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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.

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August 2017

Two recent case studies show that the addition of dental therapists at two private, for-profit clinics in Minnesota helped increase access to oral health services for low-income and underserved residents while providing quality care and significantly increased cost-efficiency. The studies were commissioned and funded by Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation and evaluated by Wilder Research based on clinic service, financial data, patient surveys, and key informant interviews with dentists, administrative staff, and dental therapists.

August 2017

The DentaQuest Foundation and The California Wellness Foundation have jointly announced their funding for the new California Oral Health Network. The Network will rally and unify diverse stakeholders committed to aligning on local, state, and regional health promotion efforts, while supporting implementation of the California Department of Public Health’s State Oral Health Plan.

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