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DEI as applied to recruitment and retention highlighted at recent NHBR event

Ryan King, our vice president of human resources, and I were pleased to have been invited by NH Business Review to participate as speakers and panelists representing Northeast Delta Dental at NHBR’s annual event on diversity, equity and inclusion. DEI: From Talk to Action was held recently at the Manchester Country Club. If you didn’t attend this year, I hope you will join us in 2024!

The event included speakers highlighting key aspects of DEI as it applied to recruitment and retention, a series of audience table discussions and an expert panel exploring topics raised during the table discussions. Speakers included diversity experts from Plymouth State University, Sanborn Diversity Training Solutions, Lavallee Brensinger Architects and Point32Health. The following are some of the points about Northeast Delta Dental’s diversity journey that Ryan and I shared.

On DEI as it applies to recruitment and retention:

As examples of equity and inclusion, I told participants that we had a role in last year’s landmark NH legislation extending dental benefits to adult Medicaid recipients and that we incentivize dental students to provide services to underserved populations with loan repayments and scholarships. I also pointed out that we dedicate financial resources to helping veterans in all three of our states to receive dental care because veterans often can’t obtain these services through the Department of Veterans Affairs.

In keeping with our belief that everyone deserves a healthy smile, our DEI initiatives are an important facet of Northeast Delta Dental’s ongoing efforts to eliminate impediments to oral health by increasing access to dental services that, ultimately, improve people’s overall health and general sense of well-being.

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