Final FY 2015 Appropriations Legislation Includes $10 Million for Title VII Pediatric Dentistry Training

 On December 12-13, 2014 the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate passed the massive "cromnibus" $1.1 trillion bill to fund the federal government for fiscal year (FY) 2015. The President signed the bill into law December 16, 2014.

The AAPD’s top appropriations priority, funding for Title VII pediatric dentistry, received our requested amount of $10 million.  This represents the highest level of funding ever obtained for this program to date.  The AAPD also worked closely with the ADA to secure language that continues to prohibit federal funding for dental therapist or other alternative provider demonstration projects.

Background:  The authority to fund Pediatric Dentistry residency training under Title VII was first enacted under the Health Professions Education Partnerships Act of 1998. This expanded the existing General Dentistry training authority, providing "start up" funds to either increase Pediatric Dentistry positions at existing programs or initiate new programs. In the first decade-plus of funding, almost $60 million has supported over 60 Pediatric Dentistry programs, including 10 new programs. Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Title VII authority was expanded to create a primary care dental funding cluster under Section 748 of the Public Health Service Act. Authority was broadened to allow use of funds for faculty development, predoctoral training, and faculty loan repayment. The latter initiative had long been advocated by the AAPD, on account of the significant difficulties in recruiting qualified individuals to fill faculty positions. 

FY 2015 Final Appropriations:  The "cromnibus" bill provides $254.978 million for health professions training (Title VII), an 3.9 percent increase over FY 2014, and $231.622 million for Title VIII (nursing), a 3.5 percent increase over FY 2014. The bill provides $33.928 million for the oral health primary care training cluster, a six percent increase over FY 2014, with the following report language:

"Oral Health Training.-The agreement includes not less than $9,000,000 for General Dentistry programs and not less than $10,000,000 for Pediatric Dentistry programs.

Alternative Dental Health Providers.- While the agreement continues to carry bill language that prohibits the use of funds for alternative dental health care provider demonstration projects, this language is not intended to prohibit or preclude a State's ability to independently develop policies to increase patient access to dental care in underserved areas in order to address the unique needs and demands of that State." 

H.R. 83 / Public Law 113-235,Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 can be accessed here.

The AAPD thanks all of those advocates who attended the Public Policy Advocacy Conference in Washington, D.C. in March 2014, which included advocacy for this program.  The AAPD especially thanks Congressional Liaison Heber Simmons Jr. and Mike Gilliland and Kate McAuliffe at Hogan Lovells in Washington, D.C. for all of their efforts through-out the long budgetary process.  The AAPD also acknowledges our joint efforts with ADA and ADEA.

NEW HRSA FY 2015 Title VII Dental Grants:  The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has announced new FY 2015 grant cycles for Title VII predoctoral and postdoctoral dental programs, including pediatric dentistry. The AAPD encourages all interested programs to apply. 

The postdoctoral grant application can be accessed on at:  HRSA anticipates making $10.5 million available for 23 grants. The application deadline is February 5, 2015.  There are also HRSA technical assistance calls on Dec. 18, 2014 and January 22, 2015. 

The predoctoral grant application can be accessed on at:  HRSA anticipates making $3.95 million available for 13 grants.  The application deadline is February 2, 2015.  There are also HRSA technical assistance calls on December 17, 2014 and January 21, 2015.


For further information about the FY 2015 "cromnibus bill", please contact AAPD Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel C. Scott Litch at  For more information about the FY 2015 HRSA Title VII dental grants please contact AAPD Educational Affairs Manager Scott Dalhouse at




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