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Canada-United States Chapter of the Alliance for a Cavity-Free Future hands out three grants

December 06, 2016 Toronto — The Canada-United States Chapter of the Alliance for a Cavity-Free Future awarded an interprofessional grant to a Kansas City program that aims to improve the process of dental referrals for high-risk children.

Children's Mercy Kansas City's program "Promoting Oral Health in Primary Care: Closing the Dental Referral Loop" was one of the recipients of three grants, according to a news release. This program aims to improve the process of dental referrals for children at highest risk, according to the news release, by expanding the role of a dedicated staff member who will help to shepherd identified children through the referral process and coordinate care between patients and providers.

The Alliance awarded three grants totaling $50,000 to fund projects that will be carried out in 2017 that hope to have a positive impact on dental caries for children aged 0-6. The other two recipients were in Canada.
 
The inaugural grant program aims to bring together groups outside of dentistry, such as pediatrics and primary care, to help underserved communities, according to a news release. Made possible through funding from Colgate-Palmolive, the grants focus on populations living in remote areas with limited access to dental care, disadvantaged low-income communities and other populations with specialized health care needs.

"Disparities in dental caries experience and access to care exist all across North America," said Dr. Margherita Fontana, professor, University of Michigan School of Dentistry, in the release. "We believe these programs will have a significant short and long-term impact in our understanding of how to reduce these disparities."

For those interested in finding resources on caries prevention, more information can be found at www.AllianceforaCavityFreeFuture.org.