HHS Secy.Sylvia Burwell awards $156 million to support 420 health centers in 47 states in their effort to expand integrated oral health care services for children, youth and the underserved.
This funding enables health centers to expand integrated oral health care services and increase the number of patients served. With these awards from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), health centers across the country will increase their oral health service capacity by hiring approximately 1,600 new dentists, dental hygienists, assistants, aides, and technicians to treat nearly 785,000 new patients.
“Oral health is an important part of our overall physical health and well-being,” said Burwell. “The funding we are awarding will reduce barriers to quality dental care for hundreds of thousands of Americans by bringing new oral health providers to health centers across the country.”
Oral health problems can be a sign of illness elsewhere in the body.
“HRSA will continue to explore ways to further integrate oral health services within primary care settings, and increase awareness of the connection between oral health and overall health,” said HRSA Acting Administrator Jim Macrae.
Nearly 1,400 health centers operate approximately 9,800 service delivery sites in every state; these health centers employ more than 170,000 staff who provide care for nearly 23 million patients.
Winners include: ST. John’s Well Child And Family Center, Inc., Los Angeles, $350,000; Children’s Clinic ‘Serving Children And Their Families’, Long Beach, CA., $349,999; and Beloved Community Family Wellness Center, Chicago, $350,000.