In April 2016, Barbara Aved Associates completed the first Santa Cruz County oral health needs assessment, Increasing Access to Dental Services for Children and Adults on the Central Coast.
In June 2016, Oral Health Access Santa Cruz County assembled a steering committee to address the county's oral health needs.
By December 2016, the steering committee set forth measurable and actionable strategies for the purpose of expanding oral health access in Santa Cruz County, described in the Strategic Plan.
In June 2018, the committee issued its first report card articulating progress towards the strategic plan goals.
The committee is chaired by Dientes Community Dental Care Chief Dental Director Dr. Sepideh Taghvaei and by Santa Cruz County Supervisor Zach Friend.