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Oral Health

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.

Contact Rana Suliman for more information about our programming in this area.



Upcoming Events Spotlight

  • Meeting
    April 18, 2019 • Sheraton Memphis Downtown Hotel
    Memphis, Tennessee

    Oral health is a barometer of overall health and crucial for total well-being, but nearly 74 million Americans do not have access to oral health care. This population reflects the looming disparities and barriers to oral health care driven by a diverse range of issues including the oral health delivery system structure, dental provider shortages in underserved areas, lack of comprehensive Medicaid and Medicare dental benefits for low-income populations, and the historical separation of oral health care from traditional primary care.


Issue Spotlight

Spotlight
December 2018


According to a newly released poll, nearly one-third of caregivers providing long-term care to family and friends have neglected their own dental care as they perform the often full-time and unpaid work of caregiving. The Pew Charitable Trusts has provided an analysis outlining how access to dental therapy could address this issue, particularly as the demand for caregivers increases over the next few decades. Dental therapists, who are similar to nurse practitioners or physician assistants, are trained to provide routine preventative and restorative care to largely underserved populations.


Spotlight
December 2018


The Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation has pledged $3.4 million in oral health equity grants over three years to 29 Colorado-based non-profits serving low-income children, families, older adults, and low-English proficiency communities. The grants will fund evidence-based and innovative solutions addressing oral health care access and tooth decay prevention among historically underserved populations throughout the state.


Upcoming Events

  • Meeting
    April 18, 2019 • Sheraton Memphis Downtown Hotel
    Memphis, Tennessee

    Oral health is a barometer of overall health and crucial for total well-being, but nearly 74 million Americans do not have access to oral health care. This population reflects the looming disparities and barriers to oral health care driven by a diverse range of issues including the oral health delivery system structure, dental provider shortages in underserved areas, lack of comprehensive Medicaid and Medicare dental benefits for low-income populations, and the historical separation of oral health care from traditional primary care.


  • Meeting
    June 12, 2019 • Seattle, Washington

    Please join GIH for the 2019 annual conference in Seattle






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