SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The DentaQuest Partnership for Oral Health Advancement named Family Health Centers of San Diego today as one of 75 organizations across the country to receive a combined $6.1 million in grants for their efforts to improve oral health.
Family Health Centers received $4,168 from the DentaQuest Partnership, one of 11 organizations in California to receive a grant. The DentaQuest Partnership awarded a total of $800,000 to the 11 health care, policy and community organizations in California.
The DentaQuest Partnership awarded the grants throughout the first quarter of 2019 and plans to make further investments later this year. The grants are intended to target oral health care disparities and the public perception of proper oral care across the country. The DentaQuest Partnership also invested in organizations and programs that teach proper oral care to primary school students in an effort to eliminate childhood dental diseases.
"Good health starts in your mouth, but too many people are left behind by the broken oral health care system, making Americans less healthy overall,'' said DentaQuest Partnership President Alison Corcoran. "We're
leading a revolution to redefine prevention and care, and our grants program is a critical piece of that work.''
According to the partnership, two-third of the first-quarter grants were aimed at stressing the importance of oral health care and integrating it into so-called person-centered care. In addition to California, 26 states and Washington, D.C., received grants from the partnership in Q1, ranging from just over $4,000 to more than $400,000.
"Through our work with grantees, we can help address the real issues people all across the country face every day and change the way they interact with and experience the oral health system,'' Corcoran said. "Our many partners are driving this transformation at the local, state and national levels in pursuit of our common mission -- to improve the oral health of all.''