Oral health is essential to overall health, but access to such services is limited. In response, many foundations and corporate giving programs are working to improve oral health care through policy and advocacy, workforce development, and delivery system support. GIH strives to increase funder awareness of this important need, particularly for vulnerable populations.
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A new article in The Foundation Review shares insights from a five-year evaluation of the Oral Health 2020 network, an effort by the DentaQuest Foundation to align and strengthen efforts in service of a national movement to improve oral health. The foundation’s approach was informed by several ideas that have gained momentum in the social sector, including collective impact, networks, systems change, and equity – all of which challenged the foundation to take a nontraditional approach that combined the roles of network hub, weaver, and backbone organization. Six years in, the network has achieved notable successes, and along the way the foundation and its partners learned numerous lessons about what it takes to build and sustain a national network.
The National Rural Oral Health Initiative is the combined effort of the National Rural Health Association and the DentaQuest Foundation to improve oral health disparities in rural America through policy, communications, education and research. As oral health issues have long impacted those living in rural communities, the activities included in this initiative are designed to enhance access to quality oral health care. NRHA is pleased to announce the release of its 2017 Compendium of Rural Oral Health Best Practices.
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Increasing Access to Oral Health Care in Missouri: One Funder's Approach
April 26, 2016
Cynthia P. Hayes, Missouri Foundation for Health
The Role of Evaluation in Designing CHOMPERS! and Bringing Dental Care to Kids
September 23, 2013
Lisa Payne Simon, M.P.H., Health Foundation for Western and Central New York
Returning the Mouth to the Body: Integrating Oral Health & Primary Care
September 26, 2012
Integrating Oral Health and Primary Care
This white paper, Oral Health: An Essential Component of Primary Care, makes the case for including preventive oral health care in routine medical care.