The funds will establish the UCLA-First 5 LA Children's Dental Care Program, which will provide care to children from birth to age 5 and pregnant women for the next five years, the university noted in a press release. The program is aimed at underserved communities.
The program, which is also designed to help UCLA faculty gain a better understanding of the barriers that limit the use of dental care by underserved groups, will also work to do the following:
First 5 LA oversees the city's allocation of funds from Proposition 10, which added a 50¢ tax on tobacco products sold in California. Funds help pay for healthcare, education, and child development programs for children from the prenatal stage to age 5 and their families.
First 5 LA gave the UCLA dental school $9.23 million last year, bringing the total amount the school has received from the organization to more than $20 million over the past year.