Darlene L. Smolen, MA, is a consultant specializing in healthcare and higher education. Her company provides public relations and marketing consultation services, program development, and consultation on collaboration and partnership building to improve community health. Clients include health departments, universities, insurance companies, hospitals, and state agencies in three western states.
Smolen has created and coordinated numerous Community Health Partnerships for her clients, which address a variety of health concerns including infant caries, domestic violence, the impact of poverty on children and teens, mental health issues for children, access to dental, and medical care for Medicaid eligible children and adults, as well as the uninsured and working poor. Ms. Smolen was a consultant to the University of Washington for its work with Head Start in the Western Pacific and assisted the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare in the implementation of a statewide Children’s Oral Health Access Program.
In southwest Washington State, Ms. Smolen coordinated a community-based effort to create a free medical clinic using all-volunteer medical providers to serve uninsured low-income and working poor. Ms. Smolen was also a consultant in Oregon for a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funded by the Early Childhood Caries Prevention Program, which has become a national model. The program was honored by the National Association of City and County Health Officers (NACCHO) as a recipient of a Model Practice Award.
Smolen is currently Program Manager for the University of Washington’s Baby Smiles Project in Oregon State, a Community Based Intergenerational Oral Health Study within the Northwest Center to Reduce Oral Health Disparities and funded by NIH-NIDCR.