Chicanos Por La Causa Joins Dental Care for Arizona Coalition

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Growing Effort to License Dental Therapists in Arizona Gains Supporters, Momentum

Dental Care for Arizona

“Arizona’s Latino children are disproportionately afflicted with poor oral healthcare,” said Guillermo Velez, Vice President of CPLC Integrated Health Services.

Dental Care for Arizona, an action group dedicated to increasing access to high quality oral healthcare for all Arizonans, added Chicanos Por La Causa, Inc. (CPLC) to its growing ranks of community organizations in support of licensed dental therapy.

“Arizona’s Latino children are disproportionately afflicted with poor oral healthcare,” said Guillermo Velez, Vice President of CPLC Integrated Health Services. “We support dental therapy as a common-sense solution because it will provide rural and underserved communities with greater access to quality dental care.”

CPLC has long supported innovative solutions to complex community challenges, working to provide education, housing, economic development, and health opportunities to underserved populations in Arizona, Nevada, and New Mexico. Its support of Dental Care for Arizona’s mandate to bring about better oral healthcare, in a fiscally responsible manner, is indicative of CPLC’s tireless efforts to promote stronger and healthier communities.

In addition to CPLC, Dental Care for Arizona recently welcomed the Arizona Dental Hygienists Association, the Arizona Farm Bureau, Valle del Sol Community Health and the Arizona Rural Health Coalition to its growing ranks of forward-thinking organizations in support of dental therapy.

For more information on Dental Care for Arizona, or to see a complete list of coalition members, visit

About Chicanos Por La Causa
Chicanos Por La Causa, Inc. (CPLC) is a community development corporation (CDC) that provides services in Arizona, Nevada, and New Mexico. Since 1969, CPLC has been changing lives by developing self-sufficiency and instilling empowerment in those we serve. Our focus areas are economic development, education, housing, and integrated health & human services. CPLC provides a better life through offering business and employment opportunities; ensuring everyone has the solid foundation of an education; providing hope through a pathway of recovery, restoration, and resiliency; and ensuring that a safe, secure, affordable home is available to every individual we serve. Today, we have 48 programs & services, 830 employees, and 60 offices, making CPLC the third-largest Hispanic nonprofit in the nation and number one organizations in Arizona. For more information, please visit

About Dental Care for Arizona
Dental Care for Arizona supports licensing dental therapists, an innovative way to expand access to high quality and affordable care. The safety and quality track record for dental therapists is long and well documented. In addition to decades of experience in more than 50 countries around the world, more than 1,000 studies and evaluations confirm that dental therapists provide safe and quality care for dental patients, while also making dental care more available to the underserved. For more information on dental therapist licensing efforts in Arizona, please visit

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