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Donor Profile: Dr. Jeff Kahl

January 2014 Volume L Number 1

Dr. Jeff Kahl maintains a private practice in Colorado Springs and teaches part time at Children's Hospital Colorado, where he earned his Pediatric Certificate. Kahl has been a member of the AAPD since 2004, a Diplomate of the ABPD since 2007, and is a past president of the Colorado Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. An avid volunteer and supporter of many causes, Kahl is currently serving as the AAPD public policy advocate for Colorado.

 

He and his wife, Carrie, enjoy skiing, hiking and camping in the Colorado mountains with their daughter, Kaylee, and son, Preston.
 
Q: What was your first impression of Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children?
 
The foundation is a great opportunity for pediatric dentists to collectively have an impact on access to care by supporting innovation and public development. It's a collective effort for pediatric dentists to utilize their skills to advocate children's oral health care.
 
Q: What does giving to Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children mean to you personally?
 
I work hard to be involved in my community but at the end of the day it is difficult for me as an individual to make a difference on a grand scale. Contributing to HSHC makes me feel like I can be a part of solutions on a bigger stage. It's a rewarding feeling to contribute to a cause supporting education, research, and patient care to advance children's oral health.
 
Q: Why would you encourage others to support Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children?
 
While most of my colleagues voice their support for community efforts to increase care, many complain that they are too busy with work and family to be involved. Contributing to HSHC is a way that individuals can support the dental home initiative that demands little of their time. With collective support, we can ensure that all children have compassionate and consistent care.
 
Q: Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children supports community-based initiatives that provide access to care for all children. What initiatives provide support for the underserved in your community?
 
We have some great programs where I live such as KIND (Kids in Need of Dentistry) along with Head Start. Opportunities are available for access to care grants in Colorado through an application process which can provide Dental Homes and access to dental care to children. Members should encourage qualified community groups to apply for Access to Care Grants.
 
Q: What are some causes that are near and dear to you, and why?
 
I tend to gravitate towards programs that already push forward high quality care and a big emphasis on prevention, across the socioeconomic spectrum. That is what I like about El Paso County Head Start—their oral health administrative team cares a great deal about both the experience and quality of care that their kiddos get.
 
Q: What kind of volunteer activities are you involved in?
 
I am involved with El Paso County Head Start, Colorado Mission of Mercy, and I work closely with the Community Health Center here particularly around Give Kids a Smile. I also serve as the state public policy advocate for the Colorado Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and I am involved with governmental relations through the Colorado Dental Association. 

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