Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children (HSHC) and the Foundation of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry have awarded 15 Access to Care Grants totaling $269,000 to organizations that supported local service initiatives and provided oral healthcare access to underserved, at-risk children.
Through these 15 community-based organizations, HSHC will reach at least 24,500 children during the next year, the AAPD noted in a press release. The 2013-2014 HSHC grant phase marks the organization's biggest year to date with the announcement.
The 15 grant awardees will receive up to $20,000 per year and funds may be applied to cover costs of clinic supplies and instruments, patient/parent education materials, preventive care, or other activity with clear, direct impact on child oral care.
The grants were awarded to the following:
- Center for Family Health, Jackson, MI: $14,908
- Children's Dental Services, Minneapolis: $20,000
- Children's Health Fund, New York City: $20,000
- Columbus Neighborhood Health Center, Columbus, OH: $20,000
- Community Health Center, Lincoln, NE: $10,000
- Cook Children's Medical Center, Fort Worth, TX: $20,000
- Kids Community Dental Clinic, Burbank, CA: $19, 595
- Missouri Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, St. Louis: $5,000
- Ostrow School of Dentistry of University of Southern California, Los Angeles: $20,000
- Polk County Health Department, Lakeland, FL: $20,000
- Sisters of Charity Foundation of Canton, Canton, OH: $20,000
- Tomagwa HealthCare Ministries, Tomball, TX: $20,000
- University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine, Buffalo, NY: $20,000
- Waukesha County Community Dental Clinic, Waukesha, WI: $20,000
- Yale New Haven Hospital Pediatric Dental Residency, New Haven, CT: $20,000
HSHC Access to Care Grants must be expended within 12 months of award, and recipients may reapply in subsequent years. Funding will be awarded to the 15 organizations on July 1, 2013.