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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.

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Spotlight
April 2018


A new report authored by the Center for Oral Health, “A Healthy Smile Never Gets Old: A California Report on the Oral Health of Older Adults,” finds that a significant number of older adults in California are plagued by oral health problems. Among the findings, the report found that older adults have a high prevalence of oral health needs, with half of older adults residing in skilled nursing facilities and a third of older adults living in the community suffering from untreated tooth decay. The report was funded in-part by the Archstone Foundation, The California Wellness Foundation, Delta Dental Health Education and Research Fund, and Liberty Dental Plan Foundation.



Spotlight
March 2018

A new study funded by Pew Charitable Trusts has demonstrated that advanced dental therapists improve access to care for rural populations in Minnesota and keep clinic costs low.


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