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Foundation Awards Four Grants in 2014

The 2014 MDA Foundation grants have been awarded to the Muskegon Volunteer for Dental Care, the Jewish Vocational Service, and the Greater Flint Health Coalition. This year’s recipients each received a $5,000 grant to provide access to care and oral health education to the underserved.

That’s how your MDA Foundation is making a difference in the oral health of Michigan residents, through its Dr. Matthew E. Uday Access to Care/Oral Health Initiatives Grants. This year’s grants totaled $15,000, bringing the total in Foundation grants over the past nine years to $140,000.

Making a donation to the Michigan Dental Association Foundation assists in providing grants like these. For more information on how to make a donation, call the Michigan Dental Association Foundation at 800-589-2632. The Access to Care/Oral Health Initiative grants are named in honor of Dr. Matthew Uday, who was a former member of the Foundation board of directors who passed away in December 2009.

Here’s more on this year’s grants . . .

The Muskegon Volunteer for Dental Care

The Muskegon Volunteer for Dental Care’s mission is to provide access to urgent dental care and dental health education through a pay-it-forward dental partnership for low-income, uninsured adults. Exchanging volunteer service for dental care decreases the pain from untreated dental symptoms, increases value as an individual, and puts a smile on your face for your next job interview.

MVDC seeks to improve dental health and form a reliable alternative to the emergency room for urgent dental care for approximately 100 Muskegon County low-income, uninsured adult residents.

The Michigan Dental Association Foundation’s support will help bring this program to its full potential. This $100,510 initiative at full capacity can produce an output value of more than $200,000 in dental services, volunteer hours and oversight in the first year alone.

The MVDC project demonstrates a triple win situation — for the dentists, the patients and the community and the Michigan Dental Association Foundation is proud to be a partner in this endeavor.

Jewish Vocational Service

Jewish Vocational Service and Tri-County Dental Health has committed to join with the University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry and community support providers for people with disabilities to ensure dental students receive clinical training with this vulnerable population.

In order to succeed, JVS believes that a patient incentive will enhance participation rates. They have developed a novel approach to promote the patients with disabilities as “co-teachers” who will educate their student dental providers about specific techniques and practices when working with people with special needs. The MDA Foundation has provided funding for this unique piece of the project: incentive stipends for “co-teachers”. Not only will this project improve access for people with disabilities at UDM’s School of Dentistry, but also the future dental offices of their graduates.

The Greater Flint Health Coalition

The Greater Flint Health Coalition, in partnership with member organization Mott Children’s Health Center, created a multi-sector Children’s Oral Health Task Force to collectively impact the dental health of children in Genesee County.

The task force has implemented a systematic approach to eliminate barriers to dental services of children ages 0-5 with special emphasis on children at high risk for developing dental caries, including those with Medicaid coverage, underinsured and uninsured. Strategies of the task force have provided outreach and education to increase the percentage of caregivers recognizing the importance of dental health and increase provider awareness of children’s dental health issues including the adoption of the clinical best practice model of the Age One dental exam.

Given the success of these strategies the task force plans to devote attention to a third focus, building supportive environments for appropriate dental health behaviors via strategies to include focused dental health education through childcare centers in underserved areas of Flint and Genesee County.

The MDA Foundation grant funding will be utilized to expand the community education efforts. Funds will be used to print and disseminate educational materials for the Baby Those Baby Teeth dental health education campaign in high-need, underserved areas of Flint.

 

 

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