The Boston-based DentaQuest Partnership for Oral Health Advancement has announced first-quarter grants totaling $6.1 million in support of initiatives designed to improve oral health nationwide.
Seventy-five organizations will receive grants in support of their efforts to address policies and perceptions that perpetuate poor oral health and lead to significant health disparities; emphasize the importance of oral health overall; integrate oral health into person-centered health care; and incorporate an adult dental benefit in publicly funded health coverage. The investments also include support for initiatives focused on incorporating oral health into the primary education system and person-centered healthcare models designed to improve outcomes and reduce cost.
"Good health starts in your mouth, but too many people are left behind by the broken oral healthcare system, making Americans less healthy overall," said DentaQuest Partnership president Alison Corcoran. "We're leading a revolution to redefine prevention and care, and our grants program is a critical piece of that work. Through our work with grantees, we can help address the real issues people all across the country face every day and change the way they interact with and experience the oral health system. Our many partners are driving this transformation at the local, state, and national levels in pursuit of our common mission — to improve the oral health of all."