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Promoting Equity Through Workforce Innovations: Impact of Dental Therapy in Tribal and Indigenous Communities

This webinar discussed the historical and social contexts of oral health disparities experienced by tribal communities around the world and the evolution of dental therapy as a successful care model which supports locally representative, community-oriented, and culturally appropriate care for these populations.

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Dentistry’s Newest Profession: Expanding Access, Creating Equity, Improving Health

ntal therapists are oral health care’s newest professionals. In the same way that physician assistants work with medical teams, dental therapists are supervised by dentists and expand the reach of the dental team, which allows people to get dental care in communities that have long gone without it.

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A Grantmaker Affinity Group Informs the Field, Inspires Innovation, and Ignites Action

Early and often, health funders are asked to fund oral health. It has become clear, however, that equally, if not more essential, are investments to eliminate the systemic inequities that concentrate disease in specific populations.

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Trends in Health Philanthropy: Oral Health Care Access and Equity

We should not have to make the case for oral health programming, but the reality is that the health effects of oral health disparities are not widely recognized—despite the fact that these disparities continue to be persistent and pervasive.

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A Grantmaker Affinity Group Informs the Field, Inspires Innovation, and Ignites Action

Early and often, health funders are asked to fund oral health. It has become clear, however, that equally, if not more essential, are investments to eliminate the systemic inequities that concentrate disease in specific populations.

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What’s Coming Up in 2019 for GIH and Health Philanthropy?

In 2019, there are several trends we will be following. These trends show that, in general, funders are grappling with the changing environments of service delivery, health in communities, and organizational effectiveness.

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Dentistry’s Newest Profession: Expanding Access, Creating Equity, Improving Health

ntal therapists are oral health care’s newest professionals. In the same way that physician assistants work with medical teams, dental therapists are supervised by dentists and expand the reach of the dental team, which allows people to get dental care in communities that have long gone without it.

Read More →

Upstream, Systems-Based Solutions to the Oral Health Epidemic

At the turn of this century, then Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher put out the first Surgeons’ General Report on oral health and declared that poor oral health was a “silent” epidemic that impacted much of the United States. That declaration was a pivotal moment that increased salience and spurred action around the issue.

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Increasing Access to Oral Health Care in Missouri: One Funder’s Approach

The Missouri Foundation for Health began to address better access to oral health care for their region in 2013 by expanding the capacity and infrastructure of the state’s oral health system. The success of their initiative is a result of the development of partnerships and eliciting community input, and is an ideal model for foundations in other areas.

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Better Health Through Better Philanthropy - Grantmakers in Health

The Role of Evaluation in Designing CHOMPERS! and Bringing Dental Care to Kids

In response to the clear and urgent need to improve the dental health of young children living in poverty in western and central New York, the Health Foundation for Western and Central New York launched CHOMPERS! Because the foundation was taking a brand new approach in implementing the Cavity Free Kids curriculum as part of the initiative, a strong evaluation was critical.

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GIH Events

Returning the Mouth to the Body: Integrating Oral Health & Primary Care

GIH convened the Issue Dialogue Returning the Mouth to the Body: Integrating Oral Health Care and Primary Care to discuss the benefits, challenges, and approaches to integrating oral health and primary care. This Issue Brief synthesizes key points from the day’s discussion with a background paper previously prepared for meeting participants.

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Better Health Through Better Philanthropy - Grantmakers in Health

Dental Hub and Spoke Project Links Kansans in Underserved Areas to Dental Care

Kansas, like many states with a vast rural geography, has substantial areas with little or no access to oral health services. Studies of the Kansas dental workforce show 93 of 105 counties do not have enough dentists to serve their population.  

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Get Involved

Interested in learning more? Contact Rana Suleman.