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Grant Funds Address the Oral Health of Patients With Disabilities

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CareQuest Institute for Oral Health has allocated $1.25 million in funding to 10 organizations to address systemic barriers to oral health for people with disabilities. The recipients are:

  • American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Foundation to improve the dental delivery system to better serve people with disabilities as they transition from childhood to adulthood.
  • Alameda Health System Foundation to develop a dedicated augmentative and alternative communication mobile app.
  • New Mexico Dental Association Foundation to develop a comprehensive statewide report to address the oral health needs of individuals with disabilities.
  • American Institute of Dental Public Health to create a series of strategies to expand access to care for people with disabilities covered by Medicaid.
  • Arc of the United States to launch the Dental for All project to promote outreach in communities to address disparities in dental outcomes for people with disabilities.
  • University of California Los Angeles School of Dentistry to expand clinic operations to focus on creating a inclusive patient-centered dental home for people with disabilities.
  • University of Cincinnati Foundation to create a pilot dental program serving those with disabilities.
  • University of Colorado Denver to support a variety of strategies to improve access to care for those with disabilities.
  • University of Florida Foundation to create a mobile program to provide dental services for people with disabilities.
  • University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine to build a network of organizations and individuals committed to improving the oral health of people with disabilities.

Each will receive $125,000. These initiatives aim to correct institutional discrimination and access barriers by engaging with the disability community throughout the process.

From Dimensions of Dental Hygiene. March 2024; 22(2):10

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