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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The corporate giving program of Ivoclar Vivadent, a manufacturer of dental products and supplies, has committed $500,000 to Oral Health America (OHA). The three-year commitment will support the Wisdom Tooth Project, a program working to address the oral health needs of vulnerable older adult populations. This will include support of OHA’s collaboration with the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine to offer oral health education and screenings to older adults in the Greater Buffalo region. An additional in-kind donation of dental supplies totaling $117,000 will be made to OHA’s child oral health programs.
The WITH foundation has granted $120,000 to The Special Care Clinic and Hospital Dentistry Program at University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry. The 3-year grant is intended to increase the number of providers trained to deliver high-quality oral health care to people with cerebral palsy, intellectual disabilities, genetic abnormalities, and seizure disorder. The Dugoni School’s Special Care Clinic is one of very few clinics in Northern California serving a wide range of patients with special healthcare needs.
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Upstream, Systems-Based Solutions to the Oral Health Epidemic
January 19, 2018
Michael Monopoli, DentaQuest Foundation
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
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.