Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City awards $4.1M in oral health grants

The Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City (HCF) has awarded a total of nearly $4.1 million in safety-net funding to 31 nonprofit organizations in 2014, the organization announced.

These grants promote the development of a health and oral healthcare delivery system that provides easy access to quality healthcare, resulting in better health, better care, and lower cost, according to HCF.

"HCF is proud to support these organizations who are working to implement models of service delivery for physical and oral health that increase access and hold the promise of delivering better health, better health care, and lowered costs through improved quality," stated Bridget McCandless, MD, HCF president and CEO, in a press release.

Cass Community Health Foundation was awarded $111,853 to support a full-time and part-time dentist who will provide oral health services to Medicaid and low-income, uninsured children.

Kansas City CARE Clinic was awarded $300,000 to support the general medicine and oral health programs of the Kansas City CARE Clinic. These programs improve access to high-quality and culturally competent medical and dental care for underserved adults, with a focus on patients with chronic diseases.

Seton Center Family & Health Services was awarded $250,000 to provide professional staffing, needy funds, equipment, and program support for oral healthcare for the uninsured and vulnerable, including low-income children, the working poor, older adults, mentally ill, the homeless, and racial and ethnic minorities in the greater Kansas City area.

The Turner House Clinic was awarded $225,000 to enable Turner House to provide coordinated and integrated primary medical care, chronic care, and preventive oral health care for uninsured and underserved children in Wyandotte County in Kansas.

For more information on applying for 2015 HCF Foundation Defined Grants, visit www.hcfgkc.org.

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