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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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.
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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Most Recent Publications
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.
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