Delivering Smiles Inc. is owned and operated by Rhoda Howell-Gonzales, a Registered Dental Hygienist in Alternative Practice (RDHAP)
Our mission is to advance oral health for all
Rhoda Howell-Gonzales RDH, BSDH, RDHAP
Rhoda, has had a diverse career as a Dental Provider, Instructor, Director of Quality, Dental Consultant, and Business owner. She has worked closely with Local and State organizations to improve oral health. As a Dental Consultant to the Central Valley Regional Center, Rhoda implemented strategies to improve oral health outcomes and patient experiences for individuals with special needs.
Rhoda spearheaded and saw to completion the Free Denti-Cal Youth Services grant, a Local Dental Pilot Project, as part of the Dental Transformation Initiative in Fresno County which has coordinated dental care for over 14,000 children in Fresno County. Care coordination to children. Care coordination is a common theme in her endeavors.
As a Director of Quality for a health plan serving the Medicaid population in California, she focused on improving HEDIS quality measures by implementing “Patient-Centered Care Consultants” statewide and oversaw the CAHPS survey (Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems). Working closely with Medical-Dental teams and public health departments has given Rhoda a strong appreciation for a holistic approach to health outcomes and understands the role of collaboration. Most recently she has implemented a School-Based Sealant Program in Fresno County elementary schools.
Rhoda has helped increase the workforce available to provide access to care. She is co-chair to Government Relations Council (GRC) for California Dental Hygiene Association (CDHA).
"Healthy teeth and supporting structures of the mouth are important for generally healthy people, but are essential for those with illness or deteriorating conditions." -surgeon general report