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Colorado Springs dental hygienist wins national award

Michelle Vacha, founder of Community Dental Health Clinic, was one of 25 people nominated for the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Award for Outstanding Public Service Benefitting Local Communities. In a ceremony in New York City’s Ziegfeld Theater last month, she emerged as one of five winners of the national award. Her tireless contributions to seniors have improved their lives and made a profound impact on the community. Vacha initially created Senior Mobile Dental in southern Colorado to transport dental care to seniors who could not afford it or did not have transportation. Vacha’s vision grew into two permanent dental offices, one in Colorado Springs and one in Pueblo. The non-profit offers affordable dental care to anyone in need at a fraction of the cost—often 50% of what private practices charge or even less. Community Dental Health is located at 3650 Rebecca Lane. For more information about their services, visit or call 719-310-3315

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