology and the ease of using social media, it is becoming easier to tell D-DENT’s story to a wider audience. This is an essential tool in recruiting donors and volunteers.
3. Increased Staff Capacity: Expand both the functions of staff members as well as the possibility of increasing the number of staff.
4. Diverse and Engaged Board: A diverse and engaged board is essential to the strength of any nonprofit organization. As D-DENT continues to grow and board members retire, the board will undergo a recruitment process that will identify prospective board members which will continue to bring passion and diversity to the board.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    ● An elderly person who is low-income and uninsured. To be considered elderly, you must be 60 years of age or older. ● A developmentally disabled person who is over the age of 21, low-income and uninsured. Developmental disability is a term used to describe lifelong disabilities manifested before age 22, such as epilepsy, muscular dystrophy, mental retardation, cerebral palsy, etc. ● An honorably discharged veteran who is low-income, uninsured and ineligible for dental care through the V.A. Hospital. ● A disabled person currently being treated for cancer or awaiting a transplant who is low-income and uninsured.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Paper surveys, Case management notes,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Feedback has highlighted areas of service needing improvements such as mailing notification to applicants on the waiting list to let them know they are still active in our system.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Dentists for the Disabled and Elderly in Need of Treatment

Board of directors
as of 10/12/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Colonel Ken Young

USAF (Ret.)

Term: 2019 - 2028

J. Harris

DDS EMERITUS

Phoebe Vaughan

DDS

Tammie Vargo

R.D.H., B.S.D.H., M.Ed. Gerontology

Lynn Carroll

Business Manager

Donna Copeland

Senior Citizen

Ken Young

Col. USAF (Retired)

Darrell Guttery

DDS

Hal Kessler, III

DDS

Kate Kidd

Realtor

Angela Whipple

Senior Dental Student

Greg Stewart

DDS

Sebastian Tietze

DDS

Chris Saxon

DDS

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/12/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Multi-Racial/Multi-Ethnic (2+ races/ethnicities)
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data