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UCSF To Investigate Children’s Oral Health Disparities

The University of California San Francisco (UCSF) School of Dentistry is the latest recipient of research grants totaling more than $20 million from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) designed to reduce oral health disparities and improve children’s dental health.

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The University of California San Francisco (UCSF) School of Dentistry is the latest recipient of research grants totaling more than $20 million from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) designed to reduce oral health disparities and improve children’s dental health. The awards support the Multidisciplinary and Collaborative Research Consortium to Reduce Oral Health Disparities in Children, a new initiative of the NIH’s National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR). NIDCR previously awarded UCSF $35 million to create the UCSF Center to Address Disparities in Children’s Oral Health (CAN DO). The school is calling one arm of the funding CAN DO 3, and it will focus on ways to improve oral health status of groups that have historically experienced the highest prevalence of dental diseases. Special attention will be paid to children with increased caries risk. UCSF researchers will also be charged with eliminating health disparities among low-income populations through evidence-based approaches. The rest of the funding will support the school’s Coordinating Center to Help Eliminate/Reduce Oral Health Inequalities in Children and the Behavioral Economics for Oral Health Innovation project.


From Dimensions of Dental Hygiene. February 2016;14(02):16.

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