Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children Awards Five Access to Care Grants

May 27, 2011 02:01 PM

New York City (May 27, 2011) – Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children (HSHC), the Foundation of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), awarded five Access to Care Grants to organizations that supported local service initiatives and provided oral health care to underserved children and/or children with limited access to care. HSHC announced its Access to Care Grant awardees, each receiving up to $20,000, during the AAPD’s 64th Annual Session at the Hilton New York Hotel on Friday, May 27th.

Access to Care Grants were awarded to: the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine’s (CDM) Community DentCare program (New York), Desert Mission, Inc.’s Dental Care Expansion to Serve More Children in Need (Arizona), the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry at the University of Southern California’s (USC) Homeless Children’s Oral Health program (California), the Illinois Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics’ Bright Smiles from Birth program (Illinois), and New York University’s The ABC’s of Early Childhood Oral Health for Rural Practitioners (New York).

This year, HSHC doubled its receipt of applications to more than 130 for the five 2011 Access to Care Grants, which will be used to help awardees expand their reach within the community, including funding tools and instruments, patient and parent education materials, take-home supplies such as toothbrushes and toothpaste and outreach efforts to recruit dentists to participate in program activities.

Tooth decay is the single most common chronic childhood disease, and is still the major cause of tooth loss in children. About 25 percent of our nation’s children have nearly 80 percent of the cavities. Who is at risk? Children who are recent immigrants to the U.S.; children in non-fluoridated communities; children from impoverished families; and children with special health care needs, such as the chronically ill, homebound, physically impaired or developmentally disabled.

"We’re honored to support and award these five outstanding organizations with our Access to Care Grants," said Dr. David K. Curtis, President of HSHC. "With over 40 - 50 percent of children being affected by tooth decay before age five, it’s imperative that we continue to address key barriers to comprehensive quality oral health care. We’re thrilled to work alongside these grantees in their efforts to provide healthy smiles to all children."

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